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. drc

    Can we also launch a Anti-Pelosi and Anti-Franks petition? I mean I'm no big fan of Limbaugh but as long as we are targeting disliked people let's go after both extremes.

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Griz

    Any attempt to quieten critics by limiting their avenue or ability to speak out will be viewed as an attempt to forcibly take over the government and will be met with GREAT OPPOSITION!!

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Franky

    what's your ideas?? what's your solution?? you wanna talk hyupocrite?? we'll talk...

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Carol Carter

    Limburger should sit down and show how intelligent he is by closing his mouth. Anything that comes out of IT, is ignorance.

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Ed

    Loser Conservative Republican...what do you expect? Bush and his conservative anti-governmental regulation friends allowed the current fiscal crisis to happen so, if you aren't part of the solution you are part of the problem, as the old adage goes....so, I am not surprised at what desperate Conservatives are saying...they are a dying breed.

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Juanita

    Wonder if Mr. Limbaugh would feel the same way when he loses his job do to the status of our ecomony. He seems to think he is immune to what is happening to his surroundings. He is a prime example of those like Maddoff and Thane, who think the world owes them everything. I find his views and opinions not worth the toilet paper I use.

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. felix

    At least he's honest. The Liberals were doing a lot more than hoping a President would fail the last 8 years!!! Rush has nothing to fear. The market and his advertisers, a concept Libs seem to not understand or just choose to ignor, will always keep him around. Even if the Libs are successful at trying to alter that tramp on that market, it will prevail in the end...

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Voice uv reesun

    Two words come to mind: Bigus Dickus.

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Amazen1

    Rush is a traiter. It's one thing to be opposed to someones policy but to hope it fails means you want America to fail. Can we revoke his citizenship?

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Mary

    divided we stand, divided we fall... This nation is falling fast! Rush Limbaugh and his followers can be thanked for that. It's time we stop acting as selfish, attention seeking, what's in it for me politicians and consider the needs of all the people who make up this great nation!! We need to work together, sharing ideas in a spirit of compromise where necessary. No one person has all the answers but together we can move mountains!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Meka

    With everything that America is confronted with, Limbaugh needs to be taken off the Air. It's this type of division and destruction - that the American People are tired of.

    Limbaugh and Palin, should take this behavior to Russia!

    January 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Ted

    So much time and ennergy spent on a nut-case. I wish people could stop responding to this nut case, you are giving him credibility

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Brad

    Years of Oxicotin and alcohol abuse has rotted Limbaugh's mind. Unfortunately, his arrogant, neo-fascist message continues to poison the minds of millions of ditto heads.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. David

    You do not need a petition, just let his sponsors know that you will no longer buy what they are selling. The free market at it's best. I rarely listem to Limbaugh, but I intend to listen to him just to know who the sponsors are so I can can contact them and let them know I intend to avoid them in the future

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Franky


    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Steve

    This was taken way out of context. Limbaugh was referring to Obama's policies – which he views as socialist. If you have a view that Obama's policies are socialist, and you don't want socialism – then you'd want that person to fail at implementing said policies.

    The demorats efforts to limit disenting view points should scare us all. What have we gotten ourselves into?

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Rache from Bowie

    That druggy is an un-patriotic, un-American dunce. Rush Limpbaugh, If you don't like the President...leave the US! You won't find anyone but your drug pusher asking you to stay.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Scott AZ

    From what I'm hearing on the radio, Rush is getting a high vote of approval for his comments. Sorry Dems...looks like freedom of speech is still highly praised in this nation.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Donna Hussung

    Perhaps RL network could send him to Russia and let him spew his crap on Putin and see what happens. Entertainer? Who is this hatred entertaining? the millions of people out of work?

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. John Lubeck

    Rush Limbaugh should be tried and convicted and imprisoned for crimes against American and Americans. Forget the petition.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Blue VA

    Rush needs a new line of business. I don't know who is more divisive, him or Palin.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. mary

    I heard the Rush interview (TV) and while I'm not one of his radio listeners or fans, he did not say he wanted Pres. Obama to fail personally, rather a number of his policies that are with odds with much of the population. I'm sure a lot of people would not want to see policies they don't agree with be implemented, but as for the president personally, we hope and pray he suceeds as a wise and effective leader.

    Statements must never be taken out of context nor quoted erroneously. I'm happy I heard the words from Mr. Limbaugh's own mouth or I might have thought otherwise.

    Once again, please don't let "politics" overshawdow the common good.

    Thank you

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Franky

    GOP...we know you, you are slic, keep talking...

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Tom

    Have these people nothing better to do for this Country than go after a radio personality. I thought liberals were all for free speech. I guess that is until that "free speech" is something contrary to what they beleive in. Then all bets are off. If this is a sign of things to come over the next 4 years, then I think we should all be concerned.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Phil

    How about we get a petition going to ban Limbaugh from the U.S. entirely? Now THAT would succeed! Where do I sign?

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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