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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Limbaugh, Gingrich, Cheney, Rove, Palin, etc are all big mouths and/or brainless boobs. Do any one of these idiots ever have a positive or constructive thing to say?

    May 20, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Ted Tartaglia

    Limbaugh is a drug addicted blowhard whose only success is running off at the mouth to people dumb enough to believe his rantings. If Rush is the best the Republics have to offer, its over for them.

    May 20, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Real Republican

    The Real Republicans understand and believe in what our country was founded upon. Rush has more followers to this day then any other day before our current President purchased his current job. Understand our country and what we were built upon before anyone choses to battle Rush. You better be able to understand our freedoms that our President is taking away from every one of us in the middle class.

    May 20, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. tina

    I can't even listen to this man anymore!!!!!!!!!! I'm a Republican and always have been,but this guy is not good for our party!!!!!!!!!! He spews the most ridiculous statements!!!!!!!!!!! I think he should resign from public speaking!!!!!!!!! And Rush,give up the street drugs please!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Lillianne

    What a hot fart bag. He's named after limberger for a reason. . .

    May 20, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Tim Buckley

    Hey "once upon a horse" when did Dick Cheney or Rush Limbaugh serve in our nations' Armed Forces? ........... And they ddnt even serve as "community organizer either ... How un-American does it get

    May 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Ping It

    The Republican Party should remember what happened to the last group who followed a drug addicted charismatic leader off into the wilderness and drank his kool-aid.

    May 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. sojourn

    obama is a muslim cry baby..

    only comes out for the good new and leaves the bad news to his 40 thieves

    May 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Leesa -ABQ

    Ooopsie, I meant Rush on the at last comment but they are both equally guilty of projection anyway so no harm no foul.

    May 20, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Pat in IL

    Rush is such a fool.......nobody's listening, and if they are, they're just laughing.

    May 20, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. mh

    Powell – what a joke! He is a nobody with no morals and no spine!!

    May 20, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. sojourn

    We need the republicans...other wise who is going to fix the country when the country goes broke.

    May 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Chris in Va.

    One can only compare a decorated war veteran/General and Secretary of State to a fat, disgusting, blowhard, coward who chose deferment for anal warts when his country called, pathetic.

    Jabba the Limbaugh is a disgrace to humanity as a whole.

    May 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. BRIAN

    Rush may not think he is the titular head of the Republican Party but he is the biggest boob.

    May 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. RUTY

    Please America, don't let Rush Limbaugh make us ashamed to be an American. People all over the world are laughing at us for being so childish. Rush Limbauagh is a demonic turd who needs to be stopped. Maybe a better word is flushed.

    May 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. randy california

    It's very easy to shut Rush up...just never listen to him. I haven't heard a word he's said unless by choice in 10 years.

    May 20, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. kman821

    This just in ... Rush doesn't have a big ego ... but Colin Powell does!?!?

    May 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. John, Los Angeles CA

    What a fool.

    To bad Rush did not have the nads to wear the uniform and go into combat for his country. What a coward.

    Colin Powell did.

    Neither did Cheney.

    Enough said.

    May 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. SPJ

    Rush, say it ain't sooooo.

    May 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Patrick2H

    Rush Limbaugh commenting on someone else's ego? Do you think he should?

    May 20, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    @ Tim Buckley, wh osaid "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."

    That's either irrelevant or you think that's Obama up there in that picture.

    May 20, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Tim Buckley

    hawkeye May 20th, 2009 5:26 pm ET
    Poor Lush Dumbaugh, What a dillusioanl idiot. Appointed by God to tell stupid people what to think. ........................ Hey Hawkeye .. just keep drinking the cool-aid and everything will be just fine.

    May 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. sammy

    Does Rush have another life besides his radio show? Is this person even married, have a girlfriend or any children/grandchildren? He is the biggest grouch, he's always miserable and never ever has anything nice to say. He never looks on the bright side of anything. I mean, i know he's in remission from drug abuse, but was he nicer when he was doing drugs? Oh my God- I wish he would just be put out to pasture and graze around like the cow that he is.

    May 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    Hey Rush....how was basic training when you went through it? How many wars did you fight in or how many years did you put in the US Armed Forces? UH WHAT??? is the answer NONE?? Then you need to sit down and be THANKING Gen Powell for helping to keep your (BLEEP) safe instead of trying to put him down. Neither r you nor Cheney are worthy to lace his bootstraps IMO.

    May 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. From the Island...

    Wonder why CNN has to censor blogs here???? Thanks CNN for supporting free speech by deleting my post... Heat>kitchen

    May 20, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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