December 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
9 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. SSgt Rock

    Hey Phillip Tanner, you really should try to provide intelligent commentary. Obviously you have a lack of understanding of what is really happening here. You must always listen to the mainstream media and their right winger reporting...

    December 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. bush 08


    December 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Ismael H. Herrera

    President -Elect Obama is keeping his word, his concern is of what is best for our country, not what people may think. Negative, unhappy persons will always show negativity because that is how they have been programed by the great deciever.

    December 1, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. mike rose

    Thank God that not all but of most of the posters on this subject any position, of power. ill be so glad when this country is rocked to it.s very foundation and then you left wing idiots beg for people like myself to defend you that will surely be the day i lay down my arms and say they are not my sisters and brothers do with them as you please.


    December 1, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Madrep

    I agree, brilliant! She will never make it though. Well, she just may. People have been lying their way into office for years, reps and dems. But, does the democratic party have anyone else but the Clitons? Now, her husband is going to be a NY Senator! For heavens sake people, enough of the Clitons and that also means Obam's staff, ex-Clitons most of them. I thought this was "Change"! It's a remake of the Clitons.

    December 1, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. RJ

    Who gives a rip how Limbaugh's devious mind works.

    December 1, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Tom

    Who besides the most sheeplike of his ever shrinking audience really cares what this windbag has to say about anything?

    December 1, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |

    Limbaugh is actually agreeing with Obama. LOL What is up with that. What is his ultimatium. LOL.

    December 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Peter S.

    " keep your friends close...a buhhhrilliant stroke...gaaacck."
    Who cares what this asinine plucked turkey thinks anyway...?

    December 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Independent

    C'mon. Letters from Bill, a little arm twisting, working the rumor all got little Hillary the job to elevate her clintonian status....Why don't the headlines read....Dow drops 600 points on Clinton Sec'y of State nomination....

    December 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Pat

    Just a response to Mr. Leo the word of drug and alcohol addiction, "recidivism" or RELAPSE, is a given. And, if you believe so strongly that opiate addicts are too far gone, maybe you should be worrying about the millions of TAXPAYER dollars going to habiliate/rehabilitate them.

    December 1, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. JonPeter in Hartford, CT


    The American people...

    December 1, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. F

    Really now, who cares what Limbaugh thinks? I wish CNN and other outlets would stop paying attention to this nabob of negativism.

    December 1, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Barbara, IL


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



    Dear Welcome,

    That would be BARACK OBAMA, the one who's moving to the White House.

    December 1, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Connie from Indiana

    Rush is still popping the pills, it goes like this Rush. Eight years Obama will be prez, eight years Hillary will be prez. Please go to Alaska Rush and watch Russia from Palin's front porch.

    December 1, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Larry

    The only people that don't understand what Rush is talking about ,are idealistic,uninformed,people that want the government to make decisions for them and all of us,the people that do understand what Rush is saying,prefer to think and act with personal responsibility ,without the government being involved.Republicans are like the pilgrims that left England for personal freedom,Democrats are like the English that stayed in England and Socialism.

    December 1, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. GeeBer

    Jeff – which person below said that Rush wasn't allowed to have an opinion. Criticizing him isn't the same as denying him his free speech rights. Rush is a fraud – he's in the entertainment industry, not the news industry.

    December 1, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Bill

    Is there anyone out there NOT smart enough to know that this is EXACTLY why Obama picked someone without ANY qualifications for Secretary of State? I mean, her ONLY experience is having a hallucination about dodging Bosnian sniper fire.

    Hillary is now DONE. The dream died.

    December 1, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. jaison Biagini

    what i windbag...
    the greatest thing i ever heard, and advertisers should pay attention, when radio switched from using journals to using listening devices limbagh's ratings crashed. the new things are worn by a person and tracks what they actually listen to. those diaries were a source of corruption. rush probably bribed people to say they were listening. now that they would actually have to listen they aren't.

    you're a fraud rush.

    December 1, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. Milhouse van Houten

    Although I couldn't disagree more with most things that come out of Rustys' mouth,he is the personification of the first amendment,I just find it quite humorous that he has such a loyal following that hang on his every word.The dumbing down process is rampant.

    December 1, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. jim

    Is Rush Limbaugh even relevant anymore? I hardly think so. He's the spokesman for a true dinosaur; the Republican Party. Seriously Rush, take up golfing. Your job as conservative talk show host is pretty much an irrelevant boondoggle for the next 8 years. You might as well have some fun. Hit the golf courses you bald, fat, deaf, ugly, dope addict; nobody cares what you have to say anymore.

    December 1, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. John

    Bill Clinton would have been a much more realistic and logical choice. He is a natural orator and almost every single person in the world loves the guy.

    December 1, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Todd from CO

    The drug addiction comments regarding Rush are hilarious. I have never seen so many hypocrits. Obama is an admitted hard drug user and quite likely drug dealer in his earlier days and you made him president! And then the "irrelavent" comments are almost as funny. He is so "irrelavent" he got all these people to take time to make hateful comments. Gotta love it! I voted for McCain but I hope and pray that Obama is successful. I highly doubt very many Obama voters could make that statement and mean it if McCain had one. And that my friends is the biggest difference between conservatism and liberalism and the current state of our country. Imagine if Bush had received half the support from the libs and the liberal media that Obama will get going forward. Imagine...

    December 1, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Jesse from Santa Rosa

    Mr. Limbaugh is indeed a master of the obvious. His acute sense of political nuance is paralleled only by his ability to discern generic drugs from their name brand counterparts. Good job Rush old boy! Keep up the good work! Wink, wink, oink, oink.

    December 1, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Me

    Why do we pay attention to this guy???? Just let move on!!!!When you multiply any number by zero, what do you get? I tell you the answer: 0
    Let's move on, he's nobody, Zero, 0 !!!! Let's talk about important suff.

    December 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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