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. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Rush Limbaugh is the biggest joke on the planet and we are giving him exactly what he wants.........publicity for his arrogant way of thinking. I hope all this publicity bites him in the -!

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Peg

    Typical of the Dems and the new presidency to want to "control" free speech. Rush is hurting no one. People can turn their radio off if they don't agree. I think he is right and and the more people like Hannity, O'reailly and Limbaugh we have...the better off we will be.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. pkim

    Rush is a joke, I used to listen to him alot then his view became more of attack on Dem, no matter what. Multiple party is good for democratic process that it gets view from both side and keep in check and balances. but Rush, he doesn't want compromise he wants Dems heads. In a way like those hardline Arabs (Hezbolla?) I think overall all that drugs made him to aggresive and clouded his mind.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. NewYorkDem

    Rush feeds off attention. He is an Achminejad type headline grabber

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Ralph- - Missouri

    Why were citizens who voiced opinions against Bush called unpatriotic, and Limbaugh, the gasbag, and his followers, can call it free speech. Wouldn't it be free speech when talking against Bush? I guess the republicans feel they are the only ones entitled to this right.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. someone

    Do Dems have nothing more important to do? This is so childish.
    Of course Rush wants misguided policies to fail. Just like libs want
    conservative ideas to fail. Conservatives have opinions too or is "free thinking" just for libs. Seems to be. Another double standard. The only thing this will accomplish is Rush having more material.
    Conservatives are not followers; we like to think and one doesn't have to think too hard on this one.
    PS I don't even listen to Rush.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Abby

    Sending a signed petition to Rush Limbaugh is not going to change his position. As a matter of fact, Rush will never change. He is extremely wealthy and arrogant with a large fan base. As long as he has a large fan base and advertising sponsors, he will continue with his hateful rants. I believe the hate mongers like Rush should not receive media attention. This type of action will only feed the ego and hate mongering rants of Rush.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. george

    they are all truly a bunch low trash characters regarding RUSH,HANNITY and O,RIELY thank god their leader was sent home to texas. they sound like a bunch of dogs barking in the dark without there leader.this is coming from a republican from REAGAN era.GEORGE

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Doug

    "The same twenty some odd percentage that thought Bush was doing a good job"

    You people really don't understand conservative beliefs, nor do you even know what they are. Many of us who listen to Rush absolutely despise what Bush did from a Government spending perspective. Many of us who listen to Rush don't agree whole-heartedly with 100 percent of what he says either.

    We just have a fundamental difference in our beliefs about the role of Government. Most liberals believe that the Government needs to play a large role in the lives of it's citizens. Most conservatives don't believe this. We believe government is supposed to have a role, but not such a large one.

    We strongly believe that, when a peson's life gets turned upside-down from personal or financial tragedy, a person is their own best hope to fix the problems. We think Government should help, but a person should look to themself first.

    Is that such a bad thing? I admit that Rush's words are brash. He is in show business after all.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Bill

    This guy is addicted to drugs, who cares what he thinks. I can't believe people listen to him.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    What a bitter guy. and he gets more pathetic as he gets older.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Melissa

    Rush Limbaugh is a fool, but he has every right to speak his mind. That's the beauty of the First Amendment.

    DNC, use your energy to worry about something else - like maybe our failing economy.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Cousin Bruce

    By continuously talking about Rush Limbaugh all that we do is make this irrelevant trash-talker and his ditto heads relevant. Hey Rush - just say good bye and exit (stage left?).

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Griz

    Mark, I'm sure glad you think Rush knows nothing. With your single digit IQ I am really glad that you don't agree with him

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    I only have one question. WHERE DO I SIGN?

    I am so sick and tired of the lunatic rantings of Rush LIMBOOB!

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. To the mod

    How many pro-Rush statements are you "not approving?" Hmmmm... Freedom of thought scares the crap out of you doesn't it?

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Elza

    Rush is the only one out there that is not willing to be Obama's lapdog.

    January 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. pakuna

    I may disagree with some things Rush says HOWEVER I will be dammed if obama and his crack heads will tell me who I can listen to and who not to listen to. Never gonna happen.

    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Thomas

    This is the same man that told Democrates they were "Un-American" if they didn't support George Bush. So is he saying Republicans are now Un-American?

    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Michele

    I signed the petition!!! Let's make Rush fail....this guy is an idiot. If President Obama fails America will fail......how can anyone listen to this pill popping idiot!!!!

    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. jon

    personally, i think the guy just needs a couple vicodin.

    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. John in Memphis

    In all fairness, his "I hope obama Fails" statement was taken out of context. That being said, where do I sign?

    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Andy C


    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Sarah

    It's sophomoric to do this. Ignore him.

    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Jay

    Who is Rush Limbaugh?

    January 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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