[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.”
Rush Limbaugh is a pill-popping moron. Just ignore him and maybe he'll go away.
Rush is much prettier than Ann Coulter, though.
WHO LISTENS TO THIS IMPOTENT, HATEFUL, GRADE-LEVEL EDUCATION, PILL-POPPING, BIG MOUTH, MALCONTENT, RACIST, SORE LOSER, BAG OF GAS ANY MORE?
GOD BLESS RUSH LIMBAUGH
Becky, you did not take out Bush, he served his 8 years and I totally know that Obama will only serve 4 if not impeached before then 🙂
Rush is smarter than Obama, Obama has already failed.
Is Rush jealous because Pres. Obama has a brain?
MaryW and Rush are using the same drugs!!!
Rush is yesterday's news. He a drug addicted fool who dosen't have a braincell working. He can't hear either. He's a waste of space. He's not worth time or effort to respond to.
The democrats should be ashamed of themselves.
Thomas Jefferson would be rolling over in his grave.
Limbaugh is irrelevant in every way shape and form – we got that memo a long time ago... so let's stop discussing him already.
Please show in the article where this online petition can be found. I would love to sign it.
he is so dispicable its not worth talking about.no matter who is president we need to wish good luck to get the country out of this mess.he is just mad that his candidate did not win.
How can I sign the petition.
The liberals scream bloody murder now, yet when comments arose about Bush all of you jump on the bandwagon. Hypocrites.
Why are we giving this man any importance?!?!
I want to sign it, too! Where do we find it?
Gotta love the liberals, supporting freedom of the speech by attacking it.
I have a suggestion for all the liberals, ask your therapists for better coping skills.
Rush for President!
Rush is completely irrelevant. Those stupid enough to listen to his hate-filled drivel get what they deserve.
Paul- what planet are you living on? limbaugh+TRUTH??? You people amaze me!
petition? what are you going to petition? the right to free speech? anyone that signs that is an idiot. dont waste your time.
By even acknowledging him, you give him and what he says some relevance. Just ignore the guy...
Let's see I believe the Dixie Chicks did something like this that was very disrespectful towards our last president and they were taken off the air. hmmmmmmmm
The people who listen to and believe Mr. Limbaugh are the back -bone of our country, the salt of the earth, you know, MORONS!
Limbaugh has been promoting "Hate Crime" by stirring up anger towards
president Obama. That's is an act of terrorism!!! The FBI should stay on the alert!