January 28th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Dems launch anti-Limbaugh petition

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(CNN) - In a bid to capitalize on Rush Limbaugh's recent comment that he hopes President Obama "fails," national Democrats launched a petition drive Wednesday taking direct aim at the conservative radio host.

"Jobs, health care, our place in the world - the stakes for our nation are high and every American needs President Obama to succeed," says the petition, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Stand strong against Rush Limbaugh's Attacks - sign our petition, telling Rush what you think of his attacks on President Obama."

Limbaugh told listeners last week he sharply disagrees with Republicans who have said they hope Obama succeeds as president, and particularly expressed frustration over what he viewed as the "absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care."

"If I wanted Obama to succeed, I'd be happy the Republicans have laid down," Limbaugh said. "I hope he fails."

The comment sparked outrage in Democratic circles, while defenders of the remark said it was made purely in the context of Obama's economic polices.

Still, the DCCC petition not only provides an outlet for Democratic anger at Limbaugh, but also serves as a vehicle to gain names and e-mail addresses, presumably for later use in fundraising and organizing efforts.

The petition follows reports Obama warned GOP congressional leaders last week that they should stop listening to the conservative talker, prompting Limbaugh’s response that the new president is "frightened of me."

“He’s obviously more frightened of me than he is [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell,” Limbaugh told listeners Monday. “He’s more frightened of me, then he is of say, [House Minority Leader] John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.”

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  1. Scott

    People – It is important to understand that Rush is doing in this situation what anyone might do who finds that their opinions, beliefs or philosophy are no longer relevant. He is grasping for straws through the absurdity of his message(s) – anything to "shock and awe" the public in hopes that the limelight will remain on him. In these cases, it is always best just to walk away from such childish behavior – ignore it and Limbaugh will go away sooner. Again – his message of inciting hate and divisiveness is no longer relevant.

    January 28, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Karen- Change is coming

    Democrats, don't give this man anymore air time. If we don't pay attention to him, then he's probably end up smoking crack or pushing drugs.. which I'm sorry to say either end up in jail.

    January 28, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Tesa P; Savannah, GA

    Where do i sign........ ohhhh can we kick him out of the Country............... 🙂

    January 28, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. southerncousin

    It would be nice if the dumbocrats knew what they were talking about. Rush did not say that. Just more of the same, only more intense from the thugocracy. They are just filled with hate, not real bright. They are stimulating his listnership and that's great. The 3% margin should disapear faster. Dem's think the election was a mandate for socialism, they won't realize until its to late what it really was or what the real make up of the country is. They are letting ACORN and the unions fool them.

    January 28, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Steel Curtain

    Now democrats are targeting Freedom of Speech.

    January 28, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Simmy

    I will joyously sign that petition. I see oblivion in the horizon for Limbaugh. Free speech is a right we as Americans are "privileged" to have. Just because he can say it doesn't mean it should be said.

    January 28, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Sarta

    It is not a bad idea for secret service to keep an eye on Limba.

    January 28, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Proud wife, mom and nurse Alexandria, La

    There is a special place for people like Rush Limbaugh and all his supporters in hell!!!

    January 28, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Anthony

    What ever happen to those federal drug charges? I mean if I sent my maid out to score some drugs I think I would still be in prison. Rush is pitfull and full of himself he cares only about his ratings and not about this country.

    January 28, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Steve

    It's just the drugs talking.

    January 28, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Paul, Riverside CA

    This is stupid. I can't stand Rush, but let the man exercise his Freedom of Speech rights. Stooping to his level to make a point makes the Dems look no better than the person they are after.

    Grow up people.

    January 28, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. zydeco d

    People who want our president to fail want America to Fail. Plain and Simple. Limbaugh is just another Fat drug addict commidian.

    January 28, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. lucy

    Limbaugh is such a swine.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Let the air out

    Stick a fork in him. He's done.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Debbie

    And I'm sure this egomanial hatemonger is just loving the publicity.

    The Dems need to take a page from the wingnut book – look at what they did to the Dixie Chicks way back when. Boycott the radio stations and their advertisers who carry this hypocritical windbag. Force him to Sirius or something that people can't afford to subscribe to anyway....

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. katiec

    We should just totally ignore Limbaugh. He is an unscrupulous headline grabber and enjoys all attention, regardless of negative response to his unAmerican remarks.
    Anyone who gives him any creditibility does not deserve attention,
    only pity. Including politicians as they will no longer be come next

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Balance

    Limbaugh is a washed-up hypocritical old man who is desperate to make "controversial" statements to get his name back in the news.

    His views and opinions genuinely don't matter. To anyone.

    Just ignore him, and he'll go away.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Dee

    A petition is a usually a request to change something – what exactly is the purpose of this petition? The only purpose appears to be to give liberals a chance to vent their anger and the DCCC a chance to gather contact info on hordes of mindless lemmings.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Roy

    Yes, Rush Limbaugh consistently shows the degree of his intellect.....his self-centeredness insipres awe, that he could think so much of himself that the President must be afraid of him....
    I generally regard any attacks Rush makes on anything as a reason to embrace those ideals.......all this talk show comedian does is attack things without offering any solutions of his own. You wonder why he never made it to a TV show??
    Rush, you are NOTHING to be afraid of.......unless someone actually elected you to something.....you are a tiny voice against a progressive wind.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Patricia

    Where do I sign this petition? This man is a nut case and needs to go away. To come right out and state that he hopes President Obama fails is like a terrorist attack on the American people.

    Sign me up!

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. george

    I think Senator Franken said it best in the title of his bestselling book, and anything else I could say would be overkill.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. JB

    This guy is a consistent idiot. All Rush is about is divisiveness and nothing more. It is ok to disagree. Disagreeing brings discussion, ideas and balance. But to hope that the President fails, means that th e country fails. I am surprised that he is even still relevant. After all isn't this the same guy with a prescription drug problem!

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Crush Rush

    Im doing my part by taking all the names of his sponsors,thats how you get rid of him.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. tom

    that anti-american rush limburger should be kicked out of america..he is a disease and should be exterminated.

    January 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. E C

    Idiots do and say what Idiots does, I hope he's keeping up with his drug treatments program.

    January 28, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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