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Where Exactly Would Rush Limbaugh Like President Obama To Fail?

Rush Limbaugh sure likes to blow smoke on his radio program. He claims that he wants President Obama to fail. But where exactly does he want President Obama to fail?rushlimbaughsmoke-thumb.JPG

*Lose the war in Afghanistan or lose in Iraq?

*Have the economy grow worse?

*Have major banks or businesses fail?

*Fail to cut health care costs?

*Fail to eventually balance the federal budget?

*Fail at efforts to make Washington less partisan?

*Fail at foreign policy, have Iran develop the atom bomb?

*Fail at improving relations with Russia, and fail at cutting the arms threat?

*Fail at challenging North Korea to behave responsively and not test new nuclear capable missiles that could reach the U.S.?

*Fail to limit the influence of lobbyists in Washington?

*Fail at allowing stem cell research to find cures for serious illnesses and injuries?

*Fail at eventually controlling pork spending attachments in serious legislation?

*Fail at efforts to rebuild the American middle class?

The fact of the matter is that Mr. Limbaugh is once again really vague on details. The reason probably is because he lacks substance on the issues. In just his late January inauguration, President Obama has proven efforts to address so many issues that some have even suggested that many he should only address one or two issues like most presidents have done. Yet being president is far more complex these days, and issues far more complex. Maybe this concept is way over the head of Rush Limbaugh who wishes failure for his own nation.

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Personally I've never understood the controversy here. Didn't Democrats want George W. Bush's attempt to privatize Social Security to fail? Does that mean that Democrats want Social Security to fail, and for old people to eat dog food? No - they simply did not want Social Security tied into the private sector financial markets. And it's certainly not a stretch to say that Democrats wanted Bush's mission in Iraq to fail; not that they wanted to see hundreds of thousands dead, they simply could not (in my opinion) bear to see Bush as a victor. They could not bear the thought of Bush being right and Iraq being better off because of something that a Republican did, using military force.

Likewise, Rush is adverse to large-scale nationalization. He doesn't want to see socialism succeed, because it goes against everything he believes in -- just like liberals wanted to see Bush fail in Iraq, because using military force to achieve peaceful ends goes against everything that the contemporary progressive movement stands for.

In 2006, Fox News asked poll respondents a simple yes/no question: "Regardless of how you voted in the presidential election, would you say you wanted President Bush to succeed or not?" 51% of Democrats answered "no".

Here is Rush's full "failure" quote:

I got a request here from a major American print publication. "Dear Rush: For the Obama [Immaculate] Inauguration we are asking a handful of very prominent politicians, statesmen, scholars, businessmen, commentators, and economists to write 400 words on their hope for the Obama presidency. We would love to include you. If you could send us 400 words on your hope for the Obama presidency, we need it by Monday night, that would be ideal." Now, we're caught in this trap again. The premise is, what is your "hope." My hope, and please understand me when I say this. I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, "Well, I hope he succeeds. We've got to give him a chance." Why? They didn't give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I'm not talking about search-and-destroy, but I've been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed.

If I wanted Obama to succeed, I'd be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he's talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don't want this to work. So I'm thinking of replying to the guy, "Okay, I'll send you a response, but I don't need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails." (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here's the point. Everybody thinks it's outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, "Oh, you can't do that." Why not? Why is it any different, what's new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what's gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don't care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: "Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails." Somebody's gotta say it.


Michael, you should have posted that as an article unto itself.

Lee Ward:

What Rush Limbaugh doesn't 'get,' and what his land-licking, ring-kissing defenders don't give a damn about - is the consequences of a failure to pull the economy out of its doldrums.

More thousands of Americans out of work.

More children homeless.

More retirees scrapping to get by. More potential retirees delaying retirement.

More young Americans graduating college and taking minimum wage jobs. More high-school graduates not able to go to college.

Delayed health care reform, and more Americans sick and dying needlessly.

Don't fall for the smokescreen, Americans -- it is really this simple.


"...but I've been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed."

If they don't succeed, Americans suffer, and that is good for the Republicans. Americans suffering under Obama's leadership is politically good for Republicans. It'll mean more votes in the next election.

