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. riz

    maybe if we just ignore him he'll go away..

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Lisa in Ohio

    I signed the petition–in FAVOR of Limbaugh. I heard the FULL CONTEXT of his remarks, not just the short blurb the media and the democrats are reporting.

    I do NOT want Obama's socialist policies to succeed. I am afraid of what our country will become under Obama's leadership. I am Pro-American and Pro-Capitalism. Government needs to cut my taxes and get out of my way so that I can succeed. Their so-called "help" only makes things worse!

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Marc

    Now you can cry dembots, someone started to do with your president the same you did with president Bush.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Derek

    The end of free speech is near.Wake up people! prisonplanet.tv

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. KLK

    Dems shouldn't even validate this idiot. It would be better to just ignore him keeping him out of the news cycle.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Kim

    I hope Limbaugh fails. Or at least falls off the face of the planet.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Nick

    I hate Rush. But this petition is just stupid. He'll love it. People like him, they love attention, and this petition does just that, give him much more attention than he deserves. He loves that he's getting under your skin so much that you feel you have to do this.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Nannie Bourroughs

    Why ANYONE would want to give this drug addicted gas-bag any more press than he already has is totally beyond me... this is an incredibly stupid idea!

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Patrick Taffe

    Honestly, simply disagreeing with Obama's plans is fine,but totally attacking them and hoping that he fails?Thats simply crude,mean,and... dare i say it ... unpatriotic.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Stephen

    I thought we lived in a country where people were allowed to freely voice their opinion and disagree with whatever they choose. A petition is one thing, but if there is an attempt to silence dissenting voices through legislation (Fairness Doctrine) we're getting into some scary territory.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Lindsay in SLC

    Maybe I'm losing my mind, but isn't there a little thing called "Freedom of Speech" in this country? Personally, I can't stand Limbaugh, but he's entitled to say and think whatever he wants – even if it's not popular with some of us.

    Starting this petition is just fuel for his fire. Honestly, it seems a bit juvenille. What is this petition really going to do – other than give him more drive to spew his hate-filled rants out into the airwaves?

    Come on, dems. Don't play his game.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Carol Anderson

    Rush is everything that is wrong with politics today.

    He increases the rhetoric because he makes big bucks from the ensuing battle.

    He has a drug problem, but before he was exposed he wanted all
    druggies locked up for life.

    I would be happy to see his mouth locked up for the rest of his life.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. demoshe

    Rush Limbaugh, Russia and Usama bin laden both want the US economy to fail..

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

    This is just pointless . . . he has the freedom of speech no matter how stupid his words might be. If you don’t like watching his show or hearing his ideas then don’t watch . . . I don’t watch it and it doesn’t bother me what he says. Come on people grow up and quit whining when someone doesn’t agree with you. The Democrats who are sponsoring this petition are only making themselves look like a fool. We have real problems and issues and they want to worry about what some talk show host said? No wonder I voted independent this year instead of Democratic like I usually do . . . the Democratic Party has become worse than the Republican Party and it's sad and pathetic. People like Pelosi don't want change . . . they want to keep playing the usual political games.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. nathan

    THANK GOD for freedom of speak – but I can see the liberals will soon try to take that away also.... just remember YOU voted for socialism.....

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Jan

    Democrat fools. The more you dem idiots talk about Rush, the more people will want to listen to him. Including me.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. kdbphd

    As much as I disagree with rush, we dont have time to make him a focal point of anything. As big and I mean big as he is he is not one of the problems we should be spending our time on.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. C,CA

    There might be some Republicans out there who AREN'T crazy......... but when they have Limbaugh, Coulter, Palin, Hannity, Joe the Plumber, etc. as their representatives – it's hard to take the Republican party seriously.

    A petition won't reign these idiots in, the Republican party has to realize that these clowns are making them look (even more) like fools. The party has to silence these idiots.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Toby Thomas

    Rush Limbaugh is a bumbling idiot who's laughing all the way to the bank. He probably doesn't even believe the things that come out of his own mouth, but he gets ratings from the ignoramus' that listen to his hate-filled rhetoric.

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Give me a break!

    Where can I sign??? That idiot needs to move to Alaska where he can get all the drugs he wants from Palin's future son-in-law's mother!! He's digusting!

    January 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. No way Rush

    Good he needs to be stopped. Where do I sign? He dosen't have to worry about the economy, he makes millions putting out that garbage.
    He and his listerners should just leave this country, We as a country need to sucseed, after all we are the United States of America, Not the democrats or republicans. If McCain would of won we would need to be behind him too, like I said we need to pull together and get out of this, together. Putting out garbage on the radio, is not helping. Lets stop this man.

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

    Cool...now they're bustin out the Bee Gees! Time to get the mood back where the ladies want it...

    But first, I wanna hear more than a woman, that's my song...

    don't worry guys, we'll bust out some old school songs for you guys. we'll dedicate to the old people in your spot...I mean, the mature people,. sorry, LOL!!

    January 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Jim Carter

    This is politics. There are an awful lot of stations on the AM dial. If you don't like him, turn to a different station. This is free speech. He isn't advocating incerection he is only saying was many liberal commentators said for the last eight years. They were totally gleeful whenever a Bush move didn't work. So what's the difference? jc

    January 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. jeremy

    just ignore the fat slob, pill popper. he's nothing but a radio host.

    January 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Sam

    The Democrats should not give Rush Limbaugh any attention. It plays right into him. Leave that scum alone and just do your jobs for the country and the President.

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