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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.”
The petition is only adding a couple more minutes to his allotted 15.
Haven't you learned that it is best to ignore bratty children?
It's strange to read a story about a petition, without a link to it–where might we find this petition online...?
Not a very smart man.
Limbaugh consistently shows himself to be a boob. Those who think he's right are also boobs
He is an idiot!!!!
The scumbag hopes that America fails... Well, I hope he chokes on his OxyContin soon.
don't people realize that this moron is just an instigator? why even give him the satisfaction of a response to his idiocy? free speech comes with the good and the bad.
Just ignore him...he's a clown and doesn't deserve your attention.
On the other hand, perhaps a boycott of his sponsors would be useful.
have we elected Americas' version of the taliban ??
Socialism always fails, no need to hope or pray for that.
How can I sign up?
After the petition has millions of signatures it needs to be sent to all Rush Limbaugh's sponsers. Maybe they will get it. He certainly does not and never will!
Wouldn't it be better if we all just ignored him rather than recycling him throughout the 24-hour news cycle? I'm sure he's loving this.
maybe this jerk should be off the air. to wish any president failure is unamerican and about as dumb as it gets. he's a fat bigmouth
Limbaugh is a drug addict; don't take him seriously.
I just wish Americans were smart enough to ignore buffoons like him. Sadly, creating this petition just gives him more press he doesn't really deserve.
As a repulican, my life can't afford for President Obama to fail. Where do I sign up....
good, i will sign it
limbaugh is what is wrong with america
Here we go! Let's try to silence the opposition; someone might here the truth. It worked in Rwanda.
Can you send Rush to Guatanamo instead of closing it? That should do it.
This man & any who listen to him are complete idiots!!!
Not to mention unpatriotic (remember how this name was constantly thrown out during the campaign)??
I thought the demos liked the 1st amendment!
why does rush hate america.
get this clown off the air. anyone who takes him seriously has got a screw loose.
If one would think what Rush said was taken out of context, then you are a sad person. Rush has been as open as possible concerning his complete and utter disdain for Democrats and Obama. He said what he said! Stop making excuses for Rush. He's a grown man, he is very cable of handling himself and the rhetoric he spews out. The only thing he can't handle is scoring illegal prescriptions drugs. That's why he used his maid to run the streets to by drugs to support his habit. Rush meant exactly what he said.... He really hopes Obama and Democrats fail at helping AMERICANS regardless if they are white, black Asian or Hispanic. He hopes that "WE" "AMERICANS" fail.