December 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Limbaugh calls Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke'

Limbaugh called Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke.'
Limbaugh called Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke.'

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh seems to have given Hillary Clinton his stamp of approval for the second time this year.

The conservative talk show host — who urged supporters during the primary season to back Clinton in an effort to prolong the bitter Democratic presidential nomination fight — told ABC’s Barbara Walters that Clinton’s selection as Secretary of State was "a brilliant stroke" by President-elect Obama.

He said the move was a political master stroke, effectively ruling out a primary challenge in four years. "You know the old phrase, 'You keep your friends close and your enemies closer?' How can she run for president in 2012?” he asks. “She'd have to run against the incumbent and be critical of him - the one who made her Secretary of State."

Obama himself seemed to give a nod Monday to the pair’s policy disagreements during the 2008 primary season. "I assembled this team because I'm a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions,” he said at the event where he named Clinton as the leader of his new national security team. “I think that's how the best decisions are made.”

soundoff (735 Responses)
  1. Stan James

    Who cares what Rush says? He's rapidly on his way to irrelevancy, anyway.

    December 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. cameroon/west africa

    THANKS BUT NO THANKS RUSH.
    WHAT HAS HANNITY GOTTA SAY?

    December 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. imagine

    Hey, Demmies! You won! Be positive! Implement your "change" and quit being precoocupied with bashing the old Republican enemies. Is Rush not allowed to speak? Is this the kind of change we need?

    December 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. sven54

    Some of these comments are hilarious! Definition of PHONY is Jesse Jackson crying the night Obama was elected after wanting Obama's nuts cut off just a few months earlier.

    December 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. arlene, CA

    for the first time I agree with Rush. It makes sense to me. But, why then did Hillary accept ? If it is all to benefit Obama. Her desire to be part of this historic event ?

    December 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Joe in Austin

    Like quoting Carl Rove, you can be sure the comments here are disingenuous, dishonest, and designed to support opposition.

    December 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Steve

    Right Wing Wacko!

    December 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. IndyVoter

    Puh-leez...Its Political Strategy 101. PE Obama has shown from the very beginning by the way that he ran his campaign that he is politically astute, intelligent and capable of making pragmatic adn politically expedient decisions. It will take the ability to do both in order for him to navigate us out of these economically toxic waters and get our foreign policy back on track.

    This is nothing new to those of us who supported him.

    December 1, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. shalom

    the incumbent president is not the automatic nominee.....Remember when Ed Kennedy ran against Carter in the primary...

    And Robert Kennedy would have run against LBJ had he not made that well statement:

    "I will not seek, nor will I accept, my parties nomination for president...

    December 1, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Palin Fan

    Palin for PRESIDENT '12

    December 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. sandy

    Notice how the republicans always feel every move is motivated by politics. He never mentions or thinks that it could be good for the country. No wonder nothing got done in the last 8 year. All the focus was on politics never on policies.

    December 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. rlumley

    Rush is a prime example of what is wrong with the repupublican party. if you cant slander them then scare the hell out of them.only in America {which does make you special] can a clown like that speak daily on a radio station.

    December 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Branden

    WOW, he must really be ripped on vicodin.

    December 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Blue is my favourite colour

    Limbaugh – what a fat head. Go back to your right wing, evangelical idiot spouting bull that you are famous for.

    Obama took down the Clinton machine, and the Republican machine. Rush, only you would be so stupid to think that a man with 4 years sitting at the helm of the country would have competition from Hillary in the 2012 election cycle. Perhaps it is from a drug-enduced stupor from which you are speaking?

    December 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Rush,
    Please move to Alaska with Palin and take Giuliani, O'Reily, and Hannity with you ;)

    December 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Brain in DC

    I thought for a second that Rush started to think positively. I'm wrong again.

    December 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. paul (staunch Moderate)

    I really wish that journalists would stop giving this purveyor of bigotry and hate any creedance by interviewing him on any topic at all.

    December 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Blue is my favourite colour

    PS, I bet Rush doesn't know who actually said: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer". It's not an old saying......

    December 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. ctvoter

    Don't know why anyone airs the ramblings of someone so out of it.

    December 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. JJ12345

    GalileoRad December 1st, 2008 5:47 pm ET

    "Without Fairness and rules against personal attacks, I fear that right wing radio talkers will again take advantage of the short attention span of listeners and reposition themselves as the singular arbiters of truth."

    So is it bad if its just the right wing talkers or do you place the same on progressive radio. How about MSNBC, newspapers. You dont think that liberals can be hateful and conduct personal attacks?

    December 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Flex

    Rush looks bloated. Maybe his bowels are backed up to his chin as a result of too many oxy-contin!

    December 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. nboyes

    Who gives a rat's rear end what Limbaugh thinks? He reminds me of a delusional alcoholic with dementia to boot. Trying as hard as ever to justify his ulta right wing, narrow minded philosphy with his arrogance and mega ego. When it comes to LImbaugh...I don't really believe HE believes half the things he says...It's all for show and profit. Hmmm... and in Limbaughs mind, that IS the American way.

    December 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. ITSONNOW

    iTS NICE TO SEE THAT HATEFUL PEEPS ON BOTH SIDES HAVE OPINIONS. REALLY FOLKS CANT YOU SEE THAT RATINGS DRIVE THESE PEOPLE AND NOT IDEALS. ITS JUST AS HATEFUL TO ATTACK THEM AS TO BE ATTACKED BY THEM. SHOULDNT EVERY ONE JUST "TRY AND GET ALONG" OR IS THAT A BAD CHOICE OF QUESTIONS SINCE FAIRNESS MUST ABOUND. ITS NO MORE FAIR FOR AIR AMERICA TO SPOUT THEIR SWILL THAN THESE RATINGS HOGS. BESIDES ISNT IT HYPOCRITICAL TO ASK FOR FREE SPEECH ONLY WHEN ITS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE. SHOULDNT EVERYONE JUST SUPPORT MR OBAMA AS FERVENTLY AS THEY SUPPORTED BUSH. I THOUGHT NOT. HYPOCRISY IS AN UGLY BEAST INDEED !!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Bob A. Looie

    Why do we care what he thinks?

    December 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Janice Illinois

    He's right on this one. Even a blind sow finds an acorn once in a while!!

    December 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30