It's that simple.

Limbaugh, Laprarie, and the rest of the blabbering Republicans are perfectly ok with inflicting more pain and suffering on the American people -- because they hate Democrats and Democratic policies.

They want you to suffer so they can get back in power, and busily protect all those embryonic stem cells and oil company executives.

They want Obama to fail -- and they don't give a damn about the consequences -- so that their sorry, f*cked up political beliefs can get in front of the needs of everyday Americans again.

Not this time... American wised up last November, and the more these pathetic ideologues defend Limbaugh, the better the Democratic chances are to flush the toilet again in 2010, and get rid of more of these smokescreen-blowing turds that care more about fighting abortion and helping oil companies than they do fighting an economic recession and helping hard-working Americans.


The deal is that Rush wants Socialism to fail. It doesn't matter if the socialism is proprosed by Obama, G. Bush, or Barney Frank.

There is a belief, right or wrong, that moving towards socialism will prolong the pain that we are in and that it would be better to experience short extreme pain and long extreme pain.

Rsuh & others have also postulated that it makes no sense to prop up failing companies as long as they continue doing the things that caused them to fail because they will just fail again, but this time they wil take more folks down with them.

I'm wondering if 'survival of the fittest' works in the wild, why doesn't it work in the marketplace. It seems to have been working fairly well since 1776.

ed davis:

Yeah, Lee. Rush Limbaugh doesn't get:

"More thousands of Americans out of work.

More children homeless.

More retirees scrapping to get by. More potential retirees delaying retirement.

More young Americans graduating college and taking minimum wage jobs. More high-school graduates not able to go to college.

Delayed health care reform, and more Americans sick and dying needlessly."

That (and more) is exactly what he "gets". He knows that we'll simply "get" more of it if we follow Obama and all. But not from an American government. We'll capitulate and astardize our constitution in a HEARTBEAT.

What happened to your discernment of the media, anyway? You saw it whan it was happening to Hillary. Now you don't?


Utter nonsense and right-wing propaganda (aka lies). After 9/11 the Dems rallied 'round the flag, supported GWB almost without question or exception, supported his invasion of Afghanistan, supported his tax cuts and virtually everything else. Only when it became obvious to anyone with a IQ greater than their shoe size that Bush was lying about Iraq, that his tax cuts favored only the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, that his expansion of government to unprecedented levels did the Dems' support decline.

It really is rather tragic and pathetic that at this time of crisis, the Republican Party continues divisive tactics instead of trying to work with the Democrats. In the wake of 9/11, which included the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the majority of Democrats gave President Bush the support that he needed to carry out his policies. It was only after these policies failed that Democrats became more critical. At least the Democrats gave him a chance. I would think that the goal of all Republicans and Democrats would be to improve the economic well-being and security of all American citizens.
Methinks the GOP has its priorities screwed up.

It is truly a sad day when a major party that is bereft of any cogent strategy for self-improvement relies on tearing down its opposition rather than offering a better alternative. Of course, as they have ceded any sense of honor, credibility and even responsibility, and are being "led by the nose" by that very "highly principled" and great intellectual Rush Limbaugh, what else can one expect? The same people who were chanting "COUNTRY FIRST" in October, and now the same people who say they want the president to fail... and they don't care about fixing the problems in the country.

The one and only Republican policy for an Economic Success: TAX CUT TO RICH and Lowest minimum wage to poor. The Repubs spent the last eight years doing nothing but working on retaining power and making the dems look bad. That is why this country is in such a sad state. They forgot they were supposed to perform a service and do their job of actually keeping this country running well. I think their inattentiveness and incompetence speaks for itself.

Lee Ward:

"The deal is that Rush wants Socialism to fail."

Yeah, that's what he says now - trying to cover his fat, drug-addicted ass after there was an uproar...

But he said what he said and he meant it. "I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed."

He wants Obama's plans to fail - and he wants Obama's plans to fail so the sick twisted Republican A-holes can get a few more votes - all of which ignores the pain and suffering inflicted on everyday Americans if Obama's plans fail!

