[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.”
What else do you expect from a drug addict?
Wow, MaryW you're the problem with America. You actually agree with that big mouth no nothing? I feel sorry for you that you're so stupid. America needs to join together to fix our problems, not fight against just for fights sake. Wake up people.
How can I find this petition to sign it?
Unfortunately, Rush Limbaugh came from a disfunctional home. I grew up in the same neighborhood with him. Why are you blaming him. He does not need blames but rather he need HELP. Fortunately he can go to the celebraty rehab because he is kind of a celebraty.
Stop giving this jerk publicity – you're feeding right into his paws.
Rush must still be high on oxycontin
Rush Limbaugh is anti American!!!!!
Hey Rush, blah-blah-blah. Grow up. You're so whiney.
Rush sane.......now that's a big laugh!!!!!
Forgotten Patriots? With a comment like that, you deserve to be forgotten about.
*sigh* Do any of you actually know what free speech means? Let me know when the Democrats lock Rush up for what he says. Until then quit whining.
Is he on drugs again? Why is he not in jail?
It's about time that someone shut this fat, big mouthed bag of wind up for good! Thank You very much!
We need more commentators like Rush to keep the country from going bankrupt.
Where can American citizens sign this petition??? He needs booted to Iraq.. let him fight for his country instead of running his mouth!
Rush has the right to speak out. He is referring to the way the president is taking the country. Let him speak out!
market research has indicated that his audience is over 65, under educated and scared – in other words just like Rush.
sign me up!!!!!!! it's about time this pathetic windbag is gone! Freedom of speech should be given to those who have important things to say and reveal...not this idiot!!!!
Kinda funny how elected officials are going after a citizen exercising his first amendment rights. Dont they have anything better to do. I dont necessarily agree with Rush but I did hear what he was referring to. He wishes for Obama to fail in the sense of his far left policy initiatives. Is that really any different that any of the democratic pundits that have slammed Bush for eight years.....HYPOCRITES
Yeah, why do people even listen to him. Teh man is so negative and too bitter about Obama's election that he would say anything including wishing failure upon his American President' .........oh what a shame.
I hope Comrade Obama's socialist economic policies fail as well. Well done, Rush. Don't let free market principles go down without a fight. Take your petition and stick it, Dems!
Behold the rampant hypocrisy of the rabid Left. They claim to champion freedom of speech, but whenever someone says something they don't agree with, they seek to silence them with these Stalinist tactics.
And to make matters worse, the "mainstream" (sic) media does little more than act as cheerleaders for these anti-liberty thugs.
Not surprised in the least.
No-one, with a functioning brain in their skull, cares what Rush Limbaugh has to say!
Eh. I think the man is an idiot, but we do have freedom of speech in this country. Let the man talk and continue to stick his foot in his mouth. People will eventually stop listening.
Those who think Obama is socialist or marxist need to look up the definitions. Not even close, my friends.
People actually listen to this guy?