March 5th, 2009
03:16 PM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh: A deliberate distraction or de facto leader?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Radio host Rush Limbaugh has been vocal about his displeasure with President Obama's policies."]
(CNN) - As Democrats cast conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh as the de facto leader of the GOP, Republicans are decrying what they see as an orchestrated scheme designed to divert attention from the Democrats' spending proposals.

Democrats fired out two political e-mails about Limbaugh on Thursday morning, calling him the face of the GOP, and Republicans sent out one of their own, demanding that the White House "come clean" about and apologize for a "political attack game."

An e-mail sent on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee states: "Rush Limbaugh is the leading voice of the Republican Party. Make no mistake. When Rush says jump, congressional Republicans say how high?"

The committee says that while President Obama has reached out a hand to Republicans, the GOP has "preferred to kowtow to extremists like Limbaugh rather than accept the good faith outreach of our president."

The letter asks readers to sign the committee's petition - which will be sent to Senate Republicans - "demanding that they reject the disgraceful words of Rush Limbaugh and start working with President Obama on real solutions for the American people."

Also on Thursday, the Democratic National Committee announced in an e-mail its plans to buy billboard space in West Palm Beach, Florida, criticizing Limbaugh for opposing Obama's policies.

The DNC sent an e-mail to supporters Thursday soliciting a "slogan in ten words or less" that will appear on the billboard in Limbaugh's hometown. "If Republican leaders aren't willing to tell Rush, then we will," DNC Executive Director Jen O'Malley Dillon wrote in the e-mail.

On the Republican side, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas sent an e-mail to supporters of the National Republican Senatorial Committee asking them to sign a petition demanding that the White House apologize for not focusing on "the hard work that needs to be done to get America's economy back on track."

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  1. John

    Republican Boss Limbaugh is running the show for the right wing and all of their 15% or so of America loves him.

    What a sorry situation that an American citizen hopes we will fail in the economic recovery solely because Rush is a right wing ideologue.

    March 5, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Big J

    Didn't Rush consult the ACLU over his doctor shopping scheme? Wasn't he on food stamps when he was down & out? Didn't he dodge the draft? Didn't he advocate dope fiends to be locked up? Wasn't he in his 30's before he ever voted? I've never heard Rush truly articulate what he likes about America. That is besides his paycheck.

    March 5, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Benjamin

    I listened to Rush back in the 80's until it became obvious he simply was catering to those who shared white supremist views. He wasn't very political , just couldn't adjust to our ever-changing society. On the radio talk show host must garner ratings or they have no job. Rush has found his niche by sounding the drum of conseratives who can ill afford to say publicly what Rush preaches and get elected. I truly believe that Rush doesn't particulary relish this role and that's why he stays medicated on anti-depressant and other psychotropic drugs. I'm sure he would rather just talk about the world events, instead of promoting the desperate agenda of the Republican party.
    Having said that. It's time for the democrats to stop worrying about him and ignore this unaurthorized fat pig with no position in government or the private sector. Remember he is a talk show host, not a Harvard Law School graduate. RNC chairman Steele should do the same, ignore Rush and his few minutes of fame will be forgotten to all.

    March 5, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. bob from canada

    come on people.........let the douche bag vent all he wants.....this puts him front and center of the repugs leadership and it demonstrates the dillusionnal ways of the repugs.........fight for the rich......screw the little guy mentality.........let him have his 90 seconds.......don't you guys get it......the dems planned it this's to demonstrate to the rest of the the Us that repugs actually listen and take this guy even have the head of the repugs groveling at this douche bags feet..........come on people i live in canada and can't wait foe the Us to wake up and stop listening to right wing RELIGIOUS nutts.........come on america.......this is's time for you guys to take back what was once a beatifull and boutyfull country.....please if you don't do it for yourself do it for your children..........

    March 5, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Kent

    Limbaugh cares about one thing: ratings. All this free publicity fits right in with his agenda of personal greed.

    March 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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