December 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh calls Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Limbaugh called Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke.'"](CNN) - Rush Limbaugh seems to have given Hillary Clinton his stamp of approval for the second time this year.

The conservative talk show host — who urged supporters during the primary season to back Clinton in an effort to prolong the bitter Democratic presidential nomination fight — told ABC’s Barbara Walters that Clinton’s selection as Secretary of State was "a brilliant stroke" by President-elect Obama.

He said the move was a political master stroke, effectively ruling out a primary challenge in four years. "You know the old phrase, 'You keep your friends close and your enemies closer?' How can she run for president in 2012?” he asks. “She'd have to run against the incumbent and be critical of him - the one who made her Secretary of State."

Obama himself seemed to give a nod Monday to the pair’s policy disagreements during the 2008 primary season. "I assembled this team because I'm a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions,” he said at the event where he named Clinton as the leader of his new national security team. “I think that's how the best decisions are made.”

soundoff (735 Responses)
  1. Yes to Obama

    Who cares what this ultracnservative believes n Obama picks.....

    December 1, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Frank

    Who cares what he thinks. I only want to hear when he loses his voice, permanently.

    December 1, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Franky

    No offense to Mr Limbaugh but I'll rather listen to Gov Palin than ANY other conservative out there. At least Gov Palin actually might take time but she does. And she's trying to ante up the party! Plus, Conservatives have more problems than they ever realize and here comes Gov Palin who made it all better just by being the way, does it look like I'm happy? LOL!! She made it more difficult or let alone complex for the party and now they don't even know where to start. I hate to say but their stupid and idiots!! Warned them til this day and I don't mind picking on them because the timing is just, I'll rather do the GOP bogus than the Cubs that';s for sure, LOL!! You know that's personal, LOL!!

    December 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. alex

    I can't believe people actually believe what this idiot says. It's really sad that he has so many followers. He gets paid 30 million a year to spew his nonsense. Hillary and Baracks political philosophies are very similar. It only makes sense that she should be part of his cabinet.

    December 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. BC in NC

    Rush Mr. Rush to the White House. He needs a good dog bite.

    December 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. patriot of USA

    Obama appears to be bringing Americans together, as evidenced by the bi-partisan approval of his actions so far. He may even be affecting those on the extreme right and left. Fostering national unity is the most important task for the next president...

    December 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Dustin

    For those who think that the incumbent is the automatic nominee, that's not correct.
    Generally, there is no strong primary challenge to an incumbent, but it is possible to challenge the incumbent in a primary. It's not the smartest political move, since a strong primary fight with an incumbent would divide a party. It would only be done if the incumbent's first term were disastrous. Besides, hedging his bets is not something Obama has really done. He wouldn't be worried four years from now. He's more confident than that. He doesn't want "yes" people around him. That accomplishes nothing with regards to advising him. Especially in the area of foreign policy, where he is insightful and intuitive, but inexperienced, he needs dissenting views around him for the purposes of education. You don't learn anything if all your advisors agree with you. As for the poeple saying we shouldn't "hate" Rush Limbaugh, he is the ultimate spewer of hate. His whole purpose is to entertain an audience so that he can stuff his wallet with money, and unfortunately, his method of entertainment is to divide the country by attacking anyone who can clearly see that Bush and his cronies are power hungry goons.
    Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, and all the other right wing pundits are show hosts don't do what they do because they believe in it. They do it to make money. Plain and simple. "Don't give in to hate. That leads to the dark side."

    December 1, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Mike

    She's just 4th in line to the presidency. There's nothing she wouldn't do. Those ahead of her better watch their backs.

    December 2, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And now that Rush is "coming clean" on everything, when can we expect an explanation on the oxycontin shenanigans and the trips with "the boys" to the Dominican Republic?!

    And, in a further personal to "italianmomma":

    Do you kiss your children with that mouth?!

    December 2, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Persoanl to Robsatease:

    And the non-partisan organizations that rate pundits on TV, radio and in print list Limbaugh last when it comes to the percent of the time he is trutful and factually accurate – 14%!!! That's down from 17% the last time he was audited two years ago!

    December 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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