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.”

soundoff (735 Responses)
  1. rchnpdx

    Rush who?

    December 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    HOW ABOUT THAT CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE IT HILLARY AS SECRETARY OF STATE AND PREDOMINATELY ALL CLINTON PEOPLE AS STAFF!!!!!!!!!!

    NOW WHO DID YOU SAY WON THIS ELECTION???????

    December 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. jean

    Wise up, folks. Rush is an entertainer, not a political commentator.

    December 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Hurley Cable

    He is more interested in drama than the progression of our country. Typical statement for an attention seeker like himself.

    December 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. G from RTP

    As much as it causes me to choke back the vomit by agreeing with ANYTHING Rush says I have to agree

    December 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. REV. NORMAN L. RAIFORD

    WOLF BLITZER MIS-QUOTED THE PRESIDENT ELECT WHEN HE
    SAID THAT PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA SAID THAT HE WOULD ATTACT PAKISTAN WITHOUT PERMISSION, BUT HE SAID IF THEY WERE UNABLE OR UNWILLING.

    December 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. lucy

    Limbaugh has such a big mouth and he is a nobody, in my view. I would not give MY stamp of approval to his radio talk show.

    December 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. RZA

    Who cares what this dingleberry has to say? Didn't he say the same thing about McCain's selection of Sarah Palin? Talk about irrelevant...

    December 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Len

    He is a none issue. Americans want a new course with our leaders working for all Americans. President-Elect Obama's selections are exactly what this country needs....All of us working together!

    December 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Magnus

    Q: What is the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?

    A: One is a big flaming Nazi gasbag, the other is a blimp.

    December 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Barbara

    I'll bet Rush's opinions are more listened to than all of you guys put together!

    December 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Chris

    Great leaders surround themselves with capable individuals with specific specialties, they don't look at themselves as able to do everything... some people think the president should have all the answers... I don't understand these people.

    December 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. James

    who is Limbaugh anyway ? It's a pity that there are still some people that listening to those sick souls like Rush , Sean and Carl Rove..

    December 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Jos/TN

    did Rush change his drug of choice from oxici, or is he having withdrawals

    December 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. NYbywayof Texas

    And we care about his opinion because.......?

    December 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Judy Mia Fl

    who cares what he thinks?? I don't get why CNN is always reporting his opinions and Palin's. The only way to discourage CNN from reporting idiot opinions from people like these two is by NOT replying to the posts.

    I know its addictive and that bychecking out the blogs to see who else agrees with you that Palin is an idiot and not worthy of being covered, but RESIST the urge and you'll see shortly she and others like her will fade awayl because they really are not news worthy.

    December 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Observant Utahn

    It's this kind of coverage by the media that makes Limppaw thinks he he has more influence than he really has (except of course among his redneck ditto head fanatic fans).

    December 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Rich-NJ

    Glad to see that Rush is back on his meds.

    December 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Is this guy still around?

    Who knew?

    December 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Rebekah A.

    Who cares??? Oh right, no one!

    December 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Crazy Canuck

    Curious. Limbaugh encourages Republicans to join the Dems and to go vote for Clinton to prolong the nomination fight. Does he not realize that because of that (if he had any influence at all) the Dems themselves were able to establish a very strong campaigning department in every state which led to Obama's victory?

    I'm betting he doesn't even have a clue.

    December 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    I hate to say it, but he is right! Obama actually beat her at her own game! How can Hillary possibly run against Obama in '12 without undermining her own credibility! If she refused the job, people would know she wants to run again! OK this way she can run in '16 against the Palin-Huckabee ticket!

    December 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. fay

    Limbaugh paints the american picture to the rest of the world.

    December 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. THANKS

    The Dems should be greatful to this guy and Palin as well. Without this guy help the primary would have been much shorter and Obama ground game would not have been as strong. As for Palin all Dems should be happy to see her as often as possible. Obama will be a shoe-in in 2012. Thanks big fat guy and palin. We may not have been able to do it without you.

    December 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. john from sandiego

    the two biggest con artist in america...rush limbaugh and barry obama..

    December 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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