May 20th, 2009
07:06 PM ET
6 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. Holly

    All these people calling rush a pill-head fat idiot? Does tolerance only run one way?

    May 20, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Once You Vote Black

    Rush should scale this down before he looses his $300 Million contract. I think he should sit this dance out becaue he is no match for Powell. By the same token Powell really should not be fighting with this Oxycotton nit wit.

    May 20, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. sojourn

    Rush is only telling the truth... and the truth hurts. Huh

    May 20, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Messiahsaurus

    "I am resigning as the titular head of the Republican Party," Limbaugh said.

    I knew it ! I think we all know it ! Rush Limbaugh is a BOOB.

    May 20, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Lucille

    Please, please, CNN, stop making these angry Republicans newsworthy. Give us some news worth reading. Maybe then they will realize that this is a new era and we need to support our president who was elected by a huge landside.

    May 20, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Tim Buckley

    I've been wondering why Obama just cant get this guy off his mind and out of his speeches. Obama is absolutely obsessed with Rush. After reading all the "hate monger" here. that everyone says Rush is and does I have finally come to the conclusion that Rush is "THE MAN" he's the only one who has the G0-Nads to tell it like it really is. I have found that people really dont like the truth. They just want someone to parrot what they think their little simple dystopia world should really be like.

    May 20, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Jon

    How is it that the "old" Republican Party "never won anything," according to Rush? At times during recent decades haven't the Republicans controlled the White House, Congress, etc.? What am I missing?

    As for ignoring Rush to make him go away, I'm all for keeping him in the spotlight. He's great for Democrats.

    May 20, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    when did Dick Cheney or Rush Limbaugh serve in our nations' Armed Forces? Uh is the answer NEVER?? And both of these have the gall to try to put down a general of the US Armed Forces. And some of you right wingers here have the gall to defend the both of them? To me now THAT is un-American.

    May 20, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. sojourn

    Conlin Powell was dead weight.

    May 20, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Bonnie

    The devil walks among us, he is alive and well, and reincarnated, but the devil is a LIAR. No weapon formed against us shall prosper.

    May 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. stormerF

    How can Powell say he is a Republican,when he supports Socialism??

    May 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Limbog

    Limbaugh is right. The Republican party is so devoid of ideas and leadership that he acquiesced to his position of leader. It's that bad.

    May 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. C.T.

    To The Broker... Which education level is it???? S.C. GA. AL. or Miss?????

    May 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. sojourn

    Colin switched to the homosexual side.

    May 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. William in Mount Dora FL

    Who was it who said you never go broke underestimating the taste of the American people? Rush sure proved him right.

    May 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. alvy singer

    Limbaugh is such a schmuck.

    May 20, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Is it truly against the law to have Rush put to sleep? The last time some one ranted like Rush, they represented the National Socialist Party. We all know how that ennded.

    May 20, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. kman821

    Rush mabye you were mistaken for the titular head of the GOP because of those enormous man-boobs you're sporting!

    May 20, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Steve M

    Shut up Rush you fat, bigoted, cowardly non serving draft dodger, how about you resign from the human race? You have my full support General Powell, you are a true patriot, unlike 99.9% of the right wing chickenhawks on radio and TV who never served a single day in uniform but always wrap themselves in the flag, they are the real disgrace to America.

    May 20, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. WhoCares?

    So now we can add "Quitter" to his many titles.

    I would love to see some Democrat in Congress make a small side-comment about Rush being a quitter now and quitting is not what America is about.

    May 20, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. barfly

    Does Limpbaugh EVER say anything nice about anything? What he says about others is really saying about himself. When I want to know whats wrong with the GOP, just listen to Limpbaugh telling us what wrong with the DEMS. You jerks who follow him do not have a brain in your body.....

    May 20, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Bret

    Thank God! Rush will finally shut up!

    One can dream....

    May 20, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. sojourn

    Colin powell should have investigated the Iraq war closely instead of tell Bush to go to War.

    May 20, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. JSL

    Love the hypocracy:

    "The only thing emerging here is ego.
    represents the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

    May 20, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Leesa -ABQ

    "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."

    Newt Newt Newt.....You need to quit projecting! You are actually describing yourself!

    May 20, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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