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.”

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  1. Megan

    One more thing..those of you talking about Obama not bringing change by picking experienced people for his administration..does it make sense when you say that out loud? The first big change is that hes picking intellectuals– thats more than our current President can say. Second, its about his IDEAS AND PLANS that are the change. Not the faces. Remember HE is in charge.

    December 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Greg Hodges

    So the self-appointed voice of the Right is now weighing in on the choices of Barack Obama; as if the President-Elect could care less what this over inflated couch potato says. Chuck Hagel; who has twice the intestinal fortitude Limbaugh ever dreamed of possessing; said it best when he pointed out that good olde Rush doesn`t have the guts to actually run for office. Yet he presumes to believe that all that transpires in Washington cannot proceed until with baited breath we hear from the great Limbaugh. What a sad pathetic joke!!

    December 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Bob

    I was critical of Obama during his run and I voted for McCain...and I'd do it again. That said, so far I like what I hear from Obama and I hope his actions will follow. We're long past the point where we can/should be bickering at each other. Obama recognizes (as hopefully the rest of you Dems do) that almost half the country did NOT vote for Obama, including a sizable percentage of Americans who stayed home. The election is over; the process we use for choosing a President is past, and it's time to move forward together.

    I'm not going to be happy about much of what Obama does, but I'm going to support him as best I can, without malice. This is what we HAVE to do...all of us...from here on out. The problems we're dealing with did NOT all come from the last administration, but have been a function of the last 20-30 years, and we need to take a long term view to make things right again. Together.

    December 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Kansas truning Blue

    Ria, what would make you say this man is kind? Has he given you candy to get in the car with him? Year in, year out I have listened to this man spew the vilest Hate! Sin? Jesus would drive him out with a whip.

    December 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Michelle

    Does anybody really pay any attention at all to what this pill-popping windbag has to say about anything? I'd say his relevancy wore out about 10 years ago. The only people that still listen to what this joker has to say are the right-wing militant nut-jobs, and that's exactly who he plays to. He and Sarah Palin could easily be the "new Republican party's" 2012 ticket.

    December 1, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. RJ, CA

    What sad specimens of humanhood that find such joy in calling another person such horrible names. I hope you feel very "special."

    December 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Alan

    Ah–Rush–as in "to judgment". The man who deified Reagan–but who never actually voted for him because he was uninvolved politically when it did not serve his navel-gazing purposes. The archetypal hypocrite. Die Rush die the most painful political death that media can provide–by ignoring your profound rotund stupidity.

    December 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. John

    Why must libs resort to name calling? Who are the hate mongers?

    December 1, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. andrea

    Who cares.....pop a pill, Rush.

    December 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Obama 08

    To "NOBAMA" If Obama is a coke-head then you are president of the United States!!!...Get it?? (I doubt it.)

    December 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Chris

    Limbaugh is an absolute doofus. When was the last time a sitting, popularly-electd president lost a nomination? Clinton was out in 2012 anyway. Limbaugh wouldn't know brilliant if it climbed out of one of his bottles of prescription painkillers. The pick was smart because it is about PUDS (Party Unity – Darn Straight). It doesn't hurt that Clinton is excellent for the job either.

    December 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Court Jester

    I agree with most of these posts. Who give a crap what he says.

    December 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. Larry


    December 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. Seth

    This is a strange article, as it does not seem to be self aware enough to realize that Rush's compliment is a backhanded one, meant to imply political gamesmanship is taking priority over whats best for the country. The headline should read, Limbaugh Skeptical of Obama's Pick. A headline which neither surprising nor particularly news worthy.

    December 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Eugene

    Rush, congrats cuz you got it close to true on this one. No need to always criticize his stuff!

    December 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Chuck

    If Limbaugh was irrelevant, he wouldn’t incite all of this criticism. Playing defense already?

    December 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. italianmomma

    Let's see. Hillary Clinton, whose husband's dealings with the moslem world have gained him an enormous fortune is expected to place the interests of the United States above those of the islamic nations that hate us and have vowed to make us a part of a world wide islamic calaphate.

    And Barack Obama, whose father is a moslem and therefore considered by moslems to be a moslem (children's religious affiliation is determined by their fathers according to islamic reckoning) is expected to be the commander-in-chief of the United States and place the interests of our country above those of our enemies.

    Somehow, I doubt we will see either of these two exercise the power of their offices in the interest of the United States. Mrs. Clinton will, as the Clintons always do, place self-interest above all else and Mr. Obama will, as the resident moslem in the White House, maneuver the calaphate closer than we ever dreamed.

    She is schemer. And he is a Trojan Horse. And we are screwed.

    December 1, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. Stamp

    The old white rich male vote is approaching the endangered species list. So long Rush, the truth is your views are now in the minority, and our bandwagon won't board an old leopard who can't change his liver spots!!!!

    December 1, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas

    Limbaugh, Hannity, Dr. Laura, and the like are the BIGGEST reason for the Fairness Doctrine to be enacted, something that trust me they do NOT want to happen. As long as they can spew their divisiveness on the airways without much oposition, they can continue to rule the airways and take advantage of the folks with the lower IQ's that can't think for themselves. Hopefully during the Obama years to come the far right will lose this gripe as the country starts to open it's eyes and move closer to the center away from the far right neocons and the left wing bloggers. At that point the sponsers will drop off, the radio stations will fill those slots with music and the "kinder, gentler Amercia" that Bush #1 proposed may become a reality.

    December 1, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. Desert Storm Vet

    Like the fairness you show by not printing my previous comment. Keeping it real CNN, let's not show the common sense from the right.

    December 1, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  21. andrea


    December 1, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. Chris

    To all those here who decry the "hateful liberals" who are bashing Rush. Normally I would agree with you, but this is Rush Limbaugh. Ad hominem vile overbearing hateful attacks are his stock in trade. He is the one person whom I feel it is ok to bash. He is hateful and hurtful on every level. He is not conservative, nor does he care about truth (even slightly). Remember, this is the man who claimed that he would air a tape of Michelle Obama making a racist rant. It proved to be a lie like most of Limbaugh's other statements. The man is truly a pile of waste.

    December 1, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. kevin

    Rush Limbaugh.

    Oh yeah, he's the steak salesman who said we should send drug offenders up the river.

    How'd he get out of going to jail for breaking federal narcotics laws again?

    December 1, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. J.C.

    If President-elect Obama decides to go with Hillary for his SOS, we should give him a chance to prove he is right. We elected him, didn't we?

    December 1, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. consider the source

    20 million morons Adam, 20 million morons.

    Lets hear your take on Operation Chaos. How was that helping America?

    December 1, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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