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. Rod

    To the folks at CNN:

    I wish this stupid issue would go away, If CNN news people would take 2 minutes to listen to the entire discussion that Rush made they would see that he was hoping that his Socialist Ideas would fail not that the president himself would fail. This kind of journalism is the lowest crap I have ever seen and speaks volumes on the new hatred we now have in this country.

    March 12, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Matt

    The DNC needs to get off this. We don't have time to waste trying to make Rush and the RNC look bad; they're doing that just fine by themselves. There are a lot of important issues that need to be addressed and not enough time for games like this. The RNC is in bad shape and that isn't good. A strong minority party is important for democracy. I'm not a fan of their policies, but I wish the RNC would get its act together.

    March 12, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. republicans hate america

    The Rush Limbaugh party can now add a new member to is treasonous ways Chuck Noris who hopes Texas cedes from the Union and encourages malitias to get it going so he can be president.

    March 12, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Richard

    When Democrats start to go after private citizens, it’s time to leave the party. I'am glad Limbaugh ratings are up because of this.

    March 12, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Ken

    It would seem the DNC would have a lot more to be concerned with than to spend time effort and money on a public citizen. They should have been using that effort to clean their own shop, or paying unpaid taxes for the administrations cabinet members.

    March 12, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Diane Panama City Fl

    Just let me know where I can buy some of those tee-shirts with the "Americans didn't vote for a Rush to Failure" slogan on it. I've already contributed $50 toward the billboard. Even in these tough economic times, I am delighted to participate anyway possible in the public excoriation of RUSHBO!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. sil

    lets all hope his radio show fails

    March 12, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. RealityKing

    Record number of Americans on unemployment

    Continuing jobless claims spike to 5.3 million. Weekly jobless claims rise to 654,000 while the DNC dances with radio boy.

    Change you can believe in..

    March 12, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Jon

    What is sad is just about everyone knows now WHAT Rush was saying however, Now once again the Democrats are attacking a private citizen for having an opinion. Very sad state of affairs. If you do not know, He wanted his policies to fail because he feels they are wrong. No different than those that wished openly that Bush would fail. Focus people on the economy. At least that is a genuine problem.

    March 12, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. bedford

    Hey, fellow Dems, don't jump into this too fast lest you underdo your good intentions. Can't we make it a threesome on the bilboard - limbaugh, coulter and chuck norris. We get 3 losers exposed for the price of one.

    March 12, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. RealityKing

    Obviously Wall Street and Main Street believe that Obama is succeeding in socializing the American way....

    March 12, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. RealityKing

    Yeap..., obviously.

    DOW -40.70 -0.59%

    March 12, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. DX in TX

    Why waste the time and money to promote Rush Limp-wrist?
    Why are you giving power to his ignorance?
    This does not serve the American people, let Rush be Rush and take President Obama's lead and ignore this guy....he has no power over this administration!

    Come on Democrats we are better than this...

    March 12, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. ranjit

    Well, DNC has decided to increase the audience of Rush Limbaugh from 20 million to 25 million. DNC should be more concerned about the perception of people on democrats and stimulus bill. It has been tried for years to stop Rush Limbaugh and everytime, he grows bigger. If I were the DNC chairman, I would try to build on the success of 2008 elections and not waste time.

    March 12, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. John the Engineering Consultant

    When is CNN going to cover a statment made by paid DNC strategiest James Carvel saying the same thing about Bush on 9-11?

    And Carvel IS a leader in the Dem party.

    March 12, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Kandy

    National Democrats should have something better to do. Rush will appeal to the "ditto heads" out there, but I have confidence that reasonable people will see through his bull. (By the way Campbell Brown, "no bias" is bull! Everyone has bias. How they negotiate that bias is the key.) That Republicans are gathering around Limbaugh is not surprising. They are floundering. They need a message–I suggest bipartisanship and cooperation, but that seems to be off of the conservative table–and without one, they will flock around the loudest voice. Unfortunately, that voice is not always the most intelligent choice. My advice to the congress in general–quit bickering and get to work.

