February 1st, 2009
11:40 AM ET
9 years ago

Carville: A history lesson for Rush Limbaugh

James Carville says Rush Limbaugh's new bipartisan strategy could have served the country well in 2000.

James Carville says Rush Limbaugh's new bipartisan strategy could have served the country well in 2000.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On Thursday, Rush Limbaugh, the moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party in the United States, wrote in the august op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, the acknowledged epicenter of right-wing thought, that President Obama should adopt a bipartisan solution to address the president's economic stimulus plan - or as Limbaugh refers to it, "porkulus."

Limbaugh proposes that because the Democrats got roughly 54 percent of the votes to the Republicans' 46 percent, the stimulus package should be allocated along his definition of ideological lines, i.e. 54 percent towards infrastructure improvement and 46 percent toward tax breaks for Limbaugh and his friends.

He writes, "Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let's say the vote was 54% to 46%.

"As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion - $486 billion - will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% - $414 billion - will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me."

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  1. Don in Albuquerque

    Rush is an entertainer, ie clown. He is not a politician (though the republican party now has nothing more to cling too), he is not an economist, from recent statements he is not even an American (I hope he fails, ie I hope America fails).

    Get a life Rush, go find a nice cave you can share with your prehistoric buddies. Gee maybe, who knows, God willing.......you could invent smething........like, like toilet paper. From what you are spewing you have a great need of it.

    February 1, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Linda in MS

    Right on, Mr. Carville.

    February 1, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Alicia

    I am grateful that Rush is being in the public eye being exposed. It is so hard to read the word Porkulus and not think of Rush. LOL

    He is the biggest hyprocrite. Bush could have shot someone on camera and Rush would have justified it. But President Obama barely playing with a fake cap gun, Rush would call him a murderer.

    I am amazed the people that tune in to how he twists things around. Maybe they have VIAGRA stock too.

    February 1, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. joan

    I never cease to be amazed at the number of nice ,albeit stupid people who listen to Limbaugh as if he was reporting actual facts. They vote Republican and treat what he says as if he was the official voice of the Party. There are some really smart effective senators and governors who represent the GOP but never try to correct his rantings. I am addicted to US politics and this is a complete mystery to me. What's behind this?

    February 1, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Thomas

    In his self medicated Narco state of denial. Rush Limbough retreats to a world of half way measures , all talk and no Walk !

    Maybe Rush Limbaugh in all his self absorbed wisdom and money could pay for a war he supported in Iraq . Hire a personal trainer , possibly an amputee veteran to help Rush lose some pounds on a treadmill . When Mr Limbaugh specks of the washington elite as if he is some kind of sloth Andrew Jackson. What his listeners don't seem understand is Rush has become that of the elite, sloth , monarchy of complacency .

    What I like to see is the repeal of the Dulling law in Limbough's home state. Rush is no Andrew Jackson !

    your a great card player, you walk your talk as a gentlemen of Louisiana !

    February 1, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Simmy

    Sad commentary when Rush L. does the speaking for any legitimate party.

    February 1, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Sounds to me like Mr. Carville has got plan, while limbaugh has nothing but wind and no plan.

    Limby is completely self serving and doing nothing more than looking ratings, trying to get noticed as if he were important and trying to help. Why anyone believes antthing he says escapes me!

    February 1, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. BS

    Limbaugh's job should be to stop Bloomberg and the MTA from increasing fares and not manufacturing all kinds of statements about the world according to Rush.

    I am unpersuaded that Rush has done anything to contribute to his cause. Where was he for 8 years to act as a watch dog for the Bush administration fiscal disaster ??

    February 1, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. the wilderness

    Rush is headed for the wilderness and he knows it.When his offshore accts. are exposed with all the money he takes from big oil,everyone will know why and whos side his has always been on.

    February 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Romney2012

    Way to go, liberal CNN...I sent in another post, that justified the republican opinion...yet, as usual, you've censored it...and spout only the opinions of mindless liberals.....you're part of the reason the country's in the tailspin it's in; your repeated printing of socialist misinformation.

    February 1, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Griff

    The World must remember... There is no such thing as a "Third World Country"... They have become: Just another piece of "Real Eastate"...

    February 1, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Cindy Nelson

    Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.

    Go Steelers!!

    February 1, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. obambi

    no one liked Carville when he supported Hillary over Obama–now he is a King among Dems for cutting up Rush. Dems are so hypocritical. Obama is looking pretty unpresidential and scared when he lets Rush intimidate him. My, how the libs have gotten arrogant with a little bit of a majority!

    February 1, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. OH

    Rush is very smart, he knows there are many wgo believe his garbage. Don

    February 1, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Freed_From_W

    Ignore Rush. Ignore Republicans. Ignore self-righteous "conservatives".

    That way, you can end up doing what is right; both ethically and tactically.

    February 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Dennis from Millbrae, CA

    The best thing we could do is ignore that right wing, drug addled talk show commentator (uhh, what's his name again?). Every time he sees his name in print it only encourages him. Relegate him to the dust bin of history along with that governor from Alaska (uhh, what's her name again?).

    February 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. OH

    Rush is very smart, he knows there are many who believe his garbage. Don't blame the messenger; if you are foolish enough to listen to him, you are foolish enough to be fooled by him. He is one guy I never listen to and he is a clown.

    February 1, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Randy postulates that "You got to just like this guy he tells it like it is..."

    No – Rush is telling it like he wishes it was! He's on his own show, with no one to even tell him when he's wrong and pompous ... just him and the love of his life – the mike!

    The republicans were never willing to be bipartisan, never willing to share power and even now, are bemoaning that the NH serving in the cabinet, might be great for the country but bad for the GOP – always party first.

    Republicans would actually lock the doors to keep Democrats from participating... how pathetic.

    February 1, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Smart People

    Rush Limbaugh is hack! He spouts his nonsense in his little safe zone, and as soon as anyone (like Carville just did) shines light on his ridiculous theories he runs scared. ALL BARK AND NO BITE! If you want a good laugh, get a hold of Bill Hicks portrayal of LimpIDIOT!

    February 1, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Jayden,FL

    Great post Mr Carville . Can't stand "El Rushbo" and that douche bag "El Hannitibo "

    February 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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    February 1, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. MIMI

    If Rush is the "most influential"......the GOP is in deep doodoo !!!!

    February 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Dixon

    Hey folks, even the morons of the country need a representative. Rush (the pill popper) Limbaugh fills that void. Now that the country has seen the results of Republican control for 8 years it will be tough to regain any confidence from the voters. As for Limbaugh, give him a break. He had to take a measly 400 million dollar contract and I am sure he is suffering. I've never purchased OxyContin before, but I bet it is expensive when buying from dealers.

    February 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. susie

    Why is everyone so concern with what Rush thinks or says? He is not a politician just someone voicing his opionion like the rest of us do. Each and everyone of us have freedom of speech.

    February 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Irony

    Sorry Rush, 46% of Americans voted for wackos. The other 54% voted for the betterment of the USA.

    February 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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