March 1st, 2009
04:20 PM ET
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Emanuel says Limbaugh GOP leader, Cantor rejects 'fail' remark

 Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh energizes crowd of supporters in CPAC keynote speech.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh energizes crowd of supporters in CPAC keynote speech.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that Rush Limbaugh is the face of the GOP.

"He is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican party, and he has been up front about what he views, and hasn't stepped back from that, which is he hopes for failure," Emanuel said on CBS's Face the Nation.

"He said it, and I compliment him on his honesty," Emanuel said. "But that's their philosophy that's enunciated by Rush Limbaugh and I think that's the wrong philosophy for America."

Limbaugh was the headline speaker at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Watch: Rush Limbaugh's CPAC speech

"What is so strange about being honest and saying I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation?," he asked the raucous CPAC crowd during his 90 minute address on Saturday.

Speaking on ABC's This Week, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor said he disagreed with Limbaugh's comments.

"And I don't - I don't think anyone wants anything to fail right now. We have such challenges. What we need to do is we need to put forth solutions to the problems that real families are facing today."

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  1. fat cat watch

    Jesus said " it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." My God have mercy on his drug addicted angry soul.

    March 1, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Susie

    It's republicans JERKS like Ann-Rush-Hannity that are destroying the GOP party-it wasn't until Bush was in office that I saw how pathetic the GOP party is. They are a mean people, and you can see how they are losing their base.

    March 1, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. steven

    Rush has only just begun to incite the opposition base. It was a great show and I can't wait to see more. And yes, if Obama wants to continue on his current path, I pray that he fails to. Hoping he fails is more American than supporting his irrational UNAmerican acts. Keep up the good work Rush.

    March 1, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. steve

    Memo to Michael steele,
    Resign your position as the RNC chairman because Rush Limbaugh is the new leader of the party now. We don't care about you because we elected you on symbols only.
    We the true conservatives don't appreciate your denouncing El Rush Limbaugh on CNN.
    If you want to keep your symbolic post, apologize to our spiritual and political leader ( Rush ) now.

    March 1, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Lisa, Austin,Texas

    Do morons like Rush realize with every,angry, hysterical word crying socialism, they are actually pushing the country more to the the left than Obama ever could on his own? People are running from the right like it was afflicted with the plague.

    Loud mouths like Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, and Scarborough are the true leaders of the conservative movement at the moment. They are setting the agenda. And, the elected officials are following like lost sheep.

    There is no voice of reason. CPAC appears to be a convention of the criminally insane. Tucker Carlson, had it right, perhaps the only logical thinker to appear. They practically heckled him of the stage.

    Jeeze, these guys are scary.

    March 1, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Robert

    It's quite funny when Republicans leadears talks about socialism in regards to Obamas ideas specially when you have characters such us Limbaugh who sounds more like a nazi.

    March 1, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Minneapolis

    Having read the blogs from CNN for many months now, I must say that President Obama's decision to spend a great deal of money on education makes very good sense. As seen through these blogs, a great many who are in need of what amounts to basic education have been left by the wayside over the years. Having said that, it is no wonder that Limbaugh is so popular to a certain audience, most of whom don't really expect much more from him than to be told how to think, irregardless of merit or truth.

    March 1, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. He's Evil!!

    Rush Limbaugh is an idiot!! He seems attention starved. Rush, did they have to tie a pork chop around your neck to get the dog to play with you? Get some help, old evil one!!

    March 1, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. ceepee

    In this particular photo Rush looks like a regular at the Badda Bing waiting for Tony and Paulie Walnuts to show.

    March 1, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Larry L.

    The only thing less credible than Rush is the right-wing of the party he represents. After 8 years of corporate prostitution, the self named "fiscal conservatives" dedicate themselves to attacking Obama's attempt to perform a miricle of damage control. No matter how many years the Republicans control our government they will never, ever accept responsibility for their actions. Rush and his followers elected the Bush Administration. Enough said.

    March 1, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. G in BR

    To Go Away Obama, Mitchell from MS, Karen and a few select others:

    It appears that the biggest issue that you are having is that your senses were insulted in the last few months in a way that they were never insulted before. I honestly don't believe that you think the path that the President is taking is incorrect. What is incorrect to you (for whatever reason) is the "person" that is now leading the country on the path. I may be wrong but I am willing to bet that democrats are not the only people losing homes and jobs. At the same time the pied pipers of the republican leadership that are crying out “socialist” and “the stimulus is wrong for the country” are well able to take care of themselves and their families for many, many years to come (i.e. their wealthy). They are not losing everything they have because they have more than enough.

    So that being said, acting and talking ignorant will not make the problems go away. Wake up and smell the coffee. We are all in this country TOGETHER whether you like it or not. So if the President fails guess what, WE fail. You will not be able to separate yourselves from the downward spiral the President inherited no matter how many times you close your eyes and click your heals!!!

    March 1, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. sakpastica

    who the hell is Rush to want the person whom the American people has chosen to lead us for the next 4 years to fail, ladies and gentlemen this is not funny, as Mr Limbaugh has a good number of followers.

    March 1, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. kelly g arizona

    Rush says he wants socialism to fail, guess what, we have had long standing socialist programs that aren't going away any time soon. All you who only know that Rush says socialism is bad let me explain something to you. If you use fire or police services, you are a socialist. If you or your family went to or are going to public schools, you are a socialist. If you or a family member attended a state run university, you are a socialist. If you are protected by a public army, you are a socialst. Socialism does not just deal with welfare. If you want to dismantle all of socialism than we will have no police, fire,schools or military unless you can pay for them privately. I don't know about you but I can not afford my own private army even if I do not pay taxes. so get over yourselves and come up with a better buzz word.

    March 1, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |

    How about a Limbaugh/Coulter ticket in 2012? Just Kidding!! The GOP gets more pathetic daily.

    March 1, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. cocoatan247

    Rush Limpbaugh should be brought up on charges of treason for attempting to incite anarchy. What an ARROGANT loudmouth? What is he doing to help the crisis we're in? NOTHING! Just exercising his diarrhea of the mouth: it just keeps on spewing sh@t for someone else to clean up. No one of clear intelligence would take him, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal or any other GOP speaker seriously. If they cared what the rest of the country thought, they would have been saying something when Bush got us into this predicament. Now that Obama has a plan to get us out, they got so much to say. This party should just die out soon because the American people see that they do not stand for the American way: truth, justice for all

    March 2, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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