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. Beyonce Knowles

    Beyonce supports RUSH! I love you RUSH!!

    January 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. brian

    Wow I guess this just shows the true color of the dems. Wanting to censor fredom of speech. Keep it up dems help show the people your true colors and how un american you really are.

    January 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. pray2008pray

    I truly dis like Limbaugh, but he has a right to dislike and hope whatever he will. That is the great thing about America. That is why we have a great guy as our President now.

    God Bless America, President Obama, and Rush Limbaugh.....

    January 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. dan

    Why are people so afraid of FREE SPEECH? Give me a break. People have forgotten the 1st Amendment with this petition.

    January 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Qwerty

    Limbaugh is un-American and if he is rooting for Obama to fail then he is rooting against us getting our economy back.

    I disagreed with George W. Bush but I didn't root for him to fail. I rooted for him to get it right.

    January 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Jackie

    This is getting tiresome, with people knowingly and purposely taking Limbaugh's words out of context. He said that if Obama's going to work to enact some of the very liberal campaign promises he made, then Limbaugh hopes he fails in that attempt. Nothing controversial there.

    January 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I can't wait until the next time some dyed in the wool Republican is trying to play the patriot card...thanks, Rush, for more idiocy!

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Oh please

    Aside from Keith Olbermann, who is busily judging each day's "Worst Person in the World" contest, who actually listens to Limbaugh's rants anymore? He's a moron with a big mouth and an even bigger ego. I'm already bored.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Ellen Rudolf

    What is all the fuss about Limbaugh. He hasfreedom of speech in this country, just as he had freedom to OD on Oxycontin. There is no need to waste precious time over the likes of Rush Limbaugh. Let's move on. We've got lives to live.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Deshawn

    @shawn was it also contempt when you libs wished Bush would fail over the past 8 years? Such a double standard! GO RUSH GO

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Bill Uhlig

    The ONLY thing that this common gutter junkie HAS TO HAVE (besides his drugs and young boys, that is) is ATTENTION. He's a forth rate clown. Comon' folks.... we don't need to pay any attention to this frothing fool. The more we do, the longer he'll carry on because he stays in the limelight and thus, lines his pockets. He's proven over and over that he'll say ANYTHING to keep the spotlight on him and the money flowing. Why give him any more attention. Enough already.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. d.winters


    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. DJ

    Nothing legitimizes a fringe radio talk show host like launching a nationally sponsored petition against him. Way to go, Dems. Don't you have anything better to do?

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Dan

    I'm not sure that such stupidity qualifies the waste of a comment. No one in their right mind would want the country and our President to fail. These remarks are unpatriotic and unAmerican. I personally wish the best for all of my fellow Americans and President Barack Obama. Our country will only heal economically with all of us working together. The time for division is over. America can and will get better.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Rex

    Rush is as anti-American as you can get. His bitter self absorbtion is tiring.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Monica

    Rush is great. Freedom of speach. Hey Dems, Have you ever heard of it.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Karl

    I'm a Dem and have low regards to Limburger. But this is nonsense and a waste of time. The Petition only fuel this idiots devisive stature and probably help him get a bigger contract. DON'T MAKE THIS PERSON BIGGER THAN HE IS! He, along with some others, is not worth the ink used to write the petition.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Raymond McConnel

    This JERK needfs to shut his pie hole once and for all. Who pays this idiot? BOYCOTT his sponsers

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. shikinouta

    All they are doing is dignifying his childish outbursts

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. mouser

    Rush Limbaugh makes me wish that stupidity were a federal offense.

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Oprahh Woodward

    Hi RUSH!! I love your show!! Keep us informed!!

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Raj

    This sad Mr Rush. You prefer personal greed over country success. If he fails, we all fail. Since u already have million dollar contract, so you don't care a dime. But, folks like us do worry. Grow up Mr Rush Grow up

    January 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. LaToya

    I agree with the petition, Rush should of been of the air spitting hate a long time ago.

    January 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Ann

    Rush is a jerk and anti-American. Why would anyone give him the time of day. Ignore him. The petition is just giving him more attention. IGNORE, IGNORE, IGNORE the idiot.

    January 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. inezsson

    Where is the petition. I want to sign it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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