[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 more outrageous the remarks made by this fatuous windbag, the more free publicity he gets. He must be giggling up a storm over all the hoopla he's caused with yet another stupid remark.
Limbaugh is irrelevant. Ignore him. He won't go away, but at least we won't be giving him free publicity. Let him sink into obscurity, where he belongs.
I think Rush Limbaugh is just disgusting and no one should listen to him. It just shows you that racisim is still around.
One can't help but marvel at the striking similarity between the Hindenburg and Rush Limbaugh.
That is so typical of liberal Dems to play the victim, Rush was referring to Hussains poorly thought out economic policys, I hope Hussains policys fail as well ,so I can tell all of you blind sheep that I was right. "You can't buy your way out of debt with your own money".
I'm sorry but I do not want to live in or under a socialistic government. Keep Gov out of private business , banks , mortage lending, and most of all health care. Get Hussain out of office .
Take it to the market place and stop listening to the boy,
I know it's difficult, I am a dvout liberal and I listen to his rant almost daily. It's a sickness I can't explain but it is time to take a deep breath and just tune the little boy out,
Kefdog,,,, The real plumber
Rush Limbaugh is an idiot! I don't why any sensible person would wanna listen to him...doesn't make sense to me he's complaining about president Obama's economic policies, when his president got us trillion in debt, he didn't wish for former pres. Bush to fail with the foolish policies he prescribed for our nation, but yet he wants our current pres. to fail.
He's a dumb guy! I think majority of Americans are smarter than he is!
He's a pig. Why do you pay him any attention?
Stinking Fat Racist Pig are the best words I can use to describe this idiot.
Rush Limbaugh is the new McCarthy, or Goebbels for that matter. I think most Americans and politicians are past the point of taking him lightly, seeing him as simply a bombastic radio host. He is the worst type of propagandist. He is a liar and a sower of discord. McCarthy & Goebbels thoroughly damaged their countries. What's alarming is that so many people bought into their garbage, and buy into Limbaugh's. He is a dangerous man. But for you Conservatives who take some pride in that, i.e., that his is a danger to Liberals, you better think twice. As did McCarthy & Goebbels, Rush will take his followers down too. In many ways, he already has. It's his brand of Conservatism that has reigned these last eight years.
I'll sign this petition in a second. This man is an extreme menace to the security of the United States. His speech is seditious as well as slanderous at times. I'm not one to endorse physical harm to someone , but in Limbaughs case a punch to face would be very satisfying.
They shouldn't give that drug addict idiot this much attention.
I'll sign that petition, so long as it asks for Rush to have his tongue to be sliced in half. That way he will have the tongue like the snake that he is. I'd hope that Rush would fail, but he already has as a human being, drug addict, and as a spokesperson for the republican party.
Rush, you are in fact the posterboy for "What is Wrong with America".
The only thing that will stop your poison from being spewed out on the airwaves is for more open minded individuals to come out on the air and be a direct opposite of your crap.
Rush and the Republicans are a bunch of evil people as simple as that.
Here we have a smart, handsome,good looking,clean guy who ran for president of the USA and won hands down, now he is trying to take the country in the right direction and here comes this PILL POPPING SLIME BALL who has nothing to offer other than TOXIC CRAP wishing our new President BARACK OBAMA failure, what a joke. People like:- HANNITY,GLEN BECK,MITCH MCCONNELL,JOHN BOEHNER and the other Republicans too many to mention. Obama is NOT afraid of anyone, he wants to stop the very same crap that you are putting out there.
Geez ego much Limbaugh! Ohh Obama is shaking in his boots over your stupidity.
Is there somewhere I can sign the Rush is a fat pill-popping pig petition as well?
Rush Limbaugh is a crazed junkie. Anyone who listens to him is an idiot just as he is. He spews hatred everytime he parts his lips. He should be banned from the radio.
"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."
Well, you flaming idiot .... perhaps if these entities would have been run properly and equitably enough in the FIRST PLACE so as not to have each of them in the shambles they are currently in ....then YES ..maybe we would reconsider government's role in all of this. My question to you is...if Conservatives are the answer to all of our ills, why then are all of our ills at the stage of CODE BLUE?? Where were your "watchful eyes" over the past 20 years (especially the past EIGHT)?? I, like millions of others, are fed up with the empty whining rhetoric coming from the Right. My motto is "PUT UP ... OR SHUT UP". If all you can do is condemn and criticize, without offering ONE sensible, practical solution – then the motto applies to you. Now go back and sit down!
Are they somehow forgetting our right to free speech. I guess that is only if it doesn't offend you?!!!!!!!!!!!
Democrats need to look in the mirror before judging others. They may find it isn't pretty.
Anyone who signed a $400 million contract – like Limbaugh just did – has no business whining about how the government handles an economic crisis. He's obviously more afraid of fading into obscurity than he is of anything the Obama administration might do. What a sad, pathetic, angry man.
Rush Limbaugh is a comedian, pure and simple. The only power that he has is the power that is granted to him by his attention grabbing statements, most of which are meant to garner more attention.
Ignore Rush Limbaugh and spend not one moment talking about his self serving comments.
Isn't this the type of stuff Limbaugh feeds off of? Playing the victim and a target of the left? Seems to me the best way to deal with him if your a Dem is to ignore him or act like you're above it. Acknowledging his comments and attacking him for it is playing into his hand. Silly.
A BIG FAT IDIOT
The only thing anybody has to be "frightened" of Rush Limbaugh over is that so many people continue to listen to him, especially after he's been nailed for the same drug offenses he would crucify others for.
That tells me there are plenty of people who think double standards are just fine, as long as they're not the ones being judged.
That he would hope for our newly elected president to fail, especially during such a horrendous economic time (brought on by his own republican president) shows that he truly is 100% without ethics of any type. He's a very sore loser.