May 24th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Rove sides with Limbaugh

Rove said he's siding with Limbaugh.
Rove said he's siding with Limbaugh.

(CNN) – In the ongoing war of words between Rush Limbaugh and Colin Powell, top Bush strategist Karl Rove is siding with the popular talk radio host.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rove said Limbaugh would edge out the former secretary of state if he "had to pick between the two."

Rove's comments come after a back-and-forth between Limbaugh and Powell, during which both have charged the other is hurting the GOP's chances of success in the future.

Discussing divisions over the direction of the party in the wake of its losses in the 2006 midterm elections and 2008 presidential election, Powell said the party should expand its base.

"I have always felt that the Republican Party should be more inclusive than it generally has been over the years and I believe that we need a strong Republican Party that is not just anchored in the base but has built on the base to include more individuals," he told "Face the Nation."

Ultimately, Rove said, the debate between Limbaugh and Powell is a "false" one because neither is a candidate for public office.

"The real debate takes place out there in the real world by people getting out there and encouraging the kind of candidates who represent their vision for the party," Rove said.


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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Claudia in Houson

    Can the GOP get any worse, it appears so with Karl Rove, Cheney, Gingrich, McConnell, Steele and none other than Limbutt himself. There is no place in the Republican party for the young who speak out for change, they will never relinquish their throne of the "old white guys party".

    May 24, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. S M R

    Building your base on lies is not the American way. Please continue to show your ass and the majority of the American People will vote your party out again and again. After the drubbing the GOP took in 2006 and 2008, it shows their average I.Q is in the 40's or is that too high.

    May 24, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Troy, NJ

    Rove and Limbaugh did more to wreck the party than any democrat could have ever done. I think its very intresting that two people who never wore the uniform to protect this country attacks a decorated veteran like Mr. Powell. If a democrat would have done this; these two would have called it treason. They are the reason for a shrinking base, and if the continue this type of strategy against those with different opinions the democrats will rule for 50 years.

    May 24, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Carol

    Let Rove and Cheney keep on talking. It is digging the trench deeper with every word from their mouths for the GOP.

    May 24, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. DP

    Rove siding with Cheney and Limbaugh...Well, how unexpected...This is almost as shocking to hear as it would be that Jack the Ripper enjoys the work of Hannibal Lecter, or that Darth Vader supports the policies of the Emperor. Rove is the kind of nerdy weasel that always needs a stronger personality to genuflect to. Rove, your little more than the barely tolerable toadie following the other kids around, trying hard to say the things you think will make them like you.

    May 24, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    miss piggy, picks the other fat guy. let me get this right...... the drug addict over the 4 star general, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... i guess you had to be there to get the reasoning straight...........

    May 24, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. drummajor66

    I agree, I pick Limbaugh/Cheny over Ridge/Powell.
    I want the Repugs to stay far right, I want the Dems to move even farther left. That is the only way we will get a third party. An independent party that really represents the people. Obama is a sham, he's a moderate Repug in dem clothing. Powell is a moderate dem in Repug clothing, they are all elitist who believe their only obligation is to Wall street.
    Obama doesn't realize that to rebuild an economy you start from the bottom up, meaning you rebuild communities. You invest in people not institutions. Reagan tried that & we all know how well trickle down economics worked for us.
    So since they are saying "let them eat cake" to everyday Americans, I say let them fight & wipe each other out. Then maybe we can get a real political party & a real government, of, by & for the people.

    May 24, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Ennis, LA

    Does Powell truly believe the GOP should be the mirror image
    of the opposing party? I fail to see how this would serve the
    interests of the American electorate. American politics demands balance & diversity. Powell's me-tooism won't work. He should just
    pull an Arlen Specter and become a Democrat. Rush is right.

    May 24, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Clay

    Rats always stick together.

    May 24, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. az voter

    I am a long time middle-of-the-road Republican, and observer of American politics.

    If I had to pick a starting point for the overhaul of our party I'd start with a Rovectomy and Limbaughtomy.

