March 10th, 2009
02:04 PM ET
6 years ago

DNC gets 'overwhelming response' to Limbaugh billboard proposal

Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh received criticism from the DNC for his remarks that he hopes Obama fails.
Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh received criticism from the DNC for his remarks that he hopes Obama fails.

(CNN) – Citing an “overwhelming response” of tens of thousands of replies, the Democratic National Committee has narrowed down its top five messages from supporters to Rush Limbaugh.

With responses like, “We can fix America, just don’t Rush it,” the DNC is asking its online backers to vote for their favorite submission. The winning slogan will be placed on a billboard in Limbaugh’s hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida where the organization says he “can’t miss it.”

The responses purportedly poured in after the DNC sent an e-mail to its supporters last week urging Democrats to “talk back” to a right-wing radio personality.

“It's up to you to let Rush know that Americans reject his desire to see President Obama - and our country – fail,” DNC Executive Director Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in the latest e-mail.

The DNC has not announced when it plans to put up the billboard.


Filed under: DNC • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Tropunlim

    Rush has already failed... Obama was elected! He's also failing as the leader of the Republican Party. Since he won't defer to their elected leader. I, for one, enjoy watching Limbaugh flail.

    March 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    So nice to know that with all the problems facing America this is what the DNC chooses to spend time on. I guess with Bush and Cheney gone, they need another Republican boogey man to scare people and keep them toeing the liberal line.

    By the way, ten bucks says the money for the billboard gets paid for by the stimulus bill. Obama and the Dems are living down to my lowest expectations. Watch out, reeducation camps are next.

    March 10, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Some Guy

    Richard, you mean like downsizing and outsourcing jobs, while giving out huge bonuses to the CEOs? You mean $4 gasoline last summer while Exxon announced the largest profit by any U.S. company ever? You mean tax cuts and huge loopholes for the rich? Now that's what I call wealth redistribution. It's called income disparity. Ours is right up there with some heavy hitters like Chad and Niger. Look it up. Of course CNN is too afraid to post this as usual, so you'll never read it.

    March 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. KLK

    The people who actually listen to Rush a quite few in comparison to those who don't. In essence, he's not really worth the trouble. I still went to the site and voted though.

    March 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Mariann Pepitone

    kathy: And I think your don't make sense in your comments. Wake up and smell the coffee. Obama cannot balance the deficit he is too busy spending the taxpayers money in the billions. Bailing out companies that should have known how to balance their books plus they took big bonuses from the money given them. Give me a break. This country is going downhill and you know it along with millions of American's. Thousands of people out of work with no jobs open because companies are closing. Obama is more concerned about the rich not the poor and what's best for him. Good for Rush. He put a fear in them that's why they are putting up a billboard. Obama is no match for Rush. Rush has been involved in politics long before Obama thought of it.

    March 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Mack

    A billboard would fall right into Rush's hands. All of his hot air whining is only to get a response from the Democrats. Don't give him any fuel with a billboard; that would be a notch on his oxycontin bottle.

    March 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. miguel

    No, Rush is pathetic and no intelligent person would listen to such crap; ditto heads think they are intelligent? You have got to be kidding me. Democrats are finally taking a stand. We can't let Rush spew his hatred without calling him on it. The bill board was a great idea; I contributed 6 or 8 slogans myself. Republicans can't stand to be exposed to the light of day and they certainly can't take a joke even though they take Limpbaugh. His humor is almost always in bad taste.

    March 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. KLK

    The people who actually listen to Rush a quite few in comparison to those who don't. In essence, he's not really worth the trouble. I still went to the site and voted though.

    March 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    @ Rob Kole

    Freedom of speech includes speech directed at debunking and combatting hateful, misleading rhetoric where and when you find it.

    March 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Debby

    The dumbells running this country must be really afraid of this one man mouth piece to have childish billboards all over the place.

    March 10, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Anna from NY

    A waste of time and money.
    Rush likes to make Dems bristle. Why are we encouraging him?
    I don't like him, I don't listen to him, I don't care about what he has to say and I sure won't pay one penny to draw attention to him. We have more important problems to face than his mean-spirited ramblings.

    March 10, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. sugandha

    Great. Now the DNC is working harder to give free publicity to Rush, with tax payers dollars.
    I wish they work harder to give our money back to us, so we can at least be able to feed our children in this pathetic economy.

    March 10, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Mariann Pepitone

    tropunlim: Rush will never fail. If Obama keeps spending the taxpayers money he may not get re-elected. Many of the democrats will wake up and think before hey vote next time. Of course you have to expect the college students to vote for him again. They don't have the brains to sit on or a window to throw them out of. Maybe its the drugs and booze that affected their mind. It appears that the democrats fear Rush so they have to put up a billboard so their voters don't change. Get real. We all know the mistakes Obama is making and their big ones. The economy is bad enough but a depression is worse and that's where we may be heading.

    March 10, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. JT

    Joe you are right. The DNC needs to stop spending money on this useless campaign against Limbaugh. Just let the man dig his own grave.

    March 10, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. don

    But I agree, I do not want to see Obama institue his proposed policies either.

    March 10, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. thomas

    I hope this is not what it looks like – a cheap fundraising stunt. Limbaugh has has enough attention already. How can he have any credibility when he doesn' t know the difference between the Preamble of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?

    March 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. bill

    I absolutely detest Rush Limbaugh and what he stands for, but you are playing into the hands of a publicity hound by doing this.

    Let him rant and rave to his few listeners and if there is no controversy for him to talk about like this billboard, they will stop listening.

    March 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Matt

    DNC just drop it. This is the very reason I am an Independent. The Dems won the election due to fiscal irresponsibility. A very high % of American's believe the Republican party has no leader and anyone can tell thats true.

    Both sides have lost their ethics and values so my suggestion would be to put all their focus on finding the best solutions and fixing our problems. It doesn't matter who caused them b/c we have short memories. The thing everyone will remember is who fixed them.

    March 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Get Real

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever read.

    March 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Voice of A Moderate Republican

    This is pure genius by the Democrats.

    This billboard will torque Limbaugh up and make sure he keeps talking in a nasty derogatory way. Until the GOP rebukes Rush Limbaugh they will have a hard time appealing to folks like me.

    President Obama's genteel, civil and intellectual approach will have to be adopted to combat the GOP's overdose on RUSH.

    At that point it will be clear they are copying Team Obama and the bulk of America will say go with the orginator, not the imitator.

    March 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Dave From Philly

    Why is everyone being a hypocrite??????

    Obama wants bipartisanship and we're all doing the opposite by this... this is childish.

    If you ask me, each party should have a maximum age limit of 8 years old if they keep acting like this

    March 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Duane in Philly

    This is all SO stupid! This publicity is exactly what Rush Limbaugh wants, and it will only increase his ratings and his bank book.

    March 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. gt

    very stupid waste of money all they are doing is making rush richer,,,just think of how that money could of been use for good instead of stroking his ego....wake up dnc

    March 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. AJ in Fla

    We think that de DNC, Mr. Begala, Mrt Carvelle and Mr. Emanuel are
    terrified that Mr. Limbaugh not only will remain the stong voice of the Conservatives but will eventually become the subliminal voice of the moderate left, the Liberals and Democrats. What about them apples...!!!

    March 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    CJWilliams – Rush loves the power you people are giving him. Keep it up, you bunch of idiots!

    March 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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