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. R. Simmons

    Rush Limbaugh is a spineless glob of spit that has done more harm to this country than Benedict Arnold and Lee H. Oswald. He needs to retire to his Oxycontin and shut the hell up.

    December 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Jim

    This guys is so cynical, it pisses me off people give him the time of day but then again I'm here replying to if this guy is anybody...i can't believe so many ppl hang on his words or give a crap what he thinks. But yet, here I am replying to it because I know those uneducated rednecks are out there...

    December 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. The right guy ..Till 2016

    A very accurate quote from our President Elect that applies to Bush Limbaugh " You can put lipstick on a pig , it's still a pig "

    December 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. LF Oneto

    Who cares about this red neck´s opinion. I guess with Gov. Palin out of the spot light they can´t find a better circus show to interview.

    December 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Wow Rush just stick to the drugs, leave the opinions to the experts

    Limburger stinks.

    First of all, Clinton has said she won't seek the office again.
    Rush's whole argument about "enemies closer" is blow.
    She's defeated, soundly, and realizes she will never be President.

    Moreover, she really has no position, authority, or political impetus to criticize Obama regardless of whether she gets ANY cabinet slot.
    Any complaining by Clinton will be seen as shrill and shrew, and
    will make even MORE people hate her irrationally than already do.

    But I agree that she was a good pick. Political master stroke? Hardly.

    Rush needs his medication doubled.

    December 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. John in AZ

    Why does anyone listen to this sanctimonious bag of wind?!

    December 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. R. Simmons

    P.S. who in the Hell listens to AM radio anyway?

    December 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. OT: George W. Bush

    THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY should not pardon anyone. He should just sit in a corner and wait until his administration is OVER. Don't do anything, touch anything or call anyone. Just sit there and watch the clock.

    Tick's almost time for a change.

    December 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Steve from Florida

    Who cares what Rush thinks? He is probably strung out on Oxycontin for most of his "waking" time.

    December 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Nick

    How would a dimbulb like Rush even know the definition of "brilliant?"

    December 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. LF Oneto

    Who cares about this red neckçs comments. This scumbag should be limited to address his opinions to the trailer park community.

    December 1, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Harriet

    This is a good point, actually, by a man who usually lacks that ability. Then again, HIllary running in 2012 is ridiculous, who would support her, and why would she be that selfish?

    December 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. JT

    Limbaugh is the true definition of "Lipstick on a Pig"

    December 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |

    You really need to get a life...............Fat boy.

    December 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. yen

    What does it matter what Limbaugh says! He is one of the most unreasonable loudmouth that there is. Bla, bla, bla.

    December 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Anonymous in New England

    It's sad to see so many taking shots at a person who is/was addicted to drugs. How many of you have addicts and alcoholics in your own families? Not one of you? I'm awe stricken. Regardless of whether or not you agree with his politics, an illness is an illness. Would it be appropriate to attack Senator Edward Kennedy, because he has cancer?

    December 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Jared

    To mike let me get this hope that our "country is rocked to it.s very foundation" and we have to beg the likes of you to defend us?

    Would you hope the same thing if we had elected your guy? To wish ill for the country I'm sure u claim to love for any political reason is truly a sad statement regarding your patriotism. How bout see what the new administration does before you vilify them. Had your party done a better job with the difficult task of governing then they might not have been run outta Washington so decisively. Take your medicine like rush and maybe try some meditation?

    December 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Charles L. Shaw

    Even as an conservitive myself i think Rush is a moron, he is an entertainer, and brings nothing to the table of helping the USA back to the country of freedom and liberty it was born to have.

    December 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. Frank Carcia

    Mr Clueless speaks again.

    December 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. No Hillary = No Obama

    If anybody should know that politics is a dog-eat-dog cesspool this guy should.

    December 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Sue

    Amazing – to think that I thought this (?) was a total imbecile!!! Well, he is right, at least once in his life!!! And now, I don't mind so much that Obama won this election. Perhaps he really will do some of the things he has promised the people. I go on record as nominating him one of the world's most impressive orators. NOW, I'm hoping that at least half of his gilded words will ring true!!!

    December 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Jasmine Guha-Castle

    This man has only one talent – the ability to fart out of his mouth! Shame on the media (and us) for giving him so much airtime and importance.

    December 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Ricky

    Picking Clinton was brilliant, but there's Nothing brilliant about Limbaugh!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Charlie

    Who cares what Rush the hate monger thinks!!

    December 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. J in VA

    In his typically myopic style, the great poobah fails to see that Obama has chosen his cabinet based on ability and experience...unlike his buddy, John McCain.
    Welcome, ignorant Dittoheads, to real change based on intelligence, capability, and vision; not politics as usual.

    December 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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