"He knows that we'll simply "get" more of it if we follow Obama and all. "

That might be an interesting angle if it wasn't such total bullshit.

Obama failing means America fails. THAT is what Limbaugh wants.


More liberal hypocrisy -
Anyone remember this?

After eight years of opposing President Bush on every and any front, including actively working against a sitting president during a war - libs have got a lot fo balls to make any claims.


LiberalNightmare, seriously you need to quit listening to fat boy Limpdick. The Demo's supported Bush, until his policies started to fail. The Demo's gave Bush a chance, he blew it!

Why aren't you giving Obama a chance? Maybe he will blow it also, but you don't know that until it happens. Go have your rectal/cranium surgery.


So Obamas policies arent failing?

I dont know much about you Allen, but its clear that your not a stockbroker.

Lee Ward:

Typical conservative crap from Republican know-nothings... Limbaugh blows hot air - wishing more Americans were out of work and losing their homes - and his ring-kissers fart in the general direction of every Democrat they can find.

Its ok - at this rate Ron Paul will take over what's left of conservatism and leave the abortion-fighting hate-mobs pushing Limbaugh as their third-party candidate in 2012. Lol...

Saying you want the President to fail and ignoring the consequences that would have on this nation and its people is exactly the kind of asinine thinking that got the Republicans kicked out of Washington in the 2006 and 2008 elections... so what do they do - they amp it up and make the same stupid rhetoric louder.

man, do we have you guys on puppet strings, or what?

Yeah, I hope Laprarie write a big. bombastic diatribe about how unfair it is that some Americans actually want the President to succeed. I dare him.


Actually, you guys have me all wrong. After your behavior for the last 8 years, its actually refreshing to see you root for a presidents success for a change.


Hey nightmare, first and foremost, the Demo's didn't say they wanted President Bush to fail. BASED ON HIS PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES, THEY KNEW HE WOULD. That is a hell of a lot of difference from some fat, queer, pedophile wanting Obama to fail.

And no, I'm not a stock broker. I'm retired, living the good life, much to the GOP dismay. And exactly what product does a stock broker make that helps the average American?

You need to quit kissing Limpdick's cist, and get a real look at the average American.


Saying you want the President to fail and ignoring the consequences that would have on this nation and its people is exactly the kind of asinine thinking.....that democrats engaged in in 2006. From a 2006 Fox poll...

10. Regardless of how you voted in the presidential election, would you say you
want President Bush to succeed or not?

******************Yes***** No**(Don't know)
8-9 Aug 06******* 63% ****32%********** 5%
Democrats *****40% **51%**********9%
Republicans *****90% ***7% ***********2%
Independents ***63%** 34% **********3%

Lee Ward:

I thought the lie you guys were trying to push was the Republicans don't want Obama to fail - they want socialism to fail...

I guess that bit of bullshit has failed, and now it's time for a new ploy.

I wanted Bush to fail, so that a Democrat could be elected in 2008. I got my wish.

Limbaugh, Laprarie, and the other ring-kissing supporters of King Limpbaugh want Obama's plans to fail - and that ignores the consequences of that failure.

I was perfectly happy with the prospect of Bush's plans failing in the middle east, and his plans for the privatization of social security to fail, his efforts to further ban abortions to fail, etc.

And I was happy to live with the consequences.

But what Rush said was this (courtesy of Laprarie):

"...but I've been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed."

The consequences of Obama's plans failing is more Americans out of work, more Americans losing their homes, more children homeless, more Americans dying needlessly because they don't have health insurance, etc.

Ignoring the consequences of your actions in wanting Obama's plans to fail is the problem, HM, and you Republicans are just too damned stupid to get that.

And the reason you don't get it is that Republicans don't give a damn about anyone except themselves and their fellow haters.


Liberal hypocrisy -


On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: "I certainly hope he doesn't succeed."


Dress it up and spin whichever way you want - you libs are so full of shit we can smell it on your breath.

Note from Lee -- And you are out of here, Nightmare. Thanks for being our contestant on "can we make the jackass bray" - you lose.

Lee Ward:

Quit the mindless babbling, Nightmare.

