December 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
10 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. fat john

    When Obama is President,
    He should send the FCC after this guy
    for slander and get him off the air.
    What an idiot.

    December 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Patrick

    Reading these comments just reaffirms why liberals / liberalism should be treated somehow through psychiatry. You people ooze with hate and bile, foaming at the mouth at any opposition to your beliefs. "Cults" do the same.

    December 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Who is this comedian, Rush Limbaugh?

    December 1, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Ricky

    Hey you Republican einsteins...the "change" is the change from Bush. Id be perfectly fine with the same economic conditions as they were when Bill Clinton was in office.

    Republicans looking to complain again.

    December 1, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Marge

    And we heard the rumor that some people want Bill for her seat. Darn it all, I was hoping he would move to Minnesota and if Franken gets beat he could run against Coleman. He'd mow him down.

    December 1, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. A7K8A69

    Why was Barbara Walters even interviewing this loser? I guess ABC must really be going down the toilet.

    December 1, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Ken


    Well, Obama is the President, isn't he? Oh!! You were talking about someone else, sorry.

    December 1, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Rushpublicans Are The G.O.P.

    Rush is an irrelevant piece of excrement.

    December 1, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. john

    OMG!! The country really has changed. Now perhaps the pundits like him will report and help analyze real issues and not this obsurd right wing hate machine.

    December 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. PDX Gal

    Rush. Is. A. BAND!

    December 1, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. jered

    Oh, no..., I thought this drug addict was in jail.

    December 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Terri Ann the Tex Ann ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

    I am absolutely disappointed in Barbara Walters for giving this egotistical pig Limbaugh a forum to run off his blathering mouth.

    Why anyone would listen to anything Limbaugh (or Karl Rove) has to say is beyond me. They are both beyond disgusting.

    December 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Chuck in LA

    Well if you spend all your time surrounded by republicans and bombarded by republican ideas it's easy to see why you'd think everyone was a self-serving cynic.

    December 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. T

    Rush Limbaugh, shhhhhh! Now, that sounds better. The man has the biggest mouth with absolutely nothing to say. He's the biggest racist, who appears to be very miserable. More oxyncontin Mr. Limabaugh?

    December 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Jesse from Santa Rosa

    To Mike Stone: I think this country is in the process of being "rocked to its very foundation". What the foundation is remains to be seen. I highly doubt you will ever get the satisfaction of laying down your arms and giving over us "left wing idiots" to whom ever you believe may want to do with us as they please. I think that is what your party is saying about you right now to the new left wing regime. You may have to lie down your arms sooner than you think and we (left wing idiots) will be the ones who determine your future. It is a good thing for you we are a forgiving bunch of idiots.

    December 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Jammie


    December 1, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Does Janet Napolitano make you feel safe?

    She's Obama's Director of Homeland Security-–

    Tell me, what in her background makes you feel that she can prevent and or deal with a Mumbai type of attack????

    Answer: Nothing

    Suggest your buy a armored car to drive your kids to school and get a flak jacket for yourself.

    December 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Proud to be American

    Limbaugh speaks for the GOP now? is he the best they can offer???? he is worst then Palin.... oh my goodness we need to stop interviewing or acknowledging this drug addicted fear mongering guy.... He is the worst of the worst and if this is all the GOP have to offer they will be in dumps for many, many years from now.... I said all that to say.... who cares what Limbaugh says or thinks.... he is only pandering to a small segment of Americans he makes the majority sick...

    December 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Wow

    Impressed by the amount of uneducated name-calling liberals out there. Everybody is entitled to their opinion – there is no need to insult.

    December 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. David

    Rush, nobody cares about your opinion. take a hike

    December 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. JacklynD

    Who cares what this hypocritical windbag thinks? Haven't we had enough of hatred and negativity? Rush Limbaugh and other hate mongers like Michael Savage and Michael Reagan are detrimental to our society's mental health. Healthy debate, constructive criticism and discourse are a lot different than constant droning negativity and intolerance.

    I hope the country begins to turn their back on these millstones. We need to start demanding healthy discussions and constructive criticism.

    December 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. anthony brown

    Rush is right on the money once again. The Obama folks know he is right and so does Hillary. Obama beat the Clintons at their own game...good job Barack.

    December 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Susan

    We agree.

    Obama knows what he is doing and is picking an excellent cabinet!

    December 1, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Wow

    To Bill – Hillary is 'change we can believe in' What a joke!!!

    December 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Matt in Oregon

    And people pay attention to this doctor shopping hillbillie-junky why...?

    December 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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