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. george wheeldon

    PURE IDIOT!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Paul

    Rush is no American. Just becaue you wrap yourself in a flag and say you're an Amercian doesn't make you one. He doesn't have to agree with Obama and his policies but to say he hopes Obama fails is Unamerican.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Dotty

    Hand me the pen. Even the stodgy conservatives who have always wanted things to stay as THEY are should get on this board. Why has anyone EVER listened to that pill-poppin' single-minded idiot anyway?

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Frances

    Free country- with on/off buttons. End of story.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. joseph

    where do i sign up to sign the on line petition?

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. joe fdsa

    You dems a all in favor of FREE SPEECH...but only the kind you agree with. Everything else is blaphamous. What hypocracy.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. HouseDiva

    Limbaugh should be tried for treason, and inciting treason with his brain dead listeners.

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. lola Planner, Houston, Texas

    Limbaugh is unamerican and unpatriotic. This is not just simply antidemocrat/liberal, his comments are antiAmerican!

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. fleige

    people like limbaugh&coulter are a disgrace to the human race

    January 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Obama 2.0

    Who cares what he thinks. He has a right to say whatever he wants. Focusing on him and wasting time on him only plays into more of the same party crap. Call it a petition if you want but it is nothing more than a fight in sheeps clothing. What Obama really wants from the American people is to sweep your own side of the street, like the pilot that landed the US Air jet on the water. The President said put away childish games.

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

    don't tell me your problems. tell me your solutions, we wouldv't coted for mccain if we wanted that...

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Olga Gardiner

    Rush Limbaugh is a disgrace to the American People. He should be ashame of himself for those comments. He is full of hatred.
    Maybe he takes to much drugs..........he can't remember what he says.
    He should not be on air.....banned for life.

    Olga Gardiner

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. RBD

    Limbo is not a real American, he just plays one on the radio. He is a sore loser that throws a temper tantrum like a three-year-old. So pathetic.

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

    I think it is ashame of Limbaugh to say He hopes the president would fail.
    As an American if the president fail , we all fail, even Limbaugh.

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. ed

    Why don't the Dems hold a vote to denounce the Fat Boy just like the Repugs did for Betrayus. Then we could see who can out-symbolism who.

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Larry of Plano

    Limbaugh does not have anything to offer this discourse. Ignore him.

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. G

    Guys don't do this you're only giving more attention to that idiot Rush. There are more people who hate him than love him so stop giving him this attention he doesn't even deserve a single thought in our head. Don't make President Obama have to deal with this its nice and am sure you will get many signatures but it won't take him off the air or do anything productive.

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Scott Hughes in Atlanta

    It would be better if we just looked up whoever advertises on his show and stop patronizing their businesses. Or STOP listening to stations that carry him. Once his Arbitron book starts to fall, they'll dump him. If you want to stop Rush, hit him where it hurts. They can't pay him $30 million a year if he has no advertisers.

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Lia

    Send it to me, I will sign it. Limbaugh is a great big bag of hot air. I wonder if he is still on drugs.

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Dave

    Rush is right!!!!!!!!! I want him to fail also relative to abortion, gay marriage, stimulus(welfare) plan, guns etc. Anything that is NOT conservative should fail.

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Franky

    Good argument or whatyever it was and by the way, we wrote every thing down...

    good timing, good timing...

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. donna

    if OBAMA is warning the GOP congressional leaders not to listen to Rush, what the heck is this world coming to? i will listen to whomever i want to listen to, and make my own decisions on what i choose to beleive in...OBAMA warning me? what is this ray bradburry and the burning of the books? I did not vote for OBAMA, but whomever i became our president i would support...but this is insane...why would he tell us who we can listen to and who we cant? no one is stopping the democrats from getting their own talk show host, and voicing their opinions...its just no one wants to listen to the opinions that come out of their mouths....what happened to the first ammendment here? FREEDOM OF SPEECH...bush didnt run around trying to police all the ingrates that were bashing him? I think this idolization is going to come to a screaching hault and when someone doesnt have money in their pocket to support themselves, they wont care who is in the seat of presidency....russell crow had it right on jay leno way back when...instead of giving the monies to the banks and govt people to pad their pockets, give a million dollars to everyone and then we would spend it in the economy buying the goods of the us and stimulate the economy that way!

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. joseph

    where do i go to sign the petition?

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. James

    Hes a nut case like Palin!
    Why are they still around!

    January 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Dave

    People, just ignore Rush. He is a washed up windbag and about as relevant today as Sarah Palin. An atni-Rush petition just feeds his oversized ego and gives him something to rant about to his dittohead listeners.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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