May 20th, 2009
07:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh blasts Powell attack

Rush Limbaugh criticized Colin Powell as being part of the 'stale, the old, the worn-out GOP.'
Rush Limbaugh criticized Colin Powell as being part of the 'stale, the old, the worn-out GOP.'

(CNN) - Colin Powell and Rush Limbaugh escalated their war of words on Wednesday, with the talk radio host calling the former Secretary of State part of the "stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

The comments came hours after Powell fired back at Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney over recent remarks questioning his GOP credentials.

"Rush Limbaugh says, 'get out of the Republican Party.' Dick Cheney says, 'he's already out,'" Powell said at a Tuesday night event in Boston, according to the Boston Globe. "I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again."

Powell drew ire from many in the GOP for his decision to endorse President Obama's candidacy, and said earlier this month that the party would be better off without Limbaugh.

On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh mocked Powell's comments. "And now there's an agenda, an emerging agenda, that he's waiting for for the Republican Party?" said the radio host. "The only thing emerging here is Colin Powell's ego. Colin Powell represents the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

Limbaugh, who has been called the de facto leader of the Republican Party by leading Democrats, also said that he is resigning from the position.

"I am resigning as the titular head of the Republican Party," Limbaugh said. "Clearly I am not the titular head of the Republican Party, it's not an office I sought, it was an office position that rather was ladled onto me, and one I was appointed without by acquiescence."


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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Marty, Grand Rapids Mi

    I hope the republican party does split. Then the religious right can be marginalized and the true conservatives and democrats can compromise and get bills passed.

    May 20, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. New Yorker

    Anyone who would endorse Obama for President is truly not a Republican; just stands to reason he's a RINO and NO good for the Republican party, or the country for that matter. Just cross the isle and stop with the facade.

    May 20, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Rush...... Kill yourself

    May 20, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Just an Old Farmboy Having Fun

    If you ignore him he will go away. Please ignore him.

    May 20, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. MING

    Limbaugh is such a dispicable thing.

    May 20, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. TjayeInLA

    Limbaugh and Cheney have no clue that THEY are the death of the Republican party.

    May 20, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Byron

    You can't step off as the leader of the crazy nut job republican party when 90% of the republican party listens to you and Dobbs... Limbaugh/Dobbs 2012!! (Cheney for House Speaker 2012!!)

    May 20, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. RR

    "Porky the Pig" will never shut up! Rush is the "Voice of the GOP".....Hail Hitler!

    May 20, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. sammieb51

    Let's hope this is the deathnell for Rush - what is the biblical expression ... pride goeth before the fall ... No matter what party, Rush is not the kind of leader a democracy needs or wants. And for a guy who evaded the Vietnam draft with a boil on his butt, for him to say Colin Powell has never "won anything" (apparently he forgot about Desert Storm) takes a the kind of nerve drugs gets you. I just hope his listeners are paying attention, but then have they ever?

    May 20, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Jon in CA

    Collin Powell belongs to the SAME party as Arlene Specter... sorry if the truth hurts.

    May 20, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Obama Victim

    let's review...........pro- abortion....pro affirmative action...and recently stated that big government/high taxes are good ......

    I thank him for his service to the country..............but he is not a Republican..................

    May 20, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Alex

    Re: Marty
    Hear Hear. But the longer the GOP infights the longer it'll be before they return to power. I'm in no hurry to return to the Bush era, thank you.

    May 20, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. donttreadonme

    I respect Powell for his service to our country. I wonder how he could support Obama over McCain and still consider himself a Republican?

    Did race play an issue here? Looking at the percentages an argument could be made.

    May 20, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Harley Weewax

    I see his lips moving, but all I hear is "bring me Solo and the wookie"

    May 20, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Dizzy from the Spin in PA

    That settles it, anybody Limbo and the Dittoheads call a RINO is worth a look at in this Independent's book!

    May 20, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. alvino

    Rush should talk about other's egos. He has a 400 lb ego in that body of his, and that does not leave much room for a brain.

    May 20, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. gross

    "ladled onto" him??? Yes, that fits. Like a giant bloated turkey.

    May 20, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    Let's see... Decorated War Veteran, Secretary of State Colin Powell v. Drug Addict Radio Host Rush Limbaugh.

    Umm, I'll go with the Sober Smart One!

    Please go away Limbaugh; this is a man's world, not an overweight drug addict’s hallucination about the ways of the GOP. Let's let the professionals fight it out

    May 20, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Dizzy from the Spin in PA

    Limbo and the Dittoheads....no wonder they're so behind the times, they're named like a cheesy 50's doo-wop group.

    May 20, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Kristina, Seattle

    Colin Powell shouldn't honor the ravings of that shameless blimp with any sort of response. Powell's an independent-minded moderate, and the GOP needs to realize it can't survive without them.

    May 20, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Ariana

    Good point Powell. I'd like to work with those kinds of Republicans and this is coming from a Democrat.

    May 20, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. lefty

    He is so right, because the republican party of Limbaugh and Cheney will never amount to anything other than internal terrorists plain and simple. I used to vote republican on occaision when the republican was the best candidate. I will never vote republican again as long as it has any affiliation with the likes of these two. One the ex-vice pathological liar, and Two the ex-drug abusing liar of the airwaves.

    May 20, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. a southern progressive

    hmm.. if my choices were "the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP" and "the angry, the hostile, the divisive GOP" , i dont think the choice would be hard... for anyone sane rational person, and besides, doesnt limbaugh want to go back to "the old" GOP from the reagan years..... i think he has babbled himself into contridicting himself again.. LMAO... must be the oxy ;)

    May 20, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. JML

    OMG............................if this isn't proof that the GOP'ers love drama, lies and DECIET. Rush really needs to shut-up and get a bit of a LIFE. What a joke......................................he makes the GOP look soooooooooooo bad and this is who they all run towards. STUPID!

    May 20, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. donttreadonme

    Name one thing that Rush has said on his show that is so terrible?
    Most of your hate is based on second hand information from the liberal media.

    May 20, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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