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. Susan, Albany, NY

    This is stupidity.
    Let Limbaugh be ingored.
    If you give him attention, he will act more idiotic.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. mamosa

    Limbaugh's fear is to be ignored. Leave him alone. Maybe he will go away?

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. walter

    You are taking Rush's comments the wrong way! He wants Obamas socialist agenda to fail because Rush Limbaugh is for a capitalist free market driven by entrepreneurs!! You have to listen to Rush to get the FULL story!!

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. sally hayden

    I believe Rush said it was unpatriotic to complain about or question President Bush. Can't we just use his words against him?

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. mike

    Rush is an angry fat man, period. And that wing of the party is quickly becoming irrelevant. America voted for change in policies from Bush.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Florence, SC

    A hope for the president to fail is a hope for the country and Americans to fail. How serverely selfish can one man be.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Donnie

    If people would listen to the entire sound byte of what Rush said he never said for Obama to fail but said he hope Obama fails on certain policies, the media again is bais aginst someone not of there views.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Mark Strickler

    Keith Olbermann rightly refers to "comedian Rush Limbaugh" in his nightly news show. The guy is a joke and I seriously question the reasoning abilities of his listeners, other than those who listen to be humored by his pomposity.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Doug

    Why does nobody understand this? He wants Obama's policies to fail, and that makes perfect sense. Why would a Republican conservative want Democratic policies to be successful? Why would a Democratic liberal want Republican policies to be successful? If you are pro-life do you want pro-choice policies to be kept in place? If you are pro-choice do you want pro-life policies to be instituted? This is being made into a big media issue for no real good reason.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. john

    so dems launch a anit limbaugh petetion so there wasteing there time on taxpayers salary to do this instead of doing there job ? You dont see the repulicans launching anything against the Rachel Maddon show do you since she has bashed them on every show i have watched. Every one is entitled to there own opinion and if you dont like it dont read it!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. pete

    Limbaugh"s fat rear end has finally met its match, his mouth!!

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. A Workman

    Excuse me??? What happened to "Freedom of Speech"? He is allowed to express his opinion is he not? I'm not a fan of his, but I do know that the United States Government and it's representatives seem to have forgotten their stations and are acting like a bunch of brats! I heard a LOT of democrats saying much harsher things about President Bush over the last 8 years. Grow up people!

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    The best thing we can do is ignore him. He sucks up every little bit of publicity like a black hole sucking up stars.
    Just have some of Obama's people continue to refute every one of his distorted little lies. Education is the key to wiping out the ignorance he brings.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |


    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Jim

    As much as I think Limbaugh is a pompous idiot that has ideologies that prevent him from being bi-partisan in any shape or form, he has the right to speak his mind.

    January 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. AB Miller

    Hey Alan W, are you referring to your nicotine addicted prez....?

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. aleco-NOKOMIS,FL


    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Jake

    I want his policies to fail. Higher taxes, fewer freedoms, horrible healthcare service, larger gov, more wellfare loses. Do you want those policies to be a success? I hope not...

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Chop

    Limbaugh you frighten me. You, Reagan and the Bushs" made this mess we are in. It won't be a easy task to repair it, if anybody can.

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Ron Lambert

    Perhaps we should all get hooked on pain killers and speak out of our minds,,if not out of our heads,,,I hope you fail,,you miserable loudmouth nobody.

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. joy

    I think Limbaugh's sponsors should be boycotted. Let them feel it in the pocket. He need to stop spewing this crap. Now is the time for us all to stand with the government to bring our economy back.

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Chirs

    Guess what Anthony,
    The Liberals wanted Bush to fail and i did not hear you complain about it. Rush is a great American

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Hinden Burg

    Keith please learn how to spell.

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. D. Kisting

    Most of us know he's always been on the side of a "little nuts". The best solution is to simply ignore him.

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Wanda

    Can't some big CEO take this man's money - all of it preferably –
    and send him somewhere to never be heard from again -
    the big mouth just keeps surviving - HOW?

    January 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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