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. BeefyDaddy

    Oh, excuse me, I just threw up in my mouth ....

    December 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Chut Pata

    After seeing his candidates lose miserably, he is desperately trying to get some credibility.

    December 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Michael Bérubé

    So Rush thinks Hillary would have run in 2012? Wow. Gotta ease off those Oxycontin-vodka martinis there, big boy, because that's crazee talk.

    December 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. jeff

    Never say never.

    Hillary '12.

    December 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Purple Alaska

    Kudos to Rust Limbo for "operation chaos"...which worked like a charm! We are appreciative of your round'about support of our new President-Elect, Barack H. Obama.

    Yes you did!

    December 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. PC from DC

    Jerk!!

    December 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. hugh ~ california

    I could care less what this self-serving, cynical, pompous windbag says, thinks or feels. Rush Limbaugh is deplorable person unworthy of political merit.
    "Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."
    Mark Twain

    December 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Brent Hall

    Now that it's over in one sense and beginning in another, the greater truth can now be stated: In one stroke, God has give our country what we needed, as well as what we deserve.

    The RNC's subtile (and NOT so subtie) use of the Christians of this country, and many of those (I should say "we") same Christians' buying into their fear and hate rhetoric has brought the later of the above upon us.

    Every one go back and listen to McCain & Palin's words about PE Obama, and ask yourselves: "Is that how a Christian should talk about another human being?" Those of you who said the same things, and even worse, ask yourselves the same question. Then we best ALL find ourselves on our knees.

    December 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. former gop

    Would somebody please make this guy go see Jenny Craig.

    December 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Jim

    Vote for change and get a bunch of Washington insiders, boy what a Liar Obama has turned out to be. The very things he said that was wrong in Washington he hires them for his cabinet. Call it what you think but this is the same ol same ol just with the democrats pulling the tricks this time. What a let down and he is not in office yet.

    December 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Patrick

    Rush is a blowhard and irrelevant. Obama picked her because he thought she would be the best person for the job. That is behind all the picks.

    December 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. gallimimus

    Who cares what this guy thinks. Clinton was a good idea and will do a great job. Limbaugh is just a mouthpiece.

    December 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. A Proud & Objective American

    Limbaugh who?.... You mean the guy who talks from both sides of his mouth?... Oooh, I see, that Rush Limbaugh!!!!

    December 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Wayne, Greenville TX

    WHo cares what that flaming Nazi gasbag thinks?

    December 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. John S.

    Who cares what that moron thinks. He's a washed up TV personality with about as many dead brain cells as a 60's era Flower Child. Rush Limbaugh, Mr Know it All, who doesn't have a clue as to what he is saying. Go take a long walk of a short pier Limbaugh. The world would be a better place without people of your ilk.

    December 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Spencer/NY to VA

    Rush just needs to shut up and save that divisive GOP talk for his talk show. Yeah, Barack and Hillary may disagree on some things, but one thing they agreed on was not to have a republican in the White House. Take that Rush!

    December 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. LMD

    That's part of the problem with Rush Hindenburg...even when he compliments you, you feel slimed.

    December 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. John

    Limbaugh is right as usual. Liberals hate Limbaugh because he exposes libs for the filth they are

    December 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. John

    He gives Obama too much credit. HRC was never going to run against the incumbent in 4 years. That is political suicide. I think HRC has accepted that the highest position she will ever hold is secratary of state.

    December 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. lovable liberal

    Who cares what Rush says? He's just relieved that he still has the Clintons to kick around.

    December 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Mike in Ohio

    Limbaugh continues to show how shallow he is.

    Obama has selected Clinton because she will do an outstanding job as Secretary of State on behalf of this nation.

    December 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    HOW ABOUT THAT CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE IT HILLARY AS SECRETARY OF STATE AND PREDOMINATELY ALL CLINTON PEOPLE AS STAFF!!!!!!!!!!

    NOW WHO DID YOU SAY WON THIS ELECTION.

    I BET YOU IF HILLARY WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULDN'T EVEN BE HER JANITOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. JD in Moraga

    Anyone who gets their political advice from that drug-addicted philanderer deserves the disappointment.

    December 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    True Dat.

    December 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. deb

    Rush, you are the biggest hypocrite of them all! No one of any character listens to a thing you say!

    December 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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