[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.”
The problem is not Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, the media or any of the others that preach hate and prejudice but the people who turn on "hate radio" and buy books based on hate. To me these acts are nothing more than casting a vote for what has become the dark side of American culture.
Hey MaryW, since when has racist been spelled P-A-T-R-I-O-T?
MaryW @ 12:52 p.m.,
I feel sorry for you if you think someone like Rush Limbaugh who is a complete and utter moron speaks for you.
JUST GO AFTER LIMBAUGHS ADVERTISERS. FORGET LIMBAUGH.
why american like him still contaminated our air wave ???????.
Rush and Sarah... so glad I don't admit being a Republican in public! No wonder I voted Democratic this time around.
Don't give the jerk the attention he wants.
Really, why do folks take him seriously? Rush Limbaugh gets too much attention if you ask me. His rantings are a joke and he’s not relevant.
Rush just cares more for America than he does for Mr. Obama. That does not deserve condemnation.
Rush Limbaugh is now and always has been a boil on the "butt" of society. His comments deserve NO recognition whatsoever!
i do hope that the republicans party destroy themselves before they been destroyed.
For those that say this is against free speech. WRONG. Far from it. Nothing says they are asking for him to be taken off the air. Rush has the right to say what he wants. The Dems have the same right.
Now if the Dems use their power and force him from the air you would be correct.
Somebody saying anything remotely like that about Bush and Co. would have wound up on a 'no-fly' list at best and probably tortured in a secret prison somewhere...
Rush says he wants Obama to fell, that's cause he knows he will do better than Bush ever did. Hey Rush, how about admitting how much Bush FAILED!!!!!
Go RUSH!! We love you!! There is so much that needs to be done and the DNCC is picking on you. I guess the DNCC is not smarter than a 5th grader.
I agree with Amber, simply ignore him.
to the right wingers IT IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH to openly disagree and petioning is American as red blood. YOU lost quit whining
This is why republicans are stupid people. Rush the fat idiot and Dumb Sarah Palin. This says it all and the sheep that listen to them.
This guy is nothing but a perscription drug junkie that belongs in
rehab !!!And anyone who listens to him and believes half of what he says is an idiot !!
What an idiotic waste of time and effort. Rush said he hopes the President fails in getting his socialist agenda through. I agree. What are the libs afraid of?
Typical Rush. He's still trying to make headlines by making dumber-than-usual quotes. Go away Rush. Go to Alaska and live in Sarah Palin's fantasy world.
Thank goodness we have people like Rush speaking the truth. I heard a friend use a great term in explaining what Obama's economic recovery plan is called....."Obamunism"
Rush Limbaugh is a fat toad. I urge to put salt on him and
watch him burst. Insane, totally insame.
Marry W you dont mean Patriots... you mean sheep!
Sorry, that should be "wanted Obama to Fail"