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. Dampier

    A "brilliant stroke" would be one the Lord gives Rush, to render him speechless, motionless, and unable to spew his vitriol.

    December 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. CJ in FL

    Once again Rush exposes to the rest of the world how transparent the left is...and once again, the left is clueless.

    You can call the guy a drug addict, stupid, irrelevant, and any other name you can muster. Take all of that into consideration, and he still exposes the rampant stupidity on the left.


    December 1, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Gaylon Barrow

    No she can still run. Limbaugh your not as smart as your drugs make you think. What if she don't want to be Secretary of State after four years with Obama. You never thought of that one did you. Hillary 2012.

    December 1, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. Alex

    i thought obama was running on the whole "Change" thing...what happened? it's like the Clinton Administration all over again.

    December 1, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Labama

    The man is not complimenting Hillary, in fact the comment is quite the opposite. It's a slam but some of you are to dumb to pick up on it.

    December 1, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. andrea from MA

    i won't even acknowledge him with a comment neither should cnn give him a bully pulpit. shame on you cnn !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. JimV

    Rush can't spell brilliant, let alone know what it means. His idea of a 'brilliant' word is Plaxico!

    December 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. BobC

    Wow! Hell just froze over again!

    December 1, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |

    So you're complaining about Rush when we'regoing to have a Coke-head as Prez? Give me a break.

    December 1, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Jeff From Jersey

    "...keep your enimies closer."
    Sounds like Limbaugh wants to sleep with Obama.

    Hey Rush,don't you have a football game to do?
    Ah,that would be a no wouldn't it.

    Take two and DON'T call anyone in the morning!

    December 1, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. sheesh

    and who are the people that are racist here? the one that understands politics? (Rush) or the people who are brainwashed into thinking that anyone who says anything that is out of line with the democrats beliefs ought to be shot because they have an opinion, and will express it at will, whether you want him to or not? sheesh people, he's smarter than you will ever be, so stop ripping into him because he is strong in opposing a socialist.

    December 1, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. david Armendale, SF, CA

    What would be brilliant is for Rush to put a sock in it.

    December 1, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    HOW COME Limbaugh didnt DO JAIL TIME for his drug offence??? THERE are people in jail for ONE JOINT .. and this LOONY TUNE of a human being is out there speading his filth ! JAIL TIME FOR LIMBAUGH!!!!

    December 1, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. me

    you people make me sick, obama is a socialist who's going to destroy this country if he fulfills on his campaign promises, he will FORCE everyone that has "more than enough" money to be "charitable." he will overtax anyone who's successful, and give the money to everyone who is incapable of working to get themselves out of a gutter. I don't care what his personality is like, he's a socialist, plain and simple.

    December 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Donna from Colorado Springs

    So now the master has spoken! We can all do without Rush Limbaugh and his opinions, good or bad. He's the best example of walking fertilizer around and a huge bag of gas!

    December 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Nita

    Who cares what Rush Limbaugh thinks? Who cares what ANY of the LUNATIC RIGHT thinks? All I have to say is, prepare yourselves for the best 8 years we've seen since the Clinton administration!

    December 1, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Kansas truning Blue

    He is just trying to save face and put his stamp of approval on what is going to happen in spite of what he says or does. He is trying to act like someone even cares what he thinks. No thinking American cares what Rush thinks. He is a bad joke. Nov. 4 kicked his watoosie to the side line of American politics so he has to play act his approval just to get in the news. You are done Rush. Get a new life.

    December 1, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. GERRY


    December 1, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Larry, Hazleton, pa

    Mr Limbaugh, do us a real favor and give yourself a "darwin award"

    December 1, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. chuck

    Obama is just as much a calculating politician as the rest of Washingon. He plans to keep Hillary close so she cant argue that there are dufferences between them. It was a brilliant move. Obama by the way is moving quickly to the right which is where the majority of America is.

    December 1, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Ria

    Limbaugh is one of the kindest people on earth. His demonization by the hate monger liberal ideologues is not only sinful, but very dangerous.

    December 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. Mick

    I cannot believe anyone listens to what this guy has to say. He is worth millions of dollars and could care less about his audience.
    How can anyone believe he is looking out for the "Joe the Plumbers" He just wants ratings so he can continue to make his millions of dollars. Let me just say this I did vote for Bush the first time around
    and I am sorry I did. Give Obama a chance – I gave GWB a chance.

    December 1, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. joseph

    No body listens to fat limbo because he is racist and sexist.

    December 1, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. M

    Rush signed a ten year deal for $400 million. He doesn't need his so called "ditto heads" to keep his name in the news, he needs most of you. That seems to be working just fine. Say the name "Rush" and you are barking like a mad dog. You're the Redneck, not him.

    December 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Marc

    Great! Lots of bashing going on in the comments section and they call themselves Americans. No wonder people across the world don't like us.

    December 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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