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.”

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  1. Secret Service

    All I can say is with 2 Clintons trying to push Obama off the stage, he really needs some very good agents and probably a food taster at any social events they all 3 attend.

    I don't think for one minute Hillary has any intention of being subservant to Obama and as for Bill...well you already know the answer to that one. I think there will be strong undercurrents with those 2 so close to Obama and it can't help but be a distraction.

    I get the strategy if that was the reason for the appointment, but it's a dangerous game with those 2. They will intentionally upstage Obama any change they get. She can't openly critize him as being naive on foreign policy whle she serves under him but as she once stated Obama is President "as far as she knows" . And like Bill said "Jessie Jackson ran a brilliant campaign". So those aren't critical statements now are they? What are the odds Washington's power couple will fall in line behind anyone?

    America needs better and deserves better at this critical time in our history. Ive had enough of both Clintons to last a lifetime.

    December 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. joe

    Who on earth listens to that lying drug-addicted gas bag anymore? The local insane asylum?

    "You cannot win an argument with an ignorant man".

    December 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. ken sawyer

    Rush is right.

    December 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. CA liberal

    Who is Rush Limbaugh??

    December 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Te

    Can Limbaugh stop Mayor Bloomberg from increasing the fares on buses and subways ?

    December 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Carl Justus

    Limbaugh is nuts and probably thinks that Hillary and Obama will wind up on mad at each other.
    But then who cares what limbaugh thinks and says. He has an alligator mouth and woodpeckers behind.

    December 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Steve

    For those of you laughing about lack of change, and still buying Limbaugh's self-indulgent nonsense, I suggest you take that ol' thinking cap out, and dust it off. Yes, yes, I know, I know. Limbaugh and others like him have been doing your thinking for you for a long time, but try this on for size.

    The change Obama is talking about is not necessarily a change in personnel. It is not change for change's sake. It is a change in the way our government does business. It is about getting the right people in the right job, no matter what their political background or affiliations, and putting them to work on actual plans and strategies. It is about the government being accountable, and following the rule of law. It is about cutting waste, and stopping the pandering to big oil. It is about doing things methodically and with purpose, instead of wandering around, hoping something good will happen.

    Even Rush knows it's time to change. He's backpedaling so hard he's raising dust. I'm sure their is some little country town with a 500 watt radio station that would dearly love him to do the daily farm report. Let's hope he gets the job. He's about to lose the one he's got.

    December 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Earlier today Larry posted this bit of genius:

    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.

    Well, Larry learn your history. The pilgrams did not "Leave" England. They were tossed out because they were lunatics (A modern equivalent might be the Jonestown crew or the Branch Davidians). They ended up in Holland and pissed off the locals so much that they were tossed out of Holland in a few short years. They finally washed up on the shores of New England, a bunch of ignorant chowder heads unable to even feed themselves in a land teeming with game and a waters thick with fish and seafood. Hardly paragons of personal freedom, their Draconian approach to life splinter thier own group turning family members against one another. Their folly culminated in the witch burnings of Salem. While they are firmly planted in American mythology, they were hardly a lot to be admired and as I said, not really that interested in other peoples personal freedoms.

    December 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Alex

    The fact that 60 million Americans have been suckered by the false promise of "change" has been proven in the gushing excitement of the right-wing punditry and politicos over Obama's decidedly DC establishment/neoliberal (read: conservative) Cabinet and staff picks. I suppose "right-wing punditry" is a bit of a redundant praise, where exactly is this alleged "liberal media" hiding out?

    Don't blame me, I voted for Nader.

    December 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. kry

    This guy just need to put it in park. Enough is enough. Has he taken a second look at himself or he should listen to some of his tapes. If I looked and sounded like this guy I would definitely shut up!

    December 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Stu-Florida

    Ahhhh... spoken like a true Richard Cranium

    December 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Rush? Still on the air?

    Why on Earth does that drug addled gas bag still have a job...more importantly who is pathetic enough to WANT to listen to it?

