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."


Filed under: Colin Powell • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Former Republican

    Flush Rush!!

    May 20, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    Marty, I like the way you think.

    May 20, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Joyce

    Did Limbaugh have a response to Sykes' comments yet? I haven't heard anything about it if he did.

    May 20, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    Rush Limbaugh and the true Republicans are true Americans, I can not say that for those in the Democratic Party, they are just hateful individuals who can not debate the issues and have to make personal attacks on innocent people. Obama is a friend to the Republicans just as Carter was.

    May 20, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. alvino

    Rush just keeps attacking the people that most would associate with and vote for. What a moronic lardass.

    May 20, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Pat F

    I love how Democrats rally around Colin Powell, the single biggest reason we got into the Iraq war. It was his lying sack of you-know-what speech at the UN that got MILLIONS of us to suspend our doubts and support the war. AND it was his little friend Richard Armitage who outed Valerie Plame, and Powell knew about it from day one but let Karl Rove take the heat.

    Powell is a just an accommodator to power – he knows exactly what to kiss, whose to kiss and when to kiss it.

    May 20, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. lefty

    There are two republican parties in my eyes. The right wing Religious Republican Party, and the more moderate respectable party of which Senator Spector and Senator Snowe belong. The first is just some kind of psychotic faction of the party that is hellbent on destroying this country through racism, hatred, bigotry and divisiveness. America is watching and listening and will never be fooled again by these fools.

    May 20, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Selden NY

    Rush Limbaugh is mentally insane. Dick Cheney is a war criminal.

    May 20, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Why is Colin Powell even deigning to recognize Limbaugh? They are not remotely in the same league.

    Mr. Powell, don't dignify Limbaugh with a response. He is a no-body and you are success in multiple fields.

    Who really cares what Limbaugh thinks? He is an entertainer and not a very good one at that.

    May 20, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. FL voter

    the repubs are hilarious with their continuous bickering. Thats ALL their good at!

    The dont actually SOLVE any problems. They dont actually DO anything except weaken the fabric of this country. Weaken the constitution, sell away the publics rights to the highest bidding corporation. And when everything crumbles they just point their grimy, crooked little fingers at everyone else. Their simply pathetic!

    They run around like dumb chickens squawking the logical left are socialists, and I guess from an extreme fascist point of view we are.

    May 20, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. inutah

    Go away, Rush....

    May 20, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Go Cavaliers

    Rush should be put out of his misery!

    May 20, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Spot

    Farmboy, too late for that wimpy talk. Restore Fairness to the land.

    May 20, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Felicia

    Why is honkies so racist, you whitebread chicken shyt racist people is nothing mere of what's left on the bottom of my shoe at the end of the day.

    May 20, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Expat American

    Marty, Grand Rapids MI.

    Well said.

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

    Any one who DIDNT endorse Obama for President is truly unintelligent...

    May 20, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Peter

    Powell is by far the person I'd prefer to have an endorsement from than Limbaugh..

    May 20, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Alex in Wisconsin

    Finally the Republican party moderates have a Luke Skywalker figure to battle Emperor Limbaugh, Darth Vader, and their gun waving base of redneck stormtroopers. I wish Colin Powell the best of luck in bringing sanity and realism to the Republican party

    May 20, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Cooper -Toronto Canada

    Rush Limfool please come to Canada, we have free DRUGS (not medication) to help clam you down.

    This is the same General Powell who protected and defended the USA all his live. Don't forget that it was again General Powell who helped president Reagan defeat the Russians and what do you think Reagan will say to Rush if he was alive?

    May 20, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Jeff, TX

    I'm becoming more convinced that RL is provoking SOLELY to raise his ratings. Simple response. Pay no attention to the blowhard behind the curtain. Better yet, write his sponsors and tell them you won't buy their products/services. He's all about the ratings. (Certainly not the Republican party, and NO WAY the average (centrist) American!)

    May 20, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Louis

    Limbaugh represents the party of family values with his three divorces (they all left him) and drug addiction.

    May 20, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Eric

    I find it truly amazing that Rush is considered the "New" GOP while General Colin Powell is considered "old and stale". Also I find it utterly laughable that a man who goes to a convention as a guest speaker and starts chanting his own name along with everyone else makes any comments about a decorated war hero's ego. One man has dedicated his entire career to his country, the other to his ever expanding waist line. I will take General Powell and his service to this country over Rush and his golden microphone anyday.

    May 20, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. al in memphis

    I never understood why people believe they count for something by belonging to some political party. Here's a clue, be an American and believe that you are suppose to contribute to the next generation being better than your generation.

    May 20, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Claudia in Houson

    I think Colin Powell just kicked Limbutts. LOL.

    May 20, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    I love loony libs because they make me laugh every day with their mental disorders! They cry endlessly about how anyone who disagrees with them is "dispicable" and then makes thoughtful and reasoned arguments like "Kevin Denver Colorado". Only libs talk that way – they are oh so caring and tolerant!

    May 20, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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