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. Hedgehog

    More drivel from a drug-addled blowhard. Just what the republican party needs. Perhaps if they spent more time listening to people who have actual accomplishments (like, say, Colin Powell) instead of talk-radio junkie hypocrites they could win once more.

    May 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Dino, Washington, D.C.

    Wow a pill popping, trice married draft doging blowhard entertainer like Rush Limbaugh is favored by Dick Cheney to be the face of the GOP over a Vietnam Vet, four star General to boot, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former US Secretary of State and married to the same woman for over forty years? Colin Powell leave the GOP already, you are too good for them.

    May 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. SamSunny

    Let's see, now Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney decide who are Republicans and who can belong to the Party? Is this the type of Democracy we are suppose to be fighting for in Iraq? Two draft dodgers, one a college flunk out, and one an addict. The other trashed the Constitution of the United States. Both Liars. Wow.

    May 20, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Once You Vote Black

    Rush gave up his role as leader of GOP: He Quit. Then he says if he was envoy to Hati he would quit. Does he have no staying power? Looks like he goes belly up when ever he gets a chance. The only thing he has not quit is the drug. Rush, this is all your fault anyway. If you were not playing games with Operation Chaos we would not be in this mess. You struck again.

    May 20, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Mike

    Rush has been around for almost 20 years staying the same things...so why is he suddenly being creditied for bringing the GOP down?

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Robyn

    Rush, the fat rat trying to leave the sinking ship after spending the last 15 years gnawing holes in the bottom. Sorry Willard, time for you to become a drowned rat.

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Leah

    Even Huntsman has stated that the Republican Party isn't "ready" for him yet when he decided to take the Ambassadorship to China. He was one of the best hopes the Republicans had.

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Lisa in Shelton CT

    ok – Powel can lead responsible Republicans with good ideas, and Rush and Dick and their sheeple can lead the RepublicaNazi party – let the renaming resolutions begin...

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Once You Vote Black

    Ruhs is not American, in fact he is Pillopino!

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Proud Member..Party of No

    Out with the RINOs and in with conservatives!

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Ray

    Rush Limbaugh is a great big bag of stale hot air. He is an embarrasment to the human tace.

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Rush is an Oxymoron....

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. cathleen

    Ok . . . let me see . . . Limbaugh and Cheney: embarrassing, law-breaking, liars or Colin Powell: decorated war hero. You do the math!!! Why are we even discussing this? Limbaugh is a baffoon and please, someone tell Cheney he's no longer our secret President.

    May 20, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Tomas E

    The inmates running the asylum seems to come to mind right now. The thing is, I can't figure out who the inmates are and who the asylum is? Maybe the head inmate could elaborate on that during his loud mouth lunatic raving radio show.

    May 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. A New Day

    New Medication Rush?

    May 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. RO

    Bye-bye, Limbaugh....get a REAL job like most of us do. Anybody can blab...blab!

    May 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. luan isuffi

    How can this arrogant,overdrugged,fat MORON be leader of anything.
    If GOP doesnt have anybody better than this-even God can not save them.

    May 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Archie_Leach

    Any political party – he!! any political ENTITY – that *wants* to *kick out* an individual of Colin Powell's stature has gone complete whacko!

    May 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. vet in texas

    This from a man who makes 40 million to give his opinion. An opinion who the fearful need to have in order to grasp reality. I wonder how many of his listeners he would help in a time of need.....as many as he's helped his whole career.

    Gen. Powell spoke based on logic, Palin was an idiot and she is the bullet that is lodged in the GOP's big toe! I wouldn't follow Rush out of a fire exit! Essayons

    May 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. mtv

    I with Rush would resign from the Human Race...........PIG

    May 20, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Big Al

    CNN – why not moderate some of the responses from the left so that a reasonable dialogue can happen concerning Mr. Powell. You tend to be quick to moderate comments from conservatives who would really like to add some meaningful thoughts on this topic.

    May 20, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. jojomomma

    Its all REPUKE theatre and no one is buying tickets. Get over it and watch leadership from the sidelines you losers

    May 20, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. sojourn

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

    May 20, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Paul Battis

    Is this the same Colin Powell who said that Sadam had nuclear missiles mounted on the backs of trailer trucks that were criss-crossing about Iraq and that was why the inspectors couldn't find anything?

    May 20, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. James M. Holmes

    Please keep talking Limbaugh! Please keep attacking anyone that wont follow you and the rest of the un-American radicals in the GOP off the political cliff!

    Limbaugh and Dick Cheney are the ugly face of the GOP and it's radical right-wing... I'm enjoying watching the party of no new ideas other than death & destruction, lies and tax-cuts for the super rich die slow and painfully... somewhere Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater are spinning in their graves seeing what the GOP has become – an utter disgrace!

    May 20, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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