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. Franky

    im not looking for numbers, want answers...i got that

    January 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. David Newport, OR

    Rush serves a valuable purpose. He helps to solidfy the ignorant into what is known as the GOP base. As long as Americans see the GOP for what they are, how could the Democrats ever lose? It is when the boundarys become blurred that the GOP regains power. Thanks Rush...keep up the good work.

    January 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    ...and there goes free speech.

    January 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Tomm888

    Don't RUSH to judgement. This is just his ploy to increase his ratings share. The best we can all do is stop listening to this egomaniac druggie who does whatever he can to increase his ratings. To get President Obama to mention his name was a big celebration for him.

    So don't read what he has to say; don't listen to this blizzard of a brainiac rantings; turn the station off when you hear his voice.

    He doesn't care about our country-he cares about his wallet.

    January 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. heatherimTEXAS

    Rush is as dangerous as VP Cheney....he is inciting hatred and harm to our president. All USA president is entitled to the same respect regardless of their ideology and differences. Rush should be disciplined and america needs to stop allowing him to speak such hatred to our president. On the other hand the media needs to back off President Obama...you guys are giving him too much coverage and although he promise to be open the media is actually exposing him to too much after this country is trying to recover from the worst political election temper. We are American United....

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. rj

    the problem is, all the publicity is just what they're after and they're getting it. he's an imbecile to be sure but is nothing more than an entertainer. unfortunately, as you can tell if you even hear moments of his shows, his listeners are uneducated and hang on his every word. it's really easy to ignore dumbaugh but his listeners who take his word as gospel really are a problem.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Al Ragucci

    The Dems are playing into his hands. The more attention and controversy, the better he likes it and the more his ratings go up. He is an entertainer not a serious political commentator. Think about how little infuence he and other right wing talk show hosts have. They didn't want John McCain to win the GOP nomination and they certainly did not want Barack Obama to win the presidentail election. They are listening to their own echo and should be ignored.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Mike

    It obvious that the Democrats fear Limbaugh more than any other Republicans. The statement referenced in the article was definitely made in reference to the nationalization of the banking, financial, and auto industries. To his benefits, I really believe Obama is at least attempting to promote some change by meeting with Republicans over their differences. Apparently, "change" isn't working well for the liberal side of the Democratic party.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Griz

    Any attempt to limit free speech is anti-American!!

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Linda Wood

    The more attention the Democrats pay him, the more outrageous comments he'll make.

    The best tactic to use on Rush is to ignore him.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Limbaugh should be seen as a possible traitor because of his hope that the president fail. It is close to calling on the president is hurt. He, and his other conservative talking heads, have accused other good people of worse things for less. He seemingly hopes that the country continues to continue the downward trend. Why should he care about anyone else? He believes that everyone can work hard for themselves when that isn't really possible right now.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Kurt C.

    I guess Rush was right. The Democrats are scared of him. And it's because he is telling the truth.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Calis


    This is insane! I can't stand what the guys says, so I just don't listen to him nor do I value his opinion! If you want him to stop saying mean things about Liberal views, don't make a petition, just stop caring about what he says!

    Man, I wish people who think first, then act, rather than act first and wonder why it isn't working...

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Franky

    loan?? O.K, one word I haven't heard...

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Uncle Ellsworthy

    Pretty good advertising for Rush. Bet he has more listeners now than before he said it. Wonder if he will donate a few dollars to charity for each signature. Just wondering.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. El Hadj

    why giving LI MB this much attention. please do your work and forget about him because if Obama fails , it means He'll have to head to mexico or wherever else to get a deal for hate talking.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Pepou

    That creep is not only anti-patriotic he is a traitor to his country. People like him to incite violence and chaos should be jailed. That's what we do in Europe.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Chris Hartz

    It there is a such thing as a domestic terrorist, Limbaugh fits the bill. His lack of a formal education betrays his every remark. He remindes me of southern politicians right after the Civil War. I say, "back to the cornfields with him."

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. David

    You do not need a petition, just let his sponsors know that you will no longer buy what they are selling. The free market at it's best. I rarely listem to Limbaugh, but I intend to jlisten to him ust to know who the sponsors are so I can can contact them and let them know I intend to avoid them in the future

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. J. Vasquez

    actually the fact that some conservatives put any weight into the ramblings of a self absorbed and ill informed drug addled bumpkin like Limbaugh doesn't say much about the Republican party.

    January 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |

    he is too opinionated, and everybody else is wrong.

    January 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Ian

    Argh. I wish that more Dems would realize that this is EXACTLY what Rush wants! He aims to inflame and be controversial–he probably thinks this is hilarious. The best thing to do would be to IGNORE.

    January 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Heather in Canada

    Long overdue. It is sad that media owners would support such a destructive, negative and hateful individual especially in times when times are so tough for so many, when people need to pull together.

    January 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Chris

    please stop putting this guy on a pedestal. He's like cartman on Southpark – if you pester him and call him out he becomes worse. If you ignore he he wallows in his self pity and disappears.

    January 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Hotspur

    Limbaugh's comments are toxic; they always were. He had no value to our country. All those talk show folks will scream, " 1st Amendment rights!". To that I suggest that he and others of his ilk should be filed under the same terms as yelling FIRE! in a theatre.

    January 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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