    March 12, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Mike, St. Louis

    I hate sticking up for this guy but again, the media has constantly misquoted what he has said. He said that he hopes that his Socialist agenda should fail, not the president himself. I never seen an apology when Carville said he hopes Bush fails, minutes before the 9/11 attacks happened.

    March 12, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Rush to respond!

    I don't know why they feel the need to repsond to that idiot! It's very unpatriotic to wish your country's leader to fail. Seems as though, old Rush boy is digging all this attention. As far as I'm concern, he can eat pooh!

    March 12, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. mary,florida

    Rush,Coulter,Hanity,Beck they are part of the reason the dems have a majority.America knows BS when they hear it..Like the last 8 years.Keep up the good work.

    March 12, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. TCM

    @BEDFORD –

    Why do you despise them? Because they speak the truth, or you cannot comprehend what they're saying...therefore, you fall back to the safety of the liberal democrat party because they'll wipe your nose for you? Ignorant liberals, like you, along with their ignorant opinions of what this country needs, is what got this country into the mess that it's in....if Chuck Norris succeeds, it ought to be open season on liberals!

    March 12, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. RG

    Is it me, or does it seem like the DNC and the White House (Rahm Emanuel, in particular) are putting too much time and energy into attacking a radio show host, and not enough into their jobs? If they worked for me, they'd be among the millions of jobless folks in America. Their making B.S. politics their job, instead of properly running the government, which is what they were hired to do.

    March 12, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Fred Meyer

    Wow– this is what the DNC has become? Rather than focus on pesky things like "issues", "the economy", and "excessive earmarks" they're wasting time and money on garbage like this?

    It's honestly time for a cleaning of house of both parties as they've become so far removed from the average American it's pathetic. Someone wake me when it's time to get back to REAL issues.

    March 12, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Limblob is a traiter. I lived with a President that I thought made lousy decisions for 8 years (BUSH). I still hope & pray that history will prove that he wasn't as terrible a President as I believed him to be. I want to be wrong! Rush Limbaugh is a fool for wishing failure on our chosen leader. No matter what I thought of Bush, he was still THE PRESIDENT! Obama has been in office less than 2 months and he inherited this disaster. We need him to succeed. All of us. If he fails America fails. There will be mistakes. There will be set backs. For Limbaugh and his right wing cronies to jump on every mistake and every set back and scream failure is beyond treacherous and beneath being an American. There is no obvious solution to what faces this country. Obama is trying different tactics. (It's what we hired him to do... Remember?) We the country voted Obama in. So in my opinion when Limbaugh says he wants Obama to fail, he is saying he wants US the country to fail. And that makes Limbaugh an enemy of this country.... in my opinion.
    (BTW I did not vote Bush in previously, but the country did, so I accepted him as my President). How do you like how Bush handled everything Limbaugh? Or can you twist anything to your own special entertainment agenda? You are little more than a clown.
    The opinion of another Clown.
    M. Berry

    March 12, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Jon

    Watch what you say guys...If you disagree (which I thought was ok being in a free country and all...) they might come after you. Now does anyone see how scarry this thought is. It is happening all the time with people that dissagree with "state run TV."..wait...that's China.

    March 12, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. MICK in MESA

    Free speech is great, but you can't yell "FIRE!" in a crowed theater, that's illegal.
    What Rushblow is doing is illegal too when he spews his bile and Oxicoton induced ideas about hoping our elected officials (and all of America in the process) fail.
    Maybe the FBI should be looking at Rushblow for acts of sedition and/or subversion.
    Better yet they should consider him for treason under the terms of the Bushie Homeland Security Act – they can ya know.
    In my eyes Rushblow is the poster boy American traitor for the new millenium...Hang his lard axx...

    March 12, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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