    December 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. joseph chavez

    Who cares what Rush Limbaugh thinks!!!!!! He's is totally irrelevant.

    December 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. jo

    He's just trying to jump on the "right" train that's already left him and the other fringe Republicans like Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs and Michelle Bachmann wondering what to do now. Bye Bye Karl.

    December 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Perusing-through

    THIS IS SCARY.

    Rush Limbaugh has a compliment for a Democrat . . . . . . (even if the compliment is jaded)???

    December 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Chris W

    Oh no. Is he on drugs again?

    December 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Reminds me of that old Trudeau joke:

    Q: What's the difference between the Hindenberg and Rush Limbaugh?

    A: Well, one is a flaming Nazi gasbag....the other's just a dirigible.

    Rush is basically the sound of one mouth flapping. He is a leading member of the "I'm qualified to judge others–but don't judge me (particularly regarding my illegal use of prescription medication)" AM radio brigade, that daily mints and trades the coin of angry/"poor me" talk radio.

    Hopefully his listeners, on average 55 and against health care for the rest of us anyway, will die one by one from the side-effects on the medication they take from the pharmaceutical companies they didn't want to regulate, and Rush will lose his listeners until he's the only one paying attention to him.

    ...he'll keep talking of course, and it won't be any more meaningful than his opinion of Hillary as Secretary of State, but at least he won't be on the radio any more.

    December 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Lance

    Reminds me of that old Trudeau joke:

    Q: What's the difference between the Hindenberg and Rush Limbaugh?

    A: Well, one is a flaming Nazi gasbag....the other's just a dirigible.

    Rush is basically the sound of one mouth flapping. He is a leading member of the "I'm qualified to judge others–but don't judge me (particularly regarding my illegal use of prescription medication)" AM radio brigade, that daily mints and trades the coin of angry/"poor me" talk radio.

    Hopefully his listeners, on average 55 and against health care for the rest of us anyway, will die one by one from the side-effects on the medication they take from the pharmaceutical companies they didn't want to regulate, and Rush will lose his listeners until he's the only one paying attention to him.

    ...he'll keep talking of course, and it won't be any more meaningful than his opinion of Hillary as Secretary of State, but at least he won't be on the radio any more.

    December 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Don from Illinois

    Rush, did you ever consider that maybe Hillary took the job because she cares about America enough to step past political ambition in order to reverse the damage that these past eight years have caused? And that maybe, just maybe, President-elect Obama asked for her because he knows, despite their differences, that she's the best equipped to help him do so?

    December 1, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. ken sawyer

    If you are not a left wing nut everything is awaiting moderation. If what I see is any example of the people running this country we are in deep trouble. You have refused every post I have made . I have been lied to by your staff since before this election. I was told that my messages and emails were not blocked to Breaking News Post a comment.They have either been awaiting moderation or simply not accepted while you let the left wing nuts abuse everyone. When an invitation to post a comment is there it should be for everyone.

    December 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Wayne in CA

    Why would anyone listen to anything that limpbaugh says...much less take it serious...

    December 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. John

    None of you get it! Some change! Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton (oops...Obama/Clinton and the rest of the old line democrats). Just wait and see if Obama ends the war before 2011. The problem is all of you are too emotionally concerned over what Rush is saying verses the real truth. No change at all in D.C. Do the real American patriots a favor and go back to sleep!

    December 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. kaji

    Rush, you should rush yourself into a hole. Hillary has no intendtions on running for President in 2012.President Elect has already beaten Hillary so what is there to fear. He though so much of her he hired her on his team and if you think that your Sarah Palin can win in 2012 you should utilize some of your bright ideas to help her. But after looking at her interviews I don't know if there is much help for her by 2012.

    December 1, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Sammie

    I see that the Pig is still on Drugs! I wonder what automobile he drives. Is it a small gas friendly car???

    December 1, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Rush

    I am so insightful and brilliant.

    December 1, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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