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. John F.

    If Rush Limbaugh is so confident in his "conservative" principles, he should not need to hope for Obama to fail but should rather be certain that he will. I would say he is hoping for Barack Obama to fail because he truly fears that he will succeed, or at least fail less than George W. Bush has. How quickly he has forgotten when it was considered unpatriotic to disagree with, much less root against, the president.

    January 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. jerry

    This is America we all have the right to our opinion. Or are we losing that also? Not all are happy with the new Pres.

    January 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Bob

    Lefties can't compete in the arena of ideas – hence the collapse of Air America. So they take potshots at Rush all the time. It is a tribute to his greatness.

    January 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Los

    The GOP is leaderless. Although there are many clamoring for this position within the GOP, Rush is actually outside the political arena, and as such has no real power. By aiming criticism at him, Dems don't risk alienating people like Boehner and McConnell, who actually do have power and whose decisions and opinions can actually influence the course of legislation.

    January 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Dave

    He is a barking DOG. Just leave him alone!

    January 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. vivian greene

    Rush wouldn't have a job if is wasen't for Bill Clinton, now Obama is his next pay check–lets kick him off the air now""" We are tired of his big mouth

    Its time for us to enjoy a few years , we had eight that was tourment .Now we are paying the price for those.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. David

    This is just what he wants. By doing a national campaign against him is like putting money in his pockets. He's a loser ESPN took care of him in quick fashion.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Jon

    You see the Democrats can bash President Bush and all the Republicans and that's just fine. Now let someone say something negative against President Obama, and you're going to get more of what the Obama faithful did during the campaign. A non-ending barrage to squash one's freedoms if they don't coincide with their leader. So this is how the Democrats protect one's freedom of speech? Ah, but the truth there for everyone to see, "the petition serves as a vehicle to gain names and e-mail addresses, presumably for later use in fundraising and organizing efforts". That's what it's all about folks!

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. American45

    Rush is only pointing out that "His Highness, Obama" is trying to ruin this country by making us all dependent on the government to take care of us – he wants to make us all little followers – have you ever seen a bunch of turkeys walk in a field – they march along stupidly – that is how he, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of them want us. They would love to take Rush, Hannity, Beck and the rest of the conservatives off the air and put on their liberal idiots like Keith Olberman. Last I knew, there is still freedom of speech, so Rush stays! And, just remember that a government big enough to give you anything you want is also big enough to take everything away (there is a quote from Gerald R. Ford, but I don't know it verbatim).

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Mike P

    Rusbo is nothing more than a money grubbing capitolist PIG!
    I have tried to email him but in order to do so you must spend 35.00 a month and subscribe to his self gloating newsletter! He speaks in half truths on most subjects and never takes time to listen to any opposing views. He berates and mocks those who disagree with Him. Isn't that really leaning towards FASCISM. He openly pats our Nations Soldiers on the back, Yet he himself would not Serve our UNITED STATES of AMERICA. He is not even willing to acknowledge that our stature in the world is totally related to our economic disaster!

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. TomH (In)

    I'm shocked, I thought the Dem's and the Lib's have wanted the US to fail for sometime now. The Dem congress needs to work on the real problems we face, not one person's opinion. Oh, Rush's opinion on Mcnabb was right on, he's a good guy but over-rated.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. jorge

    He needs a refill for his pills! Double the dose!!!!! I don't understand why people even pay attention to this moron!! My condolences to his wife and girlfriend!!!

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. h. fugate

    We need to send this fool to Russa. But that is not what we are all about. So I guess we neet to pray for poor man.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    The best way to deal with a clown such as Rush Limbaugh is to ignore him. By initiating a petition, the Democrats are doing exactly what he is looking for: attention. And attention engages him, draws listeners to his program, which his radio station owner loves, who rewards him with an obscenely undeserved amount of money, which could be used to feed many needy children, pay for health insurance, etc. Give it up Dems.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. bronxite10

    Red meat Limbaughites argue freedom of speech and of course Limbaugh has such freedom.

    Hamas argues democratic choice, and of course they came to power democratically (except for coup in 2007 by which they grabbed power from Fatah in Gaza)

    Nazis came to power democratically, (except for a coup after they came to power abolishing democracy – See Hamas).

    We guaranty freedoms, but that doesn't make any use of them automatically praiseworthy. When someone's speech is a jerky, egotistical, self-centered, and nasty (See Limbaugh), decent people have an obligation to tell him, and the people who find personal meaning from bang the pot bad boy behavior, that their views are ruinous to the common good.

    I want Obama's economic policies to succeed. I wanted Bush's economic policies to do the same, and I'm unhappy that they didn't, especially when I look at my 401K statement and wonder if I'll ever be able to retire. This isn't a game. This real life, and Obama's success is our success.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. MARTY


    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. America wants President Obama to SUCCEED

    I will gladly sign the petition against Limbaugh – an evil-hearted loud mouth idiot !!!

    Pres. Obama is blessed and NO weapon formed against him by his foes will prevail !

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Matt D

    Wow – how about a blatant attack on free speech. I don't agree with what he said at all – but he does have every right to voice his opinion.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Paul

    Iam a voter registered republican and strongly believe that Limbaugh is an anti-american, unpatriotic, hate monger and needs to be fired and taken off the radio waves and off TV. I will personally contact sponsors of his show and let them know:


    Lets get this guy off the air. Its time this country is united not be dived by unpatriotic americans.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. From ChiTown

    Wishing for failure is wishing that America doesn't stand tall or wishing that Americans will not have a better future.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Guy Kasweka from Toronto

    Waste of time, this guy is abnormal. He was looking for attention. Please let's ignore him, that's the only punishment I can think of

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. LM75

    Please let me know who sponsors Rush's program. I will not buy their product.

    January 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Anti-Ignorance Task Force

    He was probably high on crack when he made those comments.

    January 28, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. landon kelsey

    petition? to do what?

    how about a boycott? that would shut him up!

    Where do I sign the petition?

    January 28, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |


    January 28, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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