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. Dean

    Colin Powell is a fine man maybe he should take Rush's advice on this. Then Boss Limbaugh can rename the GOP the NEOCON PARTY and finish their self destruction by 2012

    May 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Ellie, MD

    You EXPLAINED Powell's endorsement of Obama? Says Who Rushy? YOU didn't explain anything but your incompetence to be sane buddy. Stupid is Rush Limbaugh. LOL.

    Collin Powell is RIGHT about your injections of hatred and bigotry across the board. Unfortunately you are too daft to know you are the JOKE of Washington!!! Everyone is laughing AT YOU, NOT with you Rushy. Look around, you have NO credibility buddy.

    You are an ENTERTAINER Rush Limbaugh, and you suck at that too!! You're sitting in a 4×6 cell, oops I meant room, talking on a small radio microphone. What does that tell you Rushy?


    May 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. geoff

    Why does anyone care what Limbaugh thinks? Why does CNN breathlessly report his every inane utterance? Hm... maybe because you guys need conflict to sustain ratings?

    Colin Powell, no matter what his political affiliation, is correct . Rush is just right.... way right, like out there with the Nazis

    May 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Ted

    Rush Limbaugh is a cannibal, devouring the helpless conservatives who actually care about this country. As a former moderate independent who now proudly identifies as a democrat, even I am saddened by this. Everyone deserves to be represented in a democracy, and clowns like Limbaugh have hijacked the big tent...

    May 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Frank Sellers

    The only reason Limbaugh believes, truly believes, that Powell endorsed Obama based on race is because that's the only reason Limbaugh would ever vote for a candidate in an election pitting a white candidate against a black or an Asian or a whatever.

    Whatever will poor Rush do if neither of the candidates is white? I hope he doesn't hand himself. On the other hand...

    May 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Chico

    (drum roll)

    Ladies and Gentlemen... your Republican Party intellectual and moral leader... Mr. Rush Limbaugh


    Now everyone get in line and play 'follow the leader'!

    May 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Powell speaks the truth with dignity while RL obviously loves to hear the sound of his own voice.

    May 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. elenem

    He is such an idiot. Aren't members of the GOP embarrassed that he is considered by many to be their standard bearer?

    May 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. willowood

    When a overweight under the radar drug addict takes swipes at Colin Powell that is really called a swine flu epidemic invading our land...and the Republican party seems to have no shortages of flu pundits...Savage/Limbaugh/Hannity...would be so nice to converse openly and candidly about our world without all the swine hyperbole...but they just aren't capable of being part of the solution..rather hoggish , I'd say.

    May 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Lisa in Shelton

    Shouldn't his guy be committed already – he is a danger to himself and others. He proves he's a racist byt trying to call Colin Powell one, and he thinks Palin is credible and ARTICULATE? Why does CNN give him a venue to vent his lies?

    May 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Frank H., Louisville, Ky.

    It was only after all peaceful means failed, he said, "that we had to fight. We ended the war in, you ended it, what was it, a hundred hours."

    "I'll never forget," he said, when Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell "came over and said it was time to end the fighting - mission accomplished. I said, 'Do [Gen. Norman] Schwarzkopf and the commanders agree.'"

    Bush said that within 30 seconds Powell had Schwarzkopf on the phone assuring him that the mission had been accomplished.

    "I don't believe in mission creep," he continued. "Had we gone into Baghdad - we could have done it, you guys could have done it, you could have been there in 48 hours - and then what?

    "Which sergeant, which private, whose life would be at stake in perhaps a fruitless hunt in an urban guerilla war to find the most-secure dictator in the world?

    May 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Doug, New Jersey

    I could see a republican supporting a Clinton, but there is no way that anyone who has even a remote understanding of conservative principles and lives a life based on the conservative way of treating people with respect, class, and courtesy could ever support a national socialist like Barak Obama.

    Powell surely has read the things Obama has said, in particular his thoughts that the consitution is flawed and needs to be rewrtten to include reperations for the poor. He must have known that Obama feels most comfortable around leftist extremists like Wright and Ayers. In knowing the truth about Obama he still supported him for president. Even when he had a fellow RINO whose views mirrored his own in McCain running on the republican ticket. Powell is a Democrat, just as much so as JFK if he ran on his ticket in 1960 today would be a far right wing radical neo-con by the left in America today.

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Gary Mokotoff

    Rush: Collin Powell cannot become a Democrat. There is no more room left because of all the Republicans defecting to the Democratic Party.

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Tyler

    Go Rush! Chase out any reasonable thinking person from the GOP so I will never have to endure another horrible republican president screwing up the country.

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Zach

    Why won't Rush shut up?

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. EDDIE

    Wow, who has the credibility here?General Powell who has served our country well.Or Limpbaugh?Keep talking limpbaugh your like a shovel.

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Spencer

    You are right, Rush. The Republican party did so well in the last election. There is no need for them to reform at all. Idiot.

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Sam I Am

    Let's see, you have a fat-butted, loud-mouthed, drug abusing, college dropout, self-aggrandizing fool, trying to take on a highly-decorated combat veteran who was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was instrumental in winning the first war in Iraq, and who was the Secretary of State. Tell me again why anyone listens to Limbaugh.

    Of course we have freedom of speech in this country, but shouldn't someone in the Republican leadership tell Limbaugh to shut the hell up before he winds up losing his job, and the jobs of even more Republicans?

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Stop reporting on this disgusting, self-centered loudmouth and bully. His criticism of Colin Powell is criticism that has just gone too far. Limbaugh only does this to get attention. He has nothing truly newsworthy or worthwhile to offer the country. Why don't you just stop covering him altogether? The man is vicious and insane.

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Uncle Sam

    ahhhhhhhhh rush – another rethug gift that keeps on giving (to Dems) – Powell is one of the few repubs that ever earned respect & I'm sure the Dems would love to have him

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Marcel - Atlanta

    I think that Colin Powell is perfectly capable of speaking for himself. he gave very clear reasons for his endorsement of (now) President Obama. Essentially, Limbaugh is calling Colin Powell a liar by saying his decision was based "purely and solely on race". It's very clear that the far right is entrenching itself in very divisive methods. It reminds me of the reaction of the South during the Nixon/Kennedy election in 1960. Even then, issues like "states rights" and the battle between geography and party lines were at the center of debates over race. The only difference, is the whites were registered as Dems, not GOP. By party means nothing – character and the presence (or lack of) a soul does.

    May 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. waggs

    keep talking will bear the yoke of the destruction of the GOP as we know it...your intolerance is just a hoot...please,dont stop your are a one-man wrecking ball, and at some point, I fear the GOP will rise up,wake up, and toss you into the garbage where you belong.

    May 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Simpliticus

    Is Limbaugh advocating the demise of the Republican Party with his admonishing that Powell should leave the party for that of the Democrats? Limbaugh is becoming like the captain of that naval vessel seeking to recover his lost strawberries or attempt to account for their loss! If it hasn't occurred to Limbaugh, the Republicans are leaving the Party, just ask Arlen Specter! May as well go down with the ship, heh, Rush?

    May 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Sy

    I think Limbaugh should continue with his rhetoric and force more Republicans to the Democratic party - the GOP continues to nosedive and their fanatical supporters are becoming more a party of jokers. Keep it up Rush!!!!

    May 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Joe in Austin

    Rush is, as he says, only an entertainer. I am surely entertained.

    May 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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