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. Obama!!!

    If Powell runs for Pres under Repub party.. Id vote for him!!!

    May 20, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Vern

    Talk about TRASH! That is what Rush is PLAIN TRASH spaced out on drugs!!!!

    May 20, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Johnny B

    Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh should put on their veteran soldier uniforms and give their great speeches. That will show Powell that they believe enough in the country enough to fight on the battlefield for it.

    May 20, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Patty in the CA mountains

    With Newt, Rush, Michael, Dick, Palin and miscellaneous family members of each spouting their venom on a daily basis, the republican party is confirming the very reason they have lost the last 2 elections.....they are hateful, angry, vengeful, bigoted, out-of-touch, bags of hot air.....

    May 20, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Allen in Hartwell GA

    If Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity, Faux News, and their ilk would ever shut up and listen and look around, they might discover that they have drifted far away from the Republican boat.
    General Powell has proven that he cares for America, not a political party. Hopefully everyday Republicans will be able to take back their party from the idiots listed above.

    May 20, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. john

    Keep up the pressure Powell and all Limbaugh is about to loose it now lol!!

    May 20, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Tino

    WHY do people continue to listen to what Rush Limbaugh has to say? Why?!?!

    May 20, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Keeth in California

    Limbaugh saying he didn't want to be the leader of the GOP is as hypocritical as Rove saying we went to war in Iraq because of the Democrats.

    Repeat a lie long enough and eventually you'll start to believe it yourself. Just like Rush, W, Rove, Cheney, and their sheeple.

    May 20, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. James Pfeiffer

    Only in America can a pill-popping, racist, hate-mongering fat man question the ethics and intelligence of a real gentleman statesman.

    May 20, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Jason B.

    Limbaugh and Cheney are definitely the ones stuck in time as the old GOP...uncompromising and refusing to even listen to anyone else's ideas.

    The GOP should split in two. One side to be free-thinking and open to ideas, and one side to stay with Limbaugh and Cheney and cater to the super-religious far right.

    May 20, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Lesley Anne

    Limbaugh is ridiculous. If Powell was part of the "stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything" perhaps Mr. Limbaugh forgot that Bush won the WH and was in the WH for the last 8 years and Powell was part of that as his secretary of state. What he should have said was part of the old, worn-out GOP that shouldn't have won anything.

    May 20, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Susie from Austin, Texas

    Looks like the GOP would be ready to dump Limbaugh and Cheney. Why would any political party want members who continue to drag them down and who will eventually destroy the party??

    May 20, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. cbc

    I wish he would quit as 'head' of the GOP – but he won't – he'll be back on the air tomorrow telling people he doesn't agree with to get out of the Republican party. It's one lie after another with Rush...

    May 20, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Joanna

    "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."

    Wow...just wow....Lush must be projecting

    May 20, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. joel palmer

    I am positively giddy with delight! This circular firing squad gets better every day. By the time the gop gets done, they will be able to hold their convention in a two car garage.

    Reasonable, moderate, clear thinking and lucid republicans (thing Eisnehower, Lincoln, Rockefeller, Specter) have been driven from the tent by the screamimg, fanatic, hard right, idiotic whackjobs (think Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, Coulter, Rove).

    Is it any surprise they are at 21% and falling???

    May 20, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. PCS / North Carolina

    Rush is a typical hateful, republiKKKan, religious fanatic, who is divisive and arrogant. The party of NO solution. The party of TAXCUTS to the wealthy.

    May 20, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Lisa in Shelton CT

    Powell represented the stale party that never won anything – wasn't he working for the elected president? Powell did not endorse the GOP losers that Rush voted for – McCain/Palin. Voting one's conscience in any election doesn't negate your party affiliation – but if your vote went to the other guys, it behooves your party to figure out where they're missing it. In this case, Rush need only look in a wide mirror.

    May 20, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Elmar Brock

    What a great day!!
    Limbaugh, the gas bag, smearing an American hero. I hope he keeps it up as only unfit neo-cons will remain in what once was a wonderful party.

    Does anyone really wonder why the current Republican Party is in the shape it's in?

    May 20, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Lisa in Shelton CT

    Now if only Michael Steele would follow suit....

    May 20, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Roy, Houston

    I Love it. Rush is a great entertainer. Th Republican Party is chrashing and burning and Rush is still and will continue to get paid. When this act is over he'll move on to another topic of discussion.

    May 20, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. DawnL,CA

    Rush really fried his brain with all those drugs he is using. Who listens to him?Powell served his country, then got caught up in the Bushies lies.I felt sorry for him when he delivered the lines about WMD that proved not to be true.

    May 20, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Cali Girl

    Wow! Would you look at that. Another episode of "Republican's eating their own."

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

    I think Limbaugh is dancing the issue. What he really wants to say is that Powell is not White.

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

    The republicans will not return to power until they abandon the conservative social issues and stick with what they do best. push for smaller government and fiscal responsibility.

    May 20, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Tommy

    By resigning, I hope he means that he will finally quit spewing verbal vomit from his pie-hole. But I know that's not possible!

    Here is someone where you truly don't know if he's talking out of his mouth, or his posterior!

    Aim high republicans!

    May 20, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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