May 6th, 2009
08:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Limbaugh to Powell: 'Become a Democrat'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Limbaugh took aim at Powell's comments about the GOP."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rush Limbaugh fired back at Colin Powell for his critical comments earlier this week, saying Wednesday that the former secretary of state should join the Democratic Party.

"What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party," Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday.

Limbaugh also took aim at Powell's decision to endorse President Obama over John McCain during the presidential election, repeating his earlier sentiment that Powell's move was "solely based on race."

"He's just mad at me because I'm the one person in the country who had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama," Limbaugh said. "It was purely and solely based on race."

During a speech on Monday, Powell said the "the Republican Party is in deep trouble" and said the GOP would be better off without Limbaugh, according to a report by the National Journal.

"I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without," Powell said.

Earlier: Powell: GOP 'polarization' backfired in election

Filed under: Colin Powell • Extra • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. David in Houston

    I agree with Powell...the republican party would have done much better in the last election if it weren't for fringe 'conservatives' like Limbaugh.

    May 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Alex

    I sure hope that Limbaugh retains this level of prominence. He does a great job of reinforcing the insularity that typifies the GOP.

    May 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Bob the Observer

    Limbaugh is only an entertainer; nothing more, and all the Republicans I know do not take him seriously. Colin Powell is a political opportunist whose primary interest is Colin Powell. His overriding of Bush I in the Gulf War I is the reason we're still stuck in Iraq now.

    I wish both people were distanced from the Republican party. It would make it much more palatable. I would like for them to take Gingrich and Romney with them.

    May 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. carlo

    He really thinks he's the defatso leader of the GOP doesn't he? Well, Steele has been effectively neutered, so I guess Rush is what's left.

    In five years the GOP's theme song will be "Whistling Dixie" and they will have Minnie Pearl Look alike contests at their convention in the Home Depot parking lot.

    May 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Scottye

    That would be wonderful , if Rush got back under that rock.

    May 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. larry

    Powell is right but no other republican has the guts to go up against Rush. Powell is not a chicken.

    May 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Tracy M.

    Man, I love this guy. The more he talks, the more ridiculous the Republicans look. Quick! Somebody give this guy more rope, because we all know what he's gonna do with it!

    May 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. B Davis

    Wow! Powell called you out Rush. Rush will never to able to win an argument against General Powell.

    May 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |

    Maybe the Grand ole Party just sucks.....Limbaugh wants to make it a racial issue for ratings

    May 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Erik

    I see the GOP continues to slip further into irrelevancy... Come on over Mr. Powell. Big Tent over here!

    May 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Don

    I love that the Republicans are now kicking people who think differently than them out of their party.

    They are looking more and more like the Dictators they want to be.

    May 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Greg

    At this point it does seem that Rush is the driving force behind the rapid and epic self-destruction of the former Republican party. keep it up Rush! 😉

    May 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Dan

    Again Mr. Limbaugh presumes to know what is in other people's minds and focuses on that. He would better serve the political dialogue if he actually directed his meagre mind to issues, not motives.

    May 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Obama Victim

    like him or not.............your choice............but Rush is right on here

    May 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. ray ray

    The truth hurts, eh Colin?

    May 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. EcoAZ

    Good for Limbaugh. With the propagandized crap in the media every day, dissenting voices interested in the truth are badly needed. No party's propaganda should become the only source of information allowed. The Democratic Party propaganda machine must be protested.

    May 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. republicans hate america

    ah now that the supreme leader of the GOP said it all will follow his lead. they should ban this lard from England too.

    May 6, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. kgeukes

    The one person who knows what the Republican party needs....that's to get rid of Mush and his clones!!!!! Finally a person with some integrity!

    May 6, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Brad of IL.

    I am not a fan of Limbaugh, but I do agree with his comments on Powell and his backing of Obama . Powell would have got my vote if he would have ran for the Pres. spot. Lost all respect for this guy now. He should join the Democrats and seek his real change.

    May 6, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. August

    What Limbaugh and other Republicans are proving is that they do not condone ANY descenting opinions in the party and that all party members MUST have the same vision, goal, objectives, and opinions as one another. Forget about thinking for ones self. If you don't fit into the cookie cutter mold, then you are invited to leave. Is it any wonder why the party is shrinking?

    May 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. kevin

    silly, insane, stupid, dum, arrogrant, and the most plain nonsense I have ever heard come from a fool mouth. Limpball I thank you from the bottom of my heart, the Democract will win re-election and President Obama will be in office of 8 years. Thank to you. Keep up the good work. P.s. the Rethuglican that you are a closet Democract please stay in the closet, your black suit is killing me.

    May 6, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Don't Rush

    Keep it up Rush, pretty soon you'll be the only one left in the Republican Party- politicians like McCain, Palin, and Powell- whom you criticize- bring balance an diversity to you're dying party.

    May 6, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Nick - Arlington, VA

    This guy is such a POS that it is unbelievable. Deep down the Republicans in Congress who actually want to progress forward with actual ideas loath this man (ahem, Eric Cantor), but they are too timid to actually stand up to him. He is a bigot, and the more the Republican establishment remains quiet, the more they let him represent their views.

    May 6, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. No Incumbents 2010

    All Limbaugh cares about boosting his ratings by trashing other Republicans, thereby getting headlines. Colin Powell is a retired Army general who served his country with honor. Limbaugh is an oxycontin-addicted greedy blowhard who only hurls ad hominem attacks an anything that moves. Limbaugh's radio show is extremely boring.

    May 6, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Grog in Ohio

    Limbaugh seems to want to excommunicate everyone from the GOP that doesn't see eye – to – eye with him. Making the minority party even smaller doesn't seem that bright... but Rush appears to be the boss. So I'm hoping Powell takes Rush's advice! C'mon over Mr. Powell...

    May 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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