    The sooner these two blowhards can pied-pipe their loyal followers out of the Republican party the better off we'll be.

    May 24, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. 2thpick

    Karl is only saying that to protect himself from the wrath of Rush. No Republican dare speak against His Immenseness.

    May 24, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. A registered republican

    It figures that loser Rove would side with loser Limbaugh. Their egos cloud their thinking so rather than realizing they diminshed the party, they still think they are the saviors of the party.

    May 24, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Haoleboy

    Neither one of them is worthy to lace up General Powell's boots. On this Memorial Day let's remember that General Powell served his country by putting his life on the line time after time and asked for nothing in return. Limbaugh, Cheney, Rove – all they ever did was take from their country and ask others to sacrifice. The quicker we have these folks in our rear view mirror the better.

    May 24, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. C Spurgeon

    Look at these two. They are both pigfaces and have the moral values to fit.

    May 24, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Tina Mattson

    This is Karl Rove, for God's sake. He taught people like Rummy and The Prince of Darkness how to lie. Why does anybody take this buffoon seriously. To pick Limburger over a serious statesman such as Powell just shows why the GOP is circling the drain, and none too soon.

    May 24, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    they say that pigs do group up when it is feeding time .( ROVE & LIMBAUGH). wonder who rings the slop kettle? maybe Dicky Cheney does.

    it is sad what these few people are doing to the republican party . life says we need to groups of people that can question each other in a debate. but when a small group of wanna bees get the medias attention and has nothing better to do but be negative about something a new president is finally doing right . not just for the USA but for the world.
    would like to see Rove have to take responsability for his part in the Bush administrations desruction of the United States of America

    the need of the few does not out way that of the many

    so greed will be what takes these few dinks down .
    it will show the world that , there conduct will not be allowed to continue. justic will prove them guilty of stealing from america and making our country unsafe and broke

    May 24, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Big Dog

    Let's take a look at the difficult decision Mr. Rove had to make:

    Limbaugh:
    entertainer
    drug addict
    thrice married
    never served his country.

    Powell:
    4 star general
    Leader of the Joint Chiefs
    Secretary of State.

    No wonder Bush was such a lame president having advisors making these difficult decisions.

    May 24, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. normajean

    Rush and Karl, now there's a pair..They are both so far out that they should scare anybody if they were to get a little power. I wouldn't trust either one as dogcatcher. They are both so wrapped up in who they are and to hell with the world around them.Rush has got to be the most egocentric ,malicious,arrogant,phony that ever splashed his fat face across the Tv screen..Really, who is he? Nobody!

    May 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. royman1

    And just what office is creepy Karl running for?

    May 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Sharon - NC

    He would. He's as (and even more) dangerous as Rush Limbaugh.

    May 24, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Osama Bin Laden

    Look at Carl Rove's record then you'll know why he sides with Limbaugh. It's time for him and the republicans to turn loose the ball. They're not on offense anymore. The score is 56 to 0 with 21 seconds left in the ball game. YOU'VE LOST DUMB BUTTS!!!

    May 24, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Rush is a gas bag

    Coming from a man whose nickname is "Turd Blossom" I am not surprised.

    May 24, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. fbythesea

    and that's relevant??

    May 24, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Jinny Lee

    Figures....two incompetents working together.

    May 24, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Georgia

    Who CARES what Carl Rove thinks. He has absolutely NO CREDIBILITY since he was the architect of the last 8 years of Disaster! The only network that gives him any credibility (Fox News) has absolutely NO CREDIBILITY as a news organization either. He was the architect that stole the first election – and also changed the voting landscape of the nation to be biased to favor Republican voters. He is culpable for making this LESS of a democracy!

    He is also the architect of the strategy of hitting the opponents strong points to make them a negative. Thus you have these cowards like Rove, Cheney, and Bush that have never served our country – attacking the true patriots and heroes of our country! And the lemmings believe them – just like they did with Hitler before WWII.

    Thank God the majority of Americans are above this fear mongering bunch of zealots!

    May 24, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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