March 5th, 2009
03:16 PM ET
13 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. Matt

    He is a distraction from the fact that Barack is failing all on his own. Business leaders can't stand him, the stock market continues to tank on his plans. He is attempting to use Rush to distract and lay blame for his failed Change. Barack will be a one term president for sure.

    March 5, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. jeremy

    wonder how that oxycotin addiction is going?

    March 5, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Ignore him.

    March 5, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Wil, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    PLEASE!!! I would love it if someone would use a program like Photo shop and morph Rush's face with the face of a PIG and circulate it widely on the web so that the American people can see him for the PIG he really is. This PIG cares NOTHING for the average struggling working/poor American citizen. He caters to the other rich and deluded PIGS that are in fear of FINALLY having to pay their fair share in taxes which they were avoiding for years under Bushie and the RePIGlicons! Hopefully, the RePIGlicons will soon be going the way of the dinosaur just like the Whig Party did in the 1800's.

    March 5, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Linda

    I'm so glad someone is finally speaking up about that big bag of hot air known as "El Rushbo". Anyone who takes that lunatic seriously must have the IQ of lint. Although, I do have to admit that I get a good laugh every time I listen to him spouting off. When the ecomony began to tank, before the election, he was holding Jimmy Carter partly responsible. While Jimmy Carter wasn't my favorite president, he hasn't been in office for almost 30 years! Even the other conservative local talk show hosts are beginning to make fun of his absurd ravings.

    March 5, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Ken

    Limbaugh: what a bag of rightwing excrement.

    March 5, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Desmond

    De facto leader and should be committed

    March 5, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. mw from md

    The President of the United States should only concern himself with the immediate problems facing this country and NOT the raving rants of a pill-popping cable talk show host!

    March 5, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Vegas Barbie the Paralegal for Obama

    An "orchestrated scheme" by DEMOCRATS? Hello? It was Rush who opened his fat mouth first, long time ago! Dems responded, including the President when he just said "don't listen to Rush" (REALLY good advice, BTW) and now it's an "orchestrated scheme" that this hateful, good-for-nothing judgemental idiot was made that way by Dems? That is TOO much!

    March 5, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Les

    If the Republican party, with their collective silence, endorse Mr. Phlegmball as their idealogical leader they are bigger fools than I thought. Bush, Palin, now this? They didn't have a young, charismatic negro so they grab the Indian kid. I hate to be so cynical, but they themselves have driven me to this. Please, Mr. President, don't give this muckraking loudmouth the satisfaction of a response.

    March 5, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. David S.

    Boy do the Dems hate anyone who opposes them, even a private citizen. GOPers dont have thee guts to say what needs to be said so hats off to Rush. Obama loves to demonize him so much lets see if Obama has the guts to debate Rush like what was proposed. Obama will be too scared and will instead try to hush Rush with the Fairness Doctrine.

    March 5, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. america first

    the republican party and limbaugh should APOLOGIZE to OUR PRESIDENT, and to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    March 5, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |

    Okay, people! Why don't everyone over the age of 21 start acting like adults. The mud slinging has to stop. Democrats and Republicans remember who voted you in office and who pays your salary. We are one Nation, under GOD, indivisible... get it? INDIVISIBLE!!! GOD is still in control and when HE gets tired of all the nonsense, it's all over!

    Peace and love to you all...

    March 5, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    Oh, come on... let Limbaugh be the head of the Republican Party! *LOL* They deserve each other! Let Palin run with him for President and VP in 2012! Indeed, let it happen! What a hoot! 🙂

    March 5, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Carmine Abbattiello

    A better question would be: Demagogue or opportunist? He gets his kicks being the center of attention and causing hate and discontent. And you just know he's laughing all the way to the bank!

    March 5, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. susan

    Rush is an entertainer(and I use the term loosely). The more controversy he drums up the better for his pocketbook. He is an uneducated loudmouth and is just ugly ugly ugly inside. He is the one who has failed. Failed after two semesters in school, failed three marriages and failed at being a lawful citizen by commiting prescription drug fraud. And a word of advice Rush please cover up more of your fat at your next televised function because nobody needs to see that! The poor delusional guy must think he's sexy too!

    March 5, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. bob in LA

    Why play their game? Let Republicans do the name calling. Let the Republicans sling and slander with no real plan of their own.
    Democrats are Socialist now- I guess that makes me a Socialist as it did Jesus Christ and the Bible is the religious version of the book of Marx- we ( and the state) are take care of each other. No man's wealth should be at the expense of anothers. Treat others as you would be treated. Both Cristian and Socialist ideals.
    Just because they practiced socialism incorrectly in Russia, did not mean the essence was wrong.

    March 5, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. elsee

    I hope this blabbermouth stays front and center, because he represents everything that repulsed the majority of voters in the last presidential election: extreme polarization, negativity, and arrogance. If he is the mouth piece for the "conservatives," then I don't think this nation has a lot to worry about in 2012, because frankly, people are just not THAT stupid.

    March 5, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. simmy

    He's Puff The Mouth Almight Dragon, still blowing hot air. No threat here.

    March 5, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. spring forward

    limbaugh owes America an apology.

    March 5, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. lovable liberal

    Does anyone else think Rush looks like Mussolini in the picture?

    March 5, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. LR

    Sen. Cornyn is an idiot! This President has worked non-stop to dig this country out of the ditch the he, his party and an addict drove us into. Now they're being led and directed by a pill-popping food addict who's been married 3 times???!!! Give me a break! Go retire and chop wood with your buddy in Texas. The rest of us are patriotic Americans who have plenty of work to do!

    March 5, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. John Sullivan

    Mr Cornyn of Texas is out of touch with American reality. Mr. Obama is conducting the peoples' business as he was elected to do.

    March 5, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. German,Irish American

    And now our President uses taxpayer money to try to silence free speech guarenteed by the First Amendment. Obama is already starting to make Nixon look like a choir boy.

    March 5, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. paul oregon

    it was steele de man at frist . is it russ de man now????
    one thing im sure at election time the GOP understands this symbol (x) in the box next to there name

    March 5, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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