Did Carvile wish that more Americans would lose their jobs, like Limbaugh and the Republican ass-kissers?

Did he hope that more Americans would die needlessly because they don't have health insurance?

Sure - we get it - Republicans "want Democrats to fail" just as Democrats "want Republicans to fail"...;

But pull your head out of your butt and read what Limbaugh said.

I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed."

If Obama's plans don't succeed then the recession becomes a depression and more and more Americans suffer.

No wonder you nutcakes were voted out of office. You can't think past the third grade level...you just keep repeating the same drivel without even understanding the words.


lee, stop your damn lying. rush doesn't want people to lose their jobs. republicans don't want people to lose their jobs. neither want more people to die needlessly.

why don't you pull you head out of your ass and read what you are quoting! rush want's obama's plans to fail. why? well, because obama's plans are to increase the power of government, to increase taxes, to limit the rights of gun owners, to weaken our foriegn policy.

what you are not doing is seperating plans from outcomes. you are naivly thinking that just because Obama has a plan it's going to have a positive effect. well, so far, i'm not seeing how any of the plans he's put forward could possibly have a positive effect. which is why i, too, want them to fail.

by you saying that rush wants people to lose their jobs, or die, etc you are setting up a false arguement.

Lee Ward:

Rush wants Obama's plans to fail. If Obama can't pull the nation out of the recession, we'll enter a depression.

Limbaugh understands that - hew just doesn't give a damn.

These are the consequences of failure - and Limbaugh wants Obama's plans to fail.

Did he think it through before he opened his big fat Yap and started blowing smoke? Probably not.

But he said what he said... and calling me a liar doesn't change what he said.

Lee Ward:

"rush want's obama's plans to fail. why? well, because obama's plans are to increase the power of government, to increase taxes, to limit the rights of gun owners, to weaken our foriegn policy."

That may be why he wants them to fail - but he's ignoring the consequences of failure.

No problem - according to you we can ignore the consequences also.

Ridiculously stupid.... Here's the leader of the Republicans party wishing for failure - when failure would mean more Americans out of work, more Americans losing their homes, more Americans dying needlessly from the lack of health care -- and Republicans don't care - they just keep defending this fat-headed ass and his fat-headed comments.... ignoring the results of what Limbaugh is "wishing for..."

Lee Ward:

Notice that none of the knuckleheads are no retracting - and saying they hope Obama's plans succeed.

And they aren't denying that the consequences of Obama's plans failing would disastrous for this nation and its people.

They just want you to believe that an orange is really an apple when it comes out of Rush Limbugh's fat ass.

and when Rush Limbaugh says he wants Obama's plans to fail - he doesn't really mean "fail" - he just means "fail"...


of course, i'm not retracting. that's because if obama succeeds in implementing his plans, the result for the nation will be a deeper, longer recession at the very least.

and you are wrong about the consequences of Obama not succeeding. according to such agencies as the CBO, they are expecting the economy to start turning around later this year, WITHOUT any additional spending from the government.

my worry is that if Obama does nothing, we will start to recover naturally through the robustness of the capitalistic system. if Obama does succeed in his plans, and the economy becomes more centralized, more government controlled, and more regulated, then the recovery will be delayed or not occur at all. kinda like what the New Deal did to the Great Depression.

i guess it all comes down to what you think the consequences of Obama's plans are. i think the consequences are too great to want them to succeed. unlike you, i don't think that the only possible consequences of Obama not succeeding are things getting worse.

i'll tell you what, i'll stop calling you a liar when you stop calling me a hand licker, a knucklehead, a rethug(and various versions thereof), and a liar. otherwise, i'll call it like i see it. and as i see it, you are misrepresenting what Rush is saying.


Ke, I do understand that when a demo does or say something, that person is completely wrong. When a Gop does the same, that same lie is just kept being repeated until the "base" believes it's it truth. GOT IT!

No one knows if Obama's plan to get our economy on track is going to work or not. I agree with that part. But the GOP and the "trickle down" BS, has proven that it trickles up to wealth care, not down to the average American on Main Street.

Tax cuts for the upper 10% doesn't work either when