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."


Filed under: Colin Powell • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Priscilla California

    New Yorker, If any Repub endorsed Obama that is a sign they are not completely brainwashed. Be a Repub at any cost , is that your motto? I feel sorry for you.

    May 20, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. WIlly Brown

    Powell voted based on color not subtance of the persons running.

    May 20, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Humble thou self -Toronto Canada

    Come to think of it, Rush reminds me of Jerry Falwell, and where is he now?

    May 20, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. dave

    Rush is a washed-up windbag. Come on folks, time to move on. Get out of the republican party? Is there anything of it left? Dang...

    May 20, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The two greatest enemies of the Rebulican party are Limbaugh and Cheney. The best thing the Rebulicans can do is denounce them both, and fire their sitting GOP President, because he cannot do anything either.

    May 20, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. ANGIE IN PA

    Lets see

    Powell a Man that Bravely and Proudly Served His country

    Limbaugh a Drug addict who Spews Hate all day

    Who is More Relevant Ennie meeni mynee moe

    Oh and Thanks Gen Powell for not Bowing Down to The Leader of the Gop and Apologizing much respect for you sir!

    May 20, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Georgia Gal

    Limbaugh is delusional. He called Colin Powell the "stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything.", but he's wrong. That's the GOP that he & Dick Cheney are part of.

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

    Limbaugh is terrified that there could once again be a relevant, pro-American Republican party, and his faction will fall completely to the wayside. I don't know whether the Neocons serve a foreign master hell-bent on destroying the United States, or if they are a domestic subversive terrorist group, but either way, Colin Powell is right, and Rush, in his opiate fantasies, is wrong.

    May 20, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Milo

    Rush Limbaugh is half a junkie. Why do people listen to him? You know and I know he's just going to overdose on painkillers very soon and that will be the end of him.

    May 20, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Melissa

    Limbaugh is a joke, Powell is a war hero. Sorry, I'm with Powell on this one.

    May 20, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. To New Yorker

    "Just cross the isle? Island? Or did you mean aisle.

    May 20, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Shari, NY

    If you keep publicly lambasting your comrades it does not help your party which already has a low rating. Something fishy is going on.

    May 20, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. cryhavoc

    Rush Limbaugh is an big fat drug abusing idiot who makes millions of dollars every year bloviarting to uneducated morons like himself. The people who listen to him are morons. Why would any intelligent person listen to this fat gas bag?

    May 20, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. WI Vet

    People please listen to this man. Listen to the utter garbage that spews from his mouth for the sake of entertainment. He is not an elected offical.

    He is a bad joke on all that take his advice as the Gospal Political truth. This is a man that has not idea what it takes to run for or serve in an elected office.

    I am not Dem or Rep. I AM A AMERICAN & a Vet of this country.

    May 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. This One Is A No Brainer

    Should we listen to a decorated four star general with an impeccable record serving his country or a draft-dodging torturer who spat in the face of the very constitutioin he took an oath to uphold and a morbidly obese drug addict blowhard with delusions of grandeur....That is what I call a no brainer....

    May 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. matt from pittsburgh

    Anyone who takes anything limpbaugh says as gospel is a true MORON. General Colin Powell has served his and my country with honor and distinction. All limpbaugh has done is make his living off of a bunch of uneducated, racist, morons. So go ahead repubs keep following him. He goes home to a mansion you go home to a trailer. Maybe when you go broke he will let you live as q surf on his estate.

    May 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    "I'm a conservative!"

    "No. I am a conservative!"

    "No you're not! I am the real conserative! You are a lamebrain!"

    "Oh yeah! Well I have more conservativenes than you peabrain!"

    "Whaaaa! He says he is more conservative than me! Meanie!"

    blah blah bllah

    May 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. lawyermommy

    WHY IS LIMBAUGH BEING PROFILED AT ALL??? He is an etertainer.. he is taking the party in a handbasket straight to the land of "NEVER WINNING ANY MORE ELECTIONS" .

    Attacking seasoned Republicans like Powell only make the party look weak and discombobulated.

    This is a sad state of affairs. Is there any hope for the Republican party??? At this point... between Newt, Steele and Rush..all I can see for them in the future is a MOVIE DEAL.

    Thats all.

    May 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Priscilla California

    Powell supported President Obama over McShame because he was the best person for the job. "Country First" remember that. Powell was country first not party especially when the party is going in the wrong direction.

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

    @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.
    -------------

    If General Powell is not a real Republican, then was Ronald Reagan's son a fake Republican since he did endorese Pres. Obama? Why are Republicans only questioning the faithfulness of their black constiuents.

    May 20, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. New Democrat

    Waterboard Rush!!

    May 20, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. ANGIE IN PA

    Why cant rush od or something

    May 20, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. J.P.

    When republicans run as conservatives, they win every time.

    When republicans run as "democrat lite," they get clobbered. Why?

    Because when there is already a liberal on the ballot, why vote for the Diet Coke version of liberal? Those inclined to vote for liberals will vote for the real deal.

    May 20, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Kevin

    WE are all elated that Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney are taking turns with the shovel. Pretty soon the hole will be large enough to drop the entire Bush administration in. Those guys are going to prison. And rightfully so.

    May 20, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. John in Ohio

    Hey Rush: 27 million people makes for great ratings... and poor showings in a national election. Enjoy being the scion of a regional party.

    May 20, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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