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. Tom Swift, Shopton


    With the economy in the tank, 2 wars, healthcare crisis, dwindling energy sources, climate change, etc. etc. on the plate, the dems can't find anything else to do than argue with Rush Limbaugh???

    And in their spare time they are trying to bring charges against the prior admn., despite the fact that even Bush supporters would just like to forget the last 8 years and look to the future.

    But, the liberals just like to live up to their stereotype.

    Change? yeah, right. Good luck Barack, you're gonna need it with that bunch backing you.


    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Joshua College Station Texas

    I'll sign this petition. Limbaugh cares more about himself than anything else, and does have the best interests of Republicans, Democrats, or Americans in mind.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Tiffani (Atlanta)

    This is stupid folks.

    Rush gets paid for bringing in big audiences. You guys are just helping him keep his voice and his gravy train. If everyone would stop trying to do the "us" against "them" thing and work together to help this country we may get out of this mess.

    I am a registered Dem that voted for Obama but I voted for the best person in my eyes, not a Dem. I want to stop reading about hard working people losing their jobs and 93 year olds freezing to death because they can't pay heating bills.

    Let's help the hurting and ignore Rush Limbaugh and other hate mongerers. Please.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. trey

    They simply stoke his flames and ego with stuff like this, making him relevant on the national stage in a way that he really isn't outside a narrow ideological sect.

    Ignore him.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. P Kelley

    Limbaugh is a racist and should be taken off the air!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. steve

    why are the dems so affraid of rush? is it because he speaks the truth and they cannot handle that...what if the republicans petition barney frank or some of the other dems involved in fanny mae scandle do u think it would make the front page on cnn.com...highly doubtful...and apparently people didnt hear the remark in its full context he stated he wanted his policies to fail not obama as a person grow up

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    Get this racist clown off the radio. This is just another sign of the stupidity nonsense with have caused the American people to suffer the past 8 years.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. jb

    Why is the DNC giving this junkie any cred with all of this attention?

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Laverne

    Dems, let's drive this pig out of business!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. David

    I stopped listening to the jerk (Limbaugh) 10 years ago. If I hear his voice on TV as I surf the channels, I keep surfing. He says nothing valid I choose to listen to.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. John Kobel

    What people need to do is hit Rush where it really hurts......in his wallet. Mr. Limbaugh has recently signed an 8 year, $400 million contract paying him $38 million a year. Signing a petiition will only fuel his inflated egotistical manner. Let's try this. Sign a petition stating you will boycott the advertisers who sponsor his program. It will be tough for them to come up with $38 million in this economy especially with the consumers are turning their heads in disgust.
    Hey Rush, I believe in Freedom of Speech.....absolutely! But I also believe in the repercussions for what anyone says.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. ED

    Maybe there was more behind his comments on TV when he put down Donavan McNabb.
    Could Rush be racist ?

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. A.C.

    Rush is a JOKE!!!! The mere fact that he wants either the President or his pollicies to fail speaks volumes. It says Rush is not interested in the success of our country, which is in direct contrast to Rush's pro-American stance. RUSH, get a real job and stop criticizing everything that doesn't go with your platform. The things Rush and his type of listeners want have not work; again, HAVE NOT WORKED in the last 8 years. If you keep doing what you've been doing, you will get the same results. Time for a Change. Time for OBAMA!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. HouseDiva

    I'd also like to ad that I would GLADLY sign that petition.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Steve Cooper

    Rush is having a difficult time adjusting to irrelevancy. Anticipate that he'll get more outrageous before he completely implodes. He's so out of touch he actually believes that HE is representative of the core of the republican party.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Blake YOung

    I hope Rush relapses.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Waisting Time on garbage

    By running this story you are only helping Rush get more raitings, so that tells me that CNN loves Limbaugh....

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Ben Dover

    I must say that when it comes to Marketing the Dems really got it going on. I have not heard any real information coming from them but then a sales pitch is not ment to inform only to get you to buy.

    January 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Jean

    Where is the word socialism?

    Rush wants socialism to fail.

    Where is the word socialism?

    Journalism died in 2008.

    January 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Global Karma

    Rush is not a terrorist. (i.e., 911 perpetrators)
    Rush does not think BAD about Americans. (i.e., Rev Wright)
    Rush is not involved in any destructive act (i.e., Bill Aiyers)
    Rush does not preach haterd in any church.
    Rush does not thrive on Public money.

    Some morons are hardbound to wasting their time and energy on such things instead of thinking about solving problems for America.

    January 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Mohawkman

    When Oprah declined to interview Sarah Palin during the campaign, some conservative groups tried to launch a boycott. Maybe now is the time for Democrats to boycott the companies that advertise on Rush Limbaugh's show. Maybe that will encourage Rush to be a little less irresponsible with his propaganda.

    January 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Mona

    I don't know wh people listen to Rush Limbaugh he is such a hatter. Anyone that would want the president to fail , is very Un-American.

    January 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Sue

    Please, Rush is just trying to get back in the headlines. President Obama is now making more headlines than he is.

    January 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. 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 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Spencer

    I don't particularly care for Rush, as we don't always see eye to eye on some issues. This drive, however, is nothing short of ridiculous. The Democrats are using the bully pulpit to jump on a man they disagree with. The overwhelming hypocrisy is appalling, as Democrats have spent the last eight years, literally since Day One, complaining about Bush. Besides, remember that little thing called the Bill of Rights? What happened to "Freedom of Speech"?

    January 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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