May 20th, 2009
07:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Limbaugh blasts Powell attack

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rush Limbaugh criticized Colin Powell as being part of the 'stale, the old, the worn-out GOP.'"](CNN) – Colin Powell and Rush Limbaugh escalated their war of words on Wednesday, with the talk radio host calling the former Secretary of State part of the "stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

The comments came hours after Powell fired back at Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney over recent remarks questioning his GOP credentials.

"Rush Limbaugh says, 'get out of the Republican Party.' Dick Cheney says, 'he's already out,'" Powell said at a Tuesday night event in Boston, according to the Boston Globe. "I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again."

Powell drew ire from many in the GOP for his decision to endorse President Obama's candidacy, and said earlier this month that the party would be better off without Limbaugh.

On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh mocked Powell's comments. "And now there's an agenda, an emerging agenda, that he's waiting for for the Republican Party?" said the radio host. "The only thing emerging here is Colin Powell's ego. Colin Powell represents the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

Limbaugh, who has been called the de facto leader of the Republican Party by leading Democrats, also said that he is resigning from the position.

"I am resigning as the titular head of the Republican Party," Limbaugh said. "Clearly I am not the titular head of the Republican Party, it's not an office I sought, it was an office position that rather was ladled onto me, and one I was appointed without by acquiescence."

Filed under: Colin Powell • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. former republican

    No Rush! You are part of the old...fat...stale...worn out...GOP! You are exactly the reason why we are leaving the party in scores. We are becoming Independent voters. You sir are a Moron...Capital M. The new GOP will someday oust the likes of you!!! We don't want you...we definately don't need you!!! Your making it easier and easier for us to leave the GOP and find middle ground.

    May 20, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    Rush L. has a thriving business going on – that's what all this amounts to – dollars and cents for himself, his advertisers and his radio station. The public needs to ignore this loud mouth and stop supporting him so that he can go out and work for a living like the rest of us.

    May 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. sue

    THANK GOD!!! This guy is a blow bag.

    May 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Gee Martin

    "Empty barrels make the most noise"!

    May 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. jwn in south carolina

    Colin Powell is a statesman.
    Rush is a thrice divorced druggie.

    May 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Pat, CA

    Tino May 20th, 2009 5:14 pm ET
    WHY do people continue to listen to what Rush Limbaugh has to say? Why?!?!

    Because he makes a hell of a lot more sense than YOU and your moonbat Liberal buddies!

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Al Aska

    If you value intelligence you side with Powell.

    If you value compassion you side with Powell.

    If you value dignity you side with Powell.

    If you value humility you side with Powell.

    So what it is people that side with Rush value? Do they realize what they are serving?

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Martha

    No contest; Gen. Powell has credibility – Rush has money. For all you whitewashed idiots that think that race had anything to do with Powell endorsing Obama then there is nothing one can say to convince you. You think that McCain and Palin was a better choice....I mean REALLY?!?!?! A first-grader could have known that Obama was the one to endorse! IDIOTS!

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. All American

    Limbaugh & Cheney are both perfiect examples of old-school GOP blow-holes. One takes too many pills, the other is crippled, both are over weight.

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. JW

    As a (former) moderate republican, I have seen my party wander away from me. My beliefs and morals haven't changed, but the party I used to consider myself a part of has changed theirs. Without having to change a single thing, I have found myself a moderate democrat. Gen. Powell is speaking for those of us who feel marginalized by the right-wing, who are waiting for a true two-party system to re-emerge.

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Dennis Watts

    Mr. Limbaugh did the right thing, by resigning from a position he never actually occupied. He and Mr. Cheney can go duck hunting now, instead of head hunting. Mr. Powell & Mr. Gates are the only 2 Bush
    cabinet members who have legitimate credentials of trustwothiness.

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Austin

    The old, worn out GOP who never won anything? I'm sorry, Mr. Limbaugh...WHAT HAVE YOU WON?

    May 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. John

    Pillpoppin Limbaugh...Definitely is the Head of the Republicans.

    May 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Susan from S Illinois

    Rush Limbaugh AND Slick Dick Cheney would do the entire country a favor if they just shut up and moved to another country.

    May 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Lynn

    All you Republicans who are saying that Colin Powell should be kicked out of the Republican Party for voting for President Obama better be ready for many Republicans and Independents who chose him as the best choice to start realizing they are not part of the party either. Gopod luck winning them back!!

    That someone is a democratic country is tied with a ball and chain to one of two parties is facist and draconian.

    May 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. beachgirl

    Adios, bye, chao, sayonara Liiiiiimbaugh!

    May I suggest to check in at a mental institution! they have room for people like you, believe...they will make room!!!

    May 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. true daughter of the american revolution

    I'm sorry, but I think Rush was referring to himself...""stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."
    Because, as far as I remember, the party Rush supported didn't win...duh.
    Does Rush remember any recent history at all?
    Or is he just pissing in the corner like a dog marking it's territory?
    The guy is nuts, you know.
    And so is that other guy, Steele.
    Both completely nuts.

    May 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    As a Republican, i hate Limbaugh, hes nothing more than a political shock jock. AND HE IS NO LEADER OF THE GOP. Most people hate him for hurting our party. I would support Powell any day of the week over the fat idiot known as Rush.

    May 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Good riddance. Let the fat-headed egotist go be the titular head of something else.

    May 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Saad

    I used to get upset at Limbaugh.... Now I just laugh at him... I think God experimented when creating Rush and later realized, he/she screwed up.... That's why God did not create anymore creatures like Rush :):):):):)

    May 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |

    Limbaugh, Fmr. VP Cheney, Gingrich, Boehner, Cantor, O'Connell, Bond and others have proved that "GOP" is not a party for any minority groups.

    May 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Greg

    Joe Lieberman, a former vice presidential candidate in 2004, voted for McCain instead of Obama. Ironically, he is not trashed by the party. Why are the republicans so upset about Powell supporting Obama? Is it really about race? Is Lieberman so racist that he couldn"t vote for Obama? The Republicans are sore losers. They think America belongs to them. Is it fair to say that they now want to remind Powell that he is just a black man....? What a party!!!! What they don't know, Powell remains one of the most respected men on earth.

    May 20, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. hawkeye

    Poor Lush Dumbaugh, What a dillusioanl idiot. Appointed by God to tell stupid people what to think. Most people who condemn government and others the way he does are either in prison or a mental health institution. He on the otherhand has made millions off of it. Not much different than the ministers who profit inordently while doing the Lords work. Wake up America the game is nearing an end.

    May 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Lynne

    Rush is a big money-maker for Fox and he'll be with us for as long as it lasts. Personally, I think he, as the voice of the GOP, will be very instrumental in helping to keep the Democrats in power for a very long time to come.

    May 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. The Broker.

    He is Black. Running scared of ever chriticising Borack Obama.

    May 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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