[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/28/art.limbaugh.gi.jpg caption="Democrats are launching a petition against Limbaugh over his recent comments."]
(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.”
Where do I sign?
Rush is out of touch with the commoner, he has signed a $400 million contract for 8 years while the real working men and women lose their jobs and health care.
I wouldn't give Rush Limbaugh the 30 seconds it takes to sign a petition.
Looks like some people on this board think only Rush is allowed freedom of speech.
Hi RUSH!! Love your show!! The DNCC has nothing better to do but pick on hard working Americans!
Boycott all products that Rush Limbaugh uses on his show! I sure will!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who has the cabbage? I have some cabbage. Who would listen to a recovering opiate addict?
Rush isn't worth the time and energy of a petition! He's a fat old idiot, much like some younger Republican idiots in the House and the Senate. the country is taking care of Rush and his likes in the Congress by simply moving away from the extreme right, it's just that they're to dumb to realize it, yet. One quarter of those left in Congress will be gone in 2010, so just ignore them for now, they'll be gone soon enough, wondering what happened.
RUSH IS A PATHETIC SOUL, DOING ANYTHING TO GET
ATTENTION. I CAN'T BELIEVE CONSERVATIVES WOULD
SUPPORT SUCH A N UNINFORMED, ANGRY MAN.....ABB
Where can I sign the petition?
Hey let him rant and rave he's a moron and can't help it.
AND RUSH IS A PATRIOTIC AMERICAN? RUSH, DON'T FLATTER YOURSELF. YOU ARE A PATHETIC, MIDDLE AGED MAN WITH AN INFLATED EGO FOR SURE. FOR ANYONE, NO MATTER WHAT ONE'S POLITICAL VIEWS, TO WISH ILL ON THE PRESIDENT IS REALLY SAD AND CHILDISH. WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO GET A NEW SANDBOX TO PLAY IN AFTER YOU TATTLE TO MAMA!
Hey Liberals! Its called Freedom of Speech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. You guys are the most idiotic morons who want to silence Rush.
They need to get him off the air people in this day and time really don't need to hear mess like that, and for him to say he hopes President Obama fell that tell you how he really fill about this country he lives in. I didn't vote for Bush the 1st or the 2nd time but I would never ever wish he would fell because if he fell then we all fell as a country STUPID. His Anti America Hate Fill Comments should never be allowed on the Air.
20 Million listeners... most popular radio guy in history...
Now the dems just gave him another 5 million listeners...
Score one for Rush... great financial move on his part...
Everyone on this site has two ears and one mouth – so you should listen twice as much as you speak. Had you listened to the entire quote which i gurantee none of you have, you'd understand that Obama's polices are leading toward socialism (defined as government take over of the private sector for those who failed out of high school). So to that end, he doesn't want to end up socializing many of the these services and thus wants these socialist ideals to fail. Try doing your research first.
Susan and Keith - your typical IGNORANT REPIG talking points. How absolutely pathetic you are.
President Obama, a great majority of REAL Americans are supporting. We understand COUNTRY FIRST, NOT PARTY FIRST.
RUSH, STILL POPPIN THEM PILLS?
Why is the media covering him? He is in incredible idiot and always has been!
I agree that Rush not be paid attention to. He is a non relevant, pill popping jerk that nobody listens to. The same goes for most of the people in the previous administration.
Whoever said that this guy is irrelevant hit the nail on the head. He maybe senile!
Love those Democrats. They seem to have such a problem with free speech.
Why even dignify his comments by responding in any manner?
Where is the link to sign the petition?
Rush LImb-bark is the one who's going to fail. When he fails he's going to fall HARD.