May 6th, 2009
08:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh to Powell: 'Become a Democrat'

Limbaugh took aim at Powell's comments about the GOP.
Limbaugh took aim at Powell's comments about the GOP.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rush Limbaugh fired back at Colin Powell for his critical comments earlier this week, saying Wednesday that the former secretary of state should join the Democratic Party.

"What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party," Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday.

Limbaugh also took aim at Powell's decision to endorse President Obama over John McCain during the presidential election, repeating his earlier sentiment that Powell's move was "solely based on race."

"He's just mad at me because I'm the one person in the country who had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama," Limbaugh said. "It was purely and solely based on race."

During a speech on Monday, Powell said the "the Republican Party is in deep trouble" and said the GOP would be better off without Limbaugh, according to a report by the National Journal.

"I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without," Powell said.

Earlier: Powell: GOP 'polarization' backfired in election


Filed under: Colin Powell • Extra • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Rush is Right. We need to stick to our core beliefs as Conservatives. We have been to quick the past few years to give in to what the main stream media deems "the politically correct" thing to do.

    May 6, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Brooklynbl

    How could Colin Powell be playing the race card? He disagreed with Bush and left long before Obama was even in the picture.
    Or do you not remember?

    May 6, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. John

    So what if Powell only endorsed Obama because of his race. How is that any different than the thousands of white people around the country who wouldn't vote for the guy because of that very reason.

    May 6, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. cc

    Where did C Powell say he voted for Obama cause he's Black? He vote for the half white!

    May 6, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. GB

    Rush... Rush... Rush. If ever there were a sniveling, sour caricature of a buffoon you're it.

    It's no wonder those who believe in this oaf are known as "dittoheads". Such people have limited intellect and are unencumbered by rational thought. Sadly, so many people hang upon every word that drips from his mealy mouth...

    May 6, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Liberal and proud of it dot com

    I see that Rush Limbaugh has pulled the wool over many of your eyes. At the end of the Roman Republic, many enemies of Caesar called for him to be crowned king – not because they wanted it, but because they knew that it would create a backlash against Caesar.

    If most of you were only smart enough to realize it, you'd see that Rush is secretly destroying the Republican party, just as Caesar's enemies plotted to destroy him, by pretending to exalt him. Rush is a secret liberal who has become a saboteur in the Conservative camp!

    Go, Rush, Go!

    May 6, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. me

    Rush Limbaugh is single handedly destroying the Republican party.

    May 6, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    so according to Rush Limbaugh's "logic" he endorsed McCain/Palin even though he didn't like McCain, soley because they were WHITE. So if a minority endorses another minority candidate it's soley because of race. Now I get it..I guess I've been going about it the wrong way all these years.

    And all you right wing losers calling Gen Powell an Uncle Tom and weak more than likey aren't even worthy to sit in the same room with him less known be a general.

    May 6, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. New Yorker

    Rush belongs with KKK on the margin of the society. He is a home grown terrorist and his ammo is the acid he spills.
    LOL – who cares what he said. People, let's concentrate on positive, leave him be, without your attention he has no voice – just ignore him.

    May 6, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Normally Silent

    I think its really interesting that Rush would say that Gen. Powell endorsed President Obama simply because they both are black. Using that same limited scope, it is not a leap to say Rush supported McCain simply because he is white. The ability to lead is not something that you acquire by living a long time but can be a lot more intangible. Gen Powell has been a leader of men for 40 years and he saw in Obama that ability to do something transcendent versus simply pushing along the status quo. McCain and Powell are brothers in arms and I know that was a tough call for him to make. What has Rush ever done for America and not just $400 million dollar Rush?

    May 6, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Big John

    Who are you going to believe, an honorable ex-Army officer, or a draft dodging, lying paid entertainer? I'll go with Mr. Powell on this one. Perhaps the dittiots will go with Limburger

    May 6, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Richard L

    To steal from Ross Perot:

    That sucking sound you hear is the sound of the Republican party imploding.

    Limbaugh has now trashed the person in the Bush administration who probably had the most INTEGRITY.

    May 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Alex

    Flabbergasting.

    "Rick May 6th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

    Colin Powell is an Uncle Tom of the democrat party."

    Amazing to hear people like Rick and Rush are also the people who say race is a non-issue in this country anymore.

    The Dems would be happy to have Powell join us, but honestly a healthy GOP – rather than the mangled, lumbering monstrosity of social conservatism and anti-intellectualism that calls itself the party today – is more necessary for this country.

    May 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Jake

    Rush is no different than Olberman, but unfortunately Repubs have let the Dems and the media define him as the leader of the party. Until they can break away from that stigma he will continue to do damage with those that can be swayed from one party to another.

    May 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. RushWho?

    Oh, Rush! You are the funniest on radio and I have never listened to you! Why is it I don't care what you think or believe? Next!.....

    May 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Tulsa

    PLEASE!!!!! Keep talking Rush!
    To borrow a line from ZuZu Baily,
    "Every time a Rush speaks, a Republican becomes a Democrat."
    Great comedy. REALLY.

    May 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. KKimberly

    limpball is an entertainer, NOT a politician, he never served this country, he never went to college, and he is a pill popping idiot! I am so confused what the right worships this pig for...OH well he is no threat to the Dems, hes our saving grace! Thank you rush for making the Dems stronger than ever...

    May 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Libs

    I'm a liberal through and through. I listen to Rush's progressive views everyday.

    May 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. todd the sarge

    You all have to admit that Rush is right about so many things. For instance, 58 MILLION people voted against Obama with the weakest Republican candidate ever! And what is really funny, is that over 20 MILLION people listen to Rush every day, yet liberal radio and tv can't compete. Centrism is what has put this country where it is. It's taken responsibility from individuals and placed it in the governments hands. Tell me ONE program the government has run that at least breaks even and shows real results! Medicare/Medicaid costs are astronomical, education sucks and they still want more money, trillions in additional spending and nothing has improved, head start is nothing but government funded daycare and my 'tax cut' from Obama will cost me when I file my taxes because it's a payroll tax deduction, not income tax deduction.

    Change we can believe in???

    May 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. k vaughan

    The country, not just the Republican party would be better without Rush; but as long as Americans and the press continue to listen to his show, cover his ridiculous statements and as long as advertisers continue to advertise on his station and show, we are stuck with him; what is the last positive thing you heard from him?

    May 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Brian - Va Beach VA

    Responce to "David in Houston"
    I think the Republican party would have done better if they did not have Sarah Palin as the VP nomination. We all know she was not John McCains pick and was thrown in there to win the disgruntled Hillary supporters.

    May 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Bernie

    ...because alienating prominent figures is a great way to revitalize an ailing political party.

    May 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Charles Brobst

    I agree with Rush. The Republican party should be reduced to only those people who agree with him, Rush Limbaugh. A party of one. A very big tent, though.

    May 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Charles

    Limbaugh is simply an entertainer – that's it.

    May 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. craig

    You got to be kidding me. Rush wants Colin Powell to leave the Republican party and to join the Democratic Party just because Powell had the guts to say that the Repugs were being overrunned by far right extremist. The man spoke the truth, you may not like it, but he spoke the truth. Instead of advocating his removal from the repugs party, Rush should be embracing Powell as a viable alternative to Obama and recruit him to run in 2012. It would be a tough choice for me, but I could see myself voting for Powell. In fact I can invision many moderate democratics voting for Powell.

    May 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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