March 12th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh to star in DNC roadside ad

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Democrats plan to unveil a new theme Thursday morning in their ongoing campaign to portray conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh as the true leader of the Republican Party.

"Americans didn't vote for a Rush to failure," is the slogan that will be splashed across a billboard in Limbaugh's hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida, and printed on T-shirts, a Democratic National Committee official told CNN.

Limbaugh has said several times that he hopes President Barack Obama fails, a sentiment that has put elected Republicans in a tight spot during this time of economic crisis.

The DNC official said more than 80,000 slogans were submitted for the contest, and more than 50,000 people helped narrow the list to the top five.

The timing of when the billboard will be set up has not been finalized, the official said.

Filed under: Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I can't wait for Rush to actually tried to run for office. If he wins, then he can learn about how hard it is to try to run a government. He painted himself as a target for partisans on the other side of the isle. If Rush actually understood governance and compromise, then he wouldn't be as loud against people on the other side of the isle as he is.

    March 12, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Gracie

    Brilliant move by the Democrats. I have to give it to them, they are blowing the competition out of the water. Both the GOP and RNC are feeding on each other while the world moves forward.

    It seems the leadership in both the GOP and RNC are chasing nothing but their own tails!! They consistently remain deaf, dumb and blind to the fact that as of Nov. 4th the world has MOVED FORWARD while they continue to move backwards in time citing "Reagan's Golden Years" and the basis of their existence. It's no wonder they've become nothing but the laughing stock of the world!!!

    When you have Vitter, McCain, Steele, Graham, Shelby and Cantor all playing the "Bring out the Clowns" theatrics, it becomes comedy central. LOL.

    March 12, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. simonsays

    Rush is going to love this. It's exactly the kind of over reaction he wants when he pokes a stick at Liberals. It just means more PR for him. This is why he stays on top in the ratings and makes all that money.

    March 12, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. carlo

    Yeah! I voted for that one.

    March 12, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-republican

    I think Rush and Chuck Norris should both run for president of Texas. I'd love to go to war with the state that brought us George Bush! All three of them need to be in a psychiatric ward!

    March 12, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Rush Limbaugh is a toad who constantly tries to pump himself up. He is a shameless self promoter whose opinions are not worth discussing by rational human beings.

    March 12, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. mamaduck123

    Most of what this man states as fact is fabrication. He is a pawn and I do not understand why people follow him. Does anyone read anymore?

    March 12, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Bob

    It is beyond me why the DNC is playing these games.

    March 12, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. Zaggs

    One thing democrats are never in short supply, hypocrisy. We now know in 2001 James Carville (currently part of the Obama administration) wanted Bush to fail and said so to the press. Near 50% of democrats in a poll said the same thing. But I suppose that was fine because they were democrats and Carville has held posts in administration whereas Rush hasn't.
    One must wonder how big of a crisis we are really in when an administration makes it its top priority to go after media talking heads.

    March 12, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Get Well Soon GOP

    The GOP is doomed. They can't seem to get it all together. They are having internal fights. They are blocking progress and fighting the Obama system. I think they will be split into two parties and cause a 3rd party to emerge. This is delicious!

    March 12, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. bruce

    give me a break back in 2004 50% of democrats wanted bush to fail...where was the outcry then ..of course our good liberal media at it again ..cant take it like usual!!

    March 12, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Joe in NJ

    Does anyone see the irony in this slogan? "Americans didn't vote for a Rush to failure", yet that is exactly what is happening as Obama decides to spend, spend, spend instead of taking time to carefully plan out a successful path to economic recovery.

    March 12, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Rush

    I appreciate the business.

    March 12, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Rick CT

    The Dems would be a lot better off trying to figure out how to eliminate the problem of the 8,000+ broken promises contained in the just signed "imperfect" spending bill. I doubt that continuing the beat the Rush dead horse will do anything to unify the country or stimulate the economy.

    But don't count on it – the only change we've seen so far is for the worst.

    March 12, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Ben F.

    Instead of wasting their time on billboard contests about Rush Limbaugh, the Democratic party should be working with President Obama to fix this country's economic problems. The Democrats don't have Bush to blame for all the country's problems now. Stop worrying about a radio entertainer and start worrying about the downward direction of the stock market you idiot Democrats. At least Rush is putting forward ideas to help stimulate the economy. That more that what can be said about Timothy (tax cheat) Geithner.

    March 12, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. brenda

    The DNC is so very vindictive. Likes to play games with people's lives. Do not care about the rights of any US citizen. Only care about themselves and what power they can get and they do not care who they have to hurt along the way. Very immature people. Sad that not one of them is ethical. Cant wait for 2010 when dems will be voted out.

    March 12, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. House Diva

    what a waste of money....

    March 12, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. JWheeler

    How about getting a few thousand people together for a symbolic 'happening,' and have them release several thousand hot-air balloons with Rush's face on them?

    March 12, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. Dookie

    Will they also put something up with James Carville in 2001 talking about how he hoped President Bush would fail. Or perhaps they could publish the poll in 2006 that showed that a majority of Democrats hoped that Bush would fail. Didn't think so.

    March 12, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. TRUTH

    LIberals need to read this: On September 11, 2001, just a few minutes before the attacks on the WTC occurred, James Carville was holding a press conference. During that press conference, Carville said that he hopes President Bush "does not succeed." Why is it that no one ever attacked Carville for saying he wanted President Bush to fail? Liberals are the biggest hypocrites.

    March 12, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. brenda

    republicans are not in a tight spot beause of what limbaugh said. everyone that has a brain and clean ears KNOWS exactly what limbaugh said. he said he wanted OBAMAS socialist agenda to fail. i heard him and he said if it means that socialist agenda will succeed then he hoped opbama would fail. i would agree and would have said the very same thing. duh.

    March 12, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Johnny Boy

    The dems whant us to be just like Europe, and this spending bill will help get us there. We will be taxed out the wazoo and have poor health care available to everyone. Oh boy! I can't wait.

    By the way… Don't call 9,000 earmarks "last years business." The pen in in Obama's hand today when he signed it. What a load. How stupid do you think we are.

    Thanks Obama!

    March 12, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. DNC appeal

    That's the way to take the focus of Obama and demonize a private citizen. They have every right to free speech. but why waste the monet on a billboard acting like children. Couldn't the money be better spent elsewhere?? I'm sure the crazies around here will eat this up and demand he be shut down. I think I am moving to Texas. Chuck for Pres!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. Todd

    Rush is on the DNC's billboard???? Wow – Which party does he speak for????

    March 12, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Tom in Delaware

    Obama is going to be the star of the Tea Parties across America on April 15, 2009.

    Coming to a city near you.

    March 12, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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