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. Tony in Phoenix

    As much as I am against Rush Limbaugh and everything he says and stands for, he is exercising his right to freedom of speech. He will be judged in the court of public opinion. If there are enough people who exercise their right to freedom of speech and speak out against him, he might find himself with few if any companies willing to sponsor his radio show.

    Then again having Rush Limbaugh on the air spewing his venom may be the best thing for the Democratic party. Following the election it all felt so anti-climatic. Ho do you keep that spirit going? Keep talking Rush. You are providing us with the impetus to keep that momentum rolling.

    January 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Mark

    Gimme a f'ing break. This is nothing more than Liberal Leftist anti-freedom-of speech crap. Limbaugh was referring to the socialist economic policies of Obama and his fan club in Congress. It's also a reflection on the left-wing CNN agenda that they did not report the complete Limbaugh quote.

    January 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. SunnyD

    You fat egocentric insensitive porker. I hope you fail and croke on your patheric drug habit...

    January 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. James - Atlanta

    Rush Limbaugh is continues to cash in on the stupidity of people on conservative right. He has become very wealthy by exaturating the dfferences between liberals and conservatives. I'm amazed that people are still listening to him given the damages done to our country and the rest of world by radical conservatism. Rush Limbaugh is just another greedy capitalist. Americans need to wake up. The world has changed. Unfortunately Rush Limbaugh and ultra-conservatism have not.

    January 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. E Channon

    Ah got to love tolove it. Though this guy is one of the top ten wankers in America after all those religoius nuts you have to have evil balance out good and he and the others though hated are the evil axis in America while the regular people are the good, or at least that is whats hoped by people around the world.

    January 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. raptor258

    Do any of the liberal Dems actually listen to Rush? Do any of them listen to his reasons why he says things? Maybe they should go back to listening to Air America, if it is still on the air. Freedom of speech is what keeps the Dems from becoming what they wish, the American communist party.

    January 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Peter Ramsey

    I wish Rush Limbaugh was president. He knows who our friends and enemies are; he opposes abortion and "global climate change" hysteria and he doesn't want federal funds going to ACORN.
    Obama is an idiot, and he ain't black.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. thomas

    So much for free speech!! I have had about enough of the liberals controlling the speech of the people whom they do not agree. I didnt agree with Rev. Wright, Louis Farracan, or Don Imus, for that matter, but that doesn't mean that I have the right to stop them. As long as the speech does not threaten bodily harm, all is good. Not agreed with but must be accepted. ACLU where are you when the liberties of the indifferent are being violated?

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Dylan from MN

    He fuels what's wrong and backwards in this country.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Thank goodness folks like Limbaugh are in the minority...........too bad there are even those few, however, that put their party before the good of the American people! I, too, am Republican but this attitude is CRAZY.....no more Limbaugh for me!

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. JD in Moraga, CA

    Why give this drug-addicted philanderer any more attention? Just let him fade into oblivion where he belongs.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Rob

    Limbaugh makes his living the same way as Bin Laden, he fans the flames of hatred. This is his talent base, what would he be without it, or the millions who "buy into it"? I don't believe the "Dem's" should take the lead. Moving away from this kind of person is a job for all good people.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Joe Green

    Did Limbaugh have "work done?" He looks better than in previous years. Lost a little weight. He looks more seasoned. Respectable.

    Then he opens his mouth, and ruins it.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Carmen Brown

    'NATTERING NABOB OF NEGATIVITY'. (Remember ex-VP Spiro Agnew's phrase? ) More and more of his listeners are beginning to see him as the pathetic, mean-spirited, "nattering nabob of negativity" that he really is. Let's pray that God will give him the wisdom to understand that appealing to the worst in people is not a Christian virtue.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Richard Wolford

    Limbaugh is a fool. He's a cynic with a loud mouth; he's a reactionary, never has any plans or ideas, only criticizes others. A cynic will never succeed, only wallow in their own self-righteousness. I gladly voted for Obama, but had McCain won I would not be wanting him to fail. Grow up Rush, try to be part of the solution.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. E Keith

    In this day and age when we finally have the president we want I vote to ignore loosers like Limbaugh. Let's concentrate on helping our President and our country!

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Jesse D.

    While I do think the Democrats time is better spent doing other things, I do agree with them that Rush Limbaugh is a joke. I think he has the right to say whatever he wants to, but that doesn't make him less of a moron. People like Don Imus have been fired for less...

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Craig H Easton, PA

    He's not worth the ink.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Dee Garland, Tx

    Does he have any credibility at this point? If he does then my maid has some pills to sell him!!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Gunslinger

    Rush Limbaugh is a cancer to politics. All this self-absorbed oaf does is try to destroy any hope of relations between the two parties. I agree with what Alan W said. I think all of that oxy has made way too many divets in his feeble brain and now he wants nothing more than the President to fail. I don't want him to fail and I didn't vote for him. It's in the best interest of the country for him to succeed and I would say that about any president, even W. All Limbaugh wants to do is cast attention to himself, since he is obviously insecure, egotistical and disreputable. He is the cancer that leads to the hatemongering between the parties and the inability for our nation to come together as one. How dispicable he is. I hope HE fails.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. how about anti-AIPAC, anti-neocon petition?


    that would be anti-self petition....

    never mind!

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Brian K

    Honestly, the only reason I could see that Limbaugh would want to see President Obama fail is so he doesn't have to look at himself and see that maybee hehas been wrong all this time. If anything his comment only shows how scared he is that he and his party may have been doing things wrong for as long as they have.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Batch

    First, I'm an Obama supporter. Secondly, I’m ashamed of the media and some members of the Democratic Party trying to score points by paraphrasing other people comments. Rush isn’t a saint by no stretch of the imagination, but if you want judge a man hear the entire story. Rush stated first that he wanted Obama to succeed, if he incorporates morals that he believes in and restores America to it formal status, but if he follows the left liberal agenda he hopes that he fails. Media should report the news, not make. .

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. fmendes

    Let him speak his mind , if it was a left winger criticizing Bush its o.k.
    Get rid of the double standard , what happened to free speech ?
    Obama gets a walk from me and I didn't vote for him.
    Hope he is succesful , but doubtful.

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Kim, PA

    He is a loser!

    January 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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