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. Dave

    Hey liberals (since only you read this site now that its 9 to 1 democrat on nearly all shows but Lou's), IS HE WRONG?

    He is correct.

    Liberal rule #1, bash the person when you cant argue with the message.

    December 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Joe

    Yep, Rush you are irrelevant, and yes you are a pig,, not sure you are a pink pig, but nevertheless, you are a pig. Just keep thumping away with your nonsense and your party just keeps on losing.

    December 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Jon

    I hope to see the day when hate-mongers like Limbaugh gets absolutely no attention. The world would be a much better place then.

    December 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Pam Williams

    I don't care what Rush thinks, but are people who blog on this site so hateful toward people they calling etc... Can't you disagree and still be civil??

    December 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. F.S. Boulos

    The out of context headline does not clearly communicate his real underlying point; it was Machiavellian of Obama to pick Clinton.

    December 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Julie

    Limbaugh is such an idiot! He made it part of his career for so many years to trash the Clintons, especially now it's easy to imagine Limbaugh licking his chops........probably gleefully thinking he's got more years of Clinton material to dish out. He is such a negative, country-dividing, and full of hate sad.

    December 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. JO laughing at the comments

    And again those that can't put together a cogent and logical thought instead resort to name calling. PE Obama, these are your supporters!

    December 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. PA

    give him a happy pill, and tell him to go away!

    December 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. steve

    for all you zombie, liberal lemmings: 20 million listeners care about what he thinks. then, because they actually can think for themselves, they decide if they agree. some do, some don't. get over yourselves. btw, most calls he takes are from liberals. he loves trying to talk some sense into there little minds.

    December 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Ia Guy

    First off, Hillary was in no way obligated to take this position. If she really wanted to take Barry down she would have done many things before now (convention floor fight, etc.). She's said that leaving the senate will be hard for her to do, and I believe that.

    She's doing it because she believes it will be the best for the country. She has already proven she puts the DNC and the country above her own ambitions, even though the DNC deserves nothing from her after her treatment in the primaries.

    December 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Scott NYC Independent

    Limbaugh is a quack, those that follow his advise are quacks and he has never been nor will he ever be a creditable source of note worthy news. Why are you even posting him on your web site. Extremist have a voice on CNN now.

    December 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Robert Bauer, Sonoma County, CA

    I'm not sure why gave this issue any coverage at all. Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk are nothing more than lame-duck dinosaurs, whose filthy behavior over the past 8 years has insured that they will have absolutely no voice whatsoever in upcoming events, issues, policies, etc. We should let these neo-conservative shills die the silent death they have all so nobly earned. I can't even imagine why ANYONE in government would give these purveyors of deceit any time at all, and I hope that CNN will ignore them in the future also.

    December 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. JuanM

    JD Morgan,
    When you talk about a drug addicted philanderer are you talking about Bill Clinton? Oh my bad. He didn' t inhale. It was Obama and Bush that were coke heads.

    December 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. karen-phoenix

    NO LIMBAUGH and certainly NO PALIN!!! I am a 40 year long republican and these two have tried to destroy the republican party even more than Bush did!!! Yes, I voted for Obama!!

    December 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. mike

    Oh great, Rush gives his approval! All is well now! What a clown!

    December 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Phil-Little Rock

    I never thought I'd live to see the day when I actually agree with the likes of Rush Limburger.

    He's right, though: she'll NEVER be able to run in 2012. Not that she'd win anyway, people in this country are 'Clintoned' out, we don't wanna see that woman in 4 years.

    December 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    And why are we quoting Rush Limbaugh, pray tell?

    The man is repugnant! As he said on Larry King when asked about presenting lies as truth so many years ago, "I am not about Truth! I'm about entertainment!"

    For shame, CNN, this is far, far beneath you to treat this buffoon as someone worth noting! I expect better of you.....

    🙂 only kidding, CNN! NOT! Oh, my, I have been around children too long! *LOL*

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Alan

    And can anyone please explain to me what foreign relations or governmental experience this media clown has that would qualify ANY of his opinions as important? I'm always amazed ANYONE cares what his opinion is - it certainly never has anything to do with reality.

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Ed Word

    Who cares what this fat drug abusing idiot thinks?

    As if he's something important, except maybe in his own burned-out mind.............

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. laura

    Rush and the rest of those right wing nut bags,
    are responsible for the last 8yrs by spreading their fear and smear and straight up lies!

    thank god Americans have woken up to this nightmare.
    What more could bush and republicians do ti America?
    that sends chills up my spine!

    I hope these guys will drop off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again.

    or a slow lingering ride into irrelvance.

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. JLM

    The drug addict has spoken!!

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. MikeH

    No, porker Limbaugh, you're not going to sleaze your way outta this. You are going to be held responsible for the hate; devisiveness and lies you have spread to benefit the wealthy Republican criminal elite who have plundered and destroyed this nation's wealth. You don't have the slightest idea what it means to be an American.

    I personally hope you end up sleeping in a cardboard box in an alley, selling yourself to feed your oxycontin habit.

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. JLS

    Say what you will, Rush is right. And as to change, what change??? Better yet, you don't hear about the "change" angle mentioned much on the networks anymore, do you? Where's Chris Matthews on this?

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. SJC

    I think Limbaugh is a brillaint businessman. He knew their was a market for mindless right wing hate speech and that millions of idiotic listeners out there would devour everyone of his disgusting words. Limbaugh makes 30 million a year and has 20 million brainless followers.

    For years Limbaugh ranted against soft sentences for drug offenders while he himself was a user.

    Don't blame Limbaugh, blame his audience.

    December 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    If Prez-Elect Obama was worried about a threat in 2012, he would have nominated Sarah Palin.

    December 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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