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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soundoff (1,552 Responses)
  1. David Carlile

    Where can I sign, it is time to stand up together with both parties united to get our great country back on track! This is not the time for negitive press.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. RJN

    Rush, respond with the same answers our current politians would.
    " I made a common mistake, a little hiccup!!!"
    It has worked well for them so why not you.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. J

    Bad move dems, all publicity is good publicity for Limbaugh and his mindless group of listeners. Acknowledging his existence makes him that much more important. Better to just ignore the pathetic, draft-dodging, drug addicted tub of goo and let him slither away.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. George

    This is coming from a Republican to all you liberals who just don't get it.

    1. Rush Limbaugh is a moron.
    2. Drawing attention to the moron helps boost his ratings.
    3. IGNORE HIM!!! I do.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Babe

    I am still totally baffled how a buffoon like Rush Limbaugh has any following. And if his ego getst any larger, he might well implode!

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Amy Rivera

    I think it is awful that someone who has such a huge audience can say that he hopes our president "fails". Well I hope he fails and is kicked off the air and no longer allowed to spew his nonsence anymore!! But I don't think that his comments will make his audience larger, I think that it will make it smaller...:):)

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Mary - Independent

    How stupid and how childish. Democrats, Republicans and Limbaugh all need to get along. This type of confrontation is a waste of everybody's time!

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. tw

    Another sensational Limbaugh ploy to sell air time to reach his mindless following. No doubt remark was calculated.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Mike

    I hope Obama's socialist economic policies fail as well. Well done, Rush. Don't let free market principles go down without a fight. Take your petition and stick it, Dems!

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Ohio Woman

    Rush Limbaugh needs to give his money to a charity instead of feeding his out of control eating habit!

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

    The worse thing about this is that ANYONE listens to the un-American, un-Patriotic pig.

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

    Maybe Rush can afford for Obama to fail as he has made milions selling his hate. But as I just lost my job, I can't affort for Obama to fail. My family and I need this to be successful.

    Rush has totally lost all touch of reality and is a cold and heartless person if he wants our country to fail because he is bitter and angry.

    If Rush is the voice for the Republican party, they should have no problem seeing why they lost power.

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

    As many parents soon come to realize, the best way to stop bad behaivor in a child is to ignore it. Like a fire deprived of oxygen, bad behaivor deprived of attention will cease due to lack of necessary sustenance. It stands to reason therefore, that Rush Limbaugh, who more often than not, behaves like a petulant child, is best ignored. With luck, he will take his oxycotin prescription and just go away.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Soccer Nana

    Rush Limbaugh, the loser who flunked out of a none ranking college?

    Intelligent and educated citizens will not drink Limbaugh's kool aid.

    This is a delusional individual who is desparately trying "to be somebody". He is paid a lot of money to cause the controversies the elected GOP officials don't want to bring out themselves. Since it became obvious to certain GOP elected officials how much Rush wanted to be "somebody", they threw him a bone and he went for it. They figured, there are probably millions out there who is like Rush! LOL They were right. Rush Limbaugh is some people's favorite red drink! It's costing the GOP, but they need someone to start the controversy and "I know I'm better" Rush is willing to do anything to "belong".

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Lee Wifflestin

    Democrats are on their way toward stamping out all dissent!! Off to re-education camps for Limbaugh listeners!

    This is where we are sliding with the support of the leftist media.

    January 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Limbaugh is an enemy of the people.... Imus gets banned for saying the word "nappy" but this idiot can spew outright hate on a daily basis with no repercussions...

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Mr. Speaking

    I've never give Rush much orfan ear after the first time I heard his opinions comming from the Pie Hole god gave him. He is entitled to his opinion...buyer beware!!

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. daniel

    As much as I disagree with Rush, I do love anyone on either wing that stirs up emotions and causes debates. Its great!

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Marla in Dallas

    where can I sign?

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Allyn

    Limbaugh is a joke. The sad part is that their still some morons in this country that actually listen to him.

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Amanda Andreas

    I hope Obama fails also. GO RUSH!!!! Obama has so much on his agenda that I feel is bad for America. I am not in some kind of hypnotic state produced by the mainstream media. I mean come on, our nation is in such a deep financial recession and yet one of President Obama's first concerns is to spend our money so people across the world can have an abortion. I also can not beleive that we have made a tax cheat the head of the IRS and Treasury. I hope people stop paying thier taxes, because if it works for Geitner than why not everyone. Oh and he paid no penalties so I think everyone who owes taxes should not pay any penalties. Obama is going to become the WORST president we have ever had. And it is pretty tough to beat Jimmy Carter.

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. PJDELC

    Freedom of speech is at the very core of our great Democracy and we should never ever forget that. Having said that, it just seems to me that Rush is extremely insenstive to people of color and women. It's hard to believe that some of the things, some of the music beds he uses and flippant accents he uses don't come under fire the way you would think they would in 2009. Am I the only person who took offense to the music clip, "moving on up-to the east side" a few weeks ago with regards to the new President? I am not a prude and consider my self in the middle when it comes to Politics but when I listen to Rush I can't help but feel he is a hateful man who believes he has become more important than those he talks about. If he really does know better than why not seek public service work–why not seek out public office instead of earning a very nice living throwing rock after rock after rock. Nobody can be that bitter about life in America and those who have already answered the call. I prefer the kinder–gentler National talk show host. Give me a fair debate on the issues daily without the anger and name calling!

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Sherry

    This has got to stop, the man just got in the White House and this man is trying to cause him problems already. Where was he when Bush was ambushing the Country and taking away our freedoms. He wants to keep the hate going in this country when President Obama want to heal the country. I am going to pray to God for Rush Limbaugh. May God have mercy on soul and remove the hatred from his speech. The day after election a white man killed 3 innocent black people. I guess he was a Limbaugh listener.

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Andrew

    At an time when we have to stay strong and unify to come together, there's always someone's ego who has to be put in front of the community. Thanks, Rush.

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Peaches Wilson

    Rush Limbaugh is just a Crazy Racist who is seeking attention. No one wants our President to fail because in the long run everyone benefits if the country do well. YES WE CAN

    January 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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