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. Ken lewis

    It amazes me to look here and read so many people that are so willing to give up their freedom of speech. If they do it to Rush, then they can do it to anyone... Don't like Rush turn the station. But the hypocricy with the dems is disgusting! How many people not only wanted Bush to fail, but also wanted the Iraq war to fail! The war! Where are men and woman are! People here are just gross.

    January 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. mabel floyd

    where do i sign?
    dumbaugh is a leader of the malcontents.
    he is rapidly becoming a joke–even to thoes who used to listen to him

    January 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Jen in Syracuse

    IGNORE HIM!!! No more attention to Rush Limburger- it's exactly what he wants!!!

    January 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. kuzi

    no matter how much you disagree with it, he has a right to say it. Its a first amendment right.

    January 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Change

    Rush = LOSER

    Rush's regular listeners = LOSERS

    January 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. walleye

    Rush claims he is a true American. HA. With comments like that he and Hannity should be used as boat anchors.

    January 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Joe Fattal

    Its free speech for you. What's the problem?

    January 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Josh

    Does anyone see the irony in him HOPING it fails?

    January 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Matt

    The entire democrat party attacking a private citizen for his opposing views.


    January 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    It is called free speech!

    January 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Dottie

    I agree, let's not give him the spot light. What he is really saying is that he want AMERICA to fail.

    January 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Jonathan

    His comments about Obama are no different than what Dems have been doing to Bush for the last 8 years!!

    January 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Ken

    Limbaugh loves it. It's more free publicity. It's all about the ratings, for him, it doesn't have much to do with the future of America . . .

    January 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. D Whit

    Rush who ?

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Smiley

    Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans! Maybe if Americans read the Constitution and understood what it is, and says, we would not be having the problems we have. Socialism and Communism are spirit killers, Country Killers and Society Killers. There are Liberals in both parties. They love their power. They use tax dollars to buy the simple minded persons vote. The educated person will look to themselves for the necessities of life and not to government. Why do Liberals think taking money from someone who worked hard to get ahead and giving it to people who did not pay attention in school is a good thing? Economically this hurts everybody. You can not raise the poor to prosperity by taxing the working people, or the corporations. We have been taxing the so-called rich for over 55 years and nothing changes. There have always been poor and always will be (most of them do not want to work). When the CEO of GM or Ford is poor and working then we will all be poor. Better the opportunity to become rich than have no opportunity at all. Liberals please re-educate yourselves. Republicans, quit trying to be Liberals.

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. tzt

    limbaugh is irrelevant and is acting like the 2nd grade bully on the preschool playground. the world has shifted be he, limbaugh is having a hard time shifting out of his old, tired, negative way of making money. his style is past expiration.

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Jill

    I would rather my president have ties to Rev. Wright than the entire Bin Laden family ( Bush) its a fact!

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Exbricklayer

    Mush definitely has the right to free speech and we have the right to turn off the radio so we don’t have to hear him. But here in Champaign, Illinois a group of like minded individuals, fed up with that drug addict wind bag are organizing a boycott of the companies that advertise on the local radio station during his show. In these tough economic times the power of the consumer rules. I invite you all to do the same, advertisers cant afford to lose customers and America cant afford to have this traitor spewing his hate of this nation any more.

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Linda Sorrows

    Rush's comments was totally talking about Obama's economic policies, it wasn't about him personally. The one thing that I hope that President Obama does for this nation is to cut the captial gains taxes by 1/2 to 3/4, corp. taxes, real estate, etc... if he does we will have big business move into our country and other businesses already here will start thriving. If that happens and untold of amount of jobs will open up; and the people will prosper by default. We won't lose our houses, we will be able to afford daycare, to put food on the table. If President Obama does this for us, instead of something he wants for himself, he will indeed be a great President.

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Clayton

    Pretty sad we have a petition to have someones freedom of speech away. If you dont like what he says dont listen. An who here does have some sort of drug problem?

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Nat

    Unpatriotic loud mouth Limbaugh

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Blogging is the legacy I leave behind!

    The new slogan of the Republican party: Fear and Balanced!

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Amy

    I think the President and rest of the government are worried he might actually be telling the truth sometimes and that scares the hell out of them. When I am told by my government who to listen to and not listen to I think we have a problem. Are we now living in Iran or China? These counties have everything sensored and the people of those countries only get half of what is really going on in their news. And look how well they are doing. Are we going to be brain washed too? Wake up people. I am sure he is not right all the time about what he reports but sometimes he has been when nobody else reported it like CNN for instance. He is not afraid of the government , but they obviously are of him.

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Patrick

    I will start by saying I hate both the Democrat and Republican parties equally because they both are corrupt and only cater to the powerful. The recent bailout comes to mind.

    However, every Democrat out there pleading for national unity on this board is likely a total hypocrite. Where was the national unity when Republicans were in charge? If you can honestly say that you as a Democrat ever supported GW Bush, you can cast the first stone at me.

    Praying for peace and unity,

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Beverly McCormick

    If we were using the tactics of the previous administration, Rush Limbaugh would come under close scrutiny via the patriots act and ultimately be forced off the air. As our new president has suggested we need to think "out of the box" in order to censor this man. It should be fast and powerful.
    I am a resident of Phoenix, Arizona where many people believe the words of this dreadful person. There must be a firm reply to his brain washed followers who for 8 years voted for a person against their own best interest. Any suggestions?????

    January 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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