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. Neil

    When did Limbaugh become relevant again? Someone please remind me. Also when does that has-been windbag have the time to host a radio show with all the time he spends being addicted to illegally-perscribed pain killers?

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Nlee

    Limbaugh is an idiot. One has to wonder who funds his salary because I can't image anyone really takes this guy seriously.

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Wishing for our president's failure, Limbaugh is either crazy or unpatriotic. He might as well wish for the down fall of the United States all together.

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Maria Baldwin

    It is clear now that Limbauch is now the worst patriot in this country and his influence on less educated people, that do not know he is a clown, endangers the country safety.

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Jason White

    The country has spoken. Rush Limbaugh has jumped the shark!

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Sarah from VT

    Why dont they just ignore him. He loves the attention

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Earl Godt

    The only way to put an end to the rantings of that obese drug addict is to boycot any and all sponsors of his radio show. A list of all sponsors of his show should be posted as soon as possible.

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Joe Common Sense

    ...by the way, I should state I am a registered Republican. But I'm not an extremeist, nor an obstructionist.

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. VAL

    If these people would take the time to hear the whole interview they would know what he was really saying instead they are picking out what they want to hear

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Fred

    For years Mr. Limbaugh and his likes have divided our country with their hate rhetoric...I would like to think of these hate mongers more as pyromaniancs...each day he pours gas on whatever will enflame the American public. "the slanderer kills a thousand times!".

    January 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |

    Please put my name on the petition
    Rush needs to RUSH FOR THE DOOR
    he is an abomination!

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Steve in Crete

    Obama would like Rush to fail as would all democracts. Democrats really want a return of the "Fairness Doctrine" to squelch any opposing views. Of course, the Fairness Doctrine would only be aimed at talk radio. If television and hollywood were included, 80% of all tv news would disappear. I would also love to see socialism fail as it already has everywhere it has been tried. Obama policies equal socialism, I'm with Rush, if Obama succeeds in legislating all his ideas, America will be sunk forever.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Hunter

    Obama isn't frightened of you dirtbag... no more then anyone should be frightened of some crazy person running amuck in the streets waving a gun...a radio microphone in your case.

    Most people understand you rant and rave just for the money you make from being the 'crazy right wing nut on the radio'. It's a job. Limbaugh has his crazy followers, but most sane people don't take him seriously as to his content. He's just dangerous when he stirs his followers to do violent actions.

    We have Free Speech in America... so he doesn't need to be shut up... but he should be called out for being the drug addicted hate filled lying nut job he is.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Robert Crockett

    Maybe we should do some of the things that Rush Limbaugh says. We can't afford to just keep printing money. After living in Argentina during their high inflation where the Argentine government printed a one million paso bill and the value of it was only $100US at the time it was printed. Then seeing the same bill go down in value to where it was only worth $ 10US I have very different view of money. You don't spend money you don't have. Some where some how the congress needs to control itself. I understand in this time of hardship each one has been given a $90,000 increse to run their offices. They could start their and then as a way to help they could give back their raises. Socialism is not the way out. Help people start factories and teach people to buy American. If we are as good as we seem to think why do we support China by buying every thing from there?

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. jim

    The voters of our country have made clear that they "want" and "expect" moderation in our nation's capitol. The extreme and devisive rhetoric of the past 8 years has not only paralyzed our government, it has been responsible for our inability to move forward in constructive ways.

    It is people like Rush on the far right, others on the far left, who should be failing. They are simply keeping the pot stirred, thereby making them rich and fulfilling their own attitude of self aggrandizement on puffed up egos. They are part of what is wrong in America.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Rachel Paulus

    This is crock. What happened to the freedom of speech? Limbaugh has every right to his opinions and has every right to express them. Of course President Obama needs everyone's support, as long as what is being done is within the best interests of our country and its people. What at first may appear to make things better may in fact make things worse. If President Obama is telling people to not listen to Limbaugh then I feel it is cause for concern. He shouldn't be using his influence in this manner. So what would President Obama do if a large group of people were saying the same things as Limbaugh? Would he boycott them too?

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. mike

    Hey Rush. Did it ever occur to you that you have listeners who have been laid off,are trying to hold on to their homes and still send their kids to college? By hoping our President fails means you hope the country fails. If the country fails, nobody will be able to afford to put your on the radio....you lose too.

    Ex listener for life.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Beth

    I'm proud to say I signed the anti Limbaugh petition.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. HereinDC

    Limbaugh is one of the richest men in America and he's telling the poorest of people in America who listen to him that he wants the President to fail. That really is just a sad. And to think people listen to that man everyday and think he is wise. Sad, just sad.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. MLeslie

    The Dems would have been better off ignoring Rush Limbaugh's comments. This type of competition is what he lives for. This will be fuel for his talk show and will keep his numbers/ratings up – which are all that really matters. If his ratings were in the toilet he wouldn't be on the air.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. James L. Mason

    I am not afraid of Rush Limbaugh. He is irrelevant to where this country is going and is not a patriot and serves the useless purpose of propoganda and self-promotion. He is only concerned about his $40,000,000 paycheck, misinformation and nothing else. Now let's stop talking about him and covering him in the news and giving him any additional media coverage for his show from now on.

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Michael Newman

    How do we sign this petition? Rush Limbaugh has done more harm to this country than Osama Ben Laden could have ever wished for. Lambaugh has gone a long way to destroying American's love of our country! Shame, Shame, Shame

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Greg

    Isn't this censorship?

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Eric

    Is this a continuation of the Bush policy that it's "unamerican" to speak against the president?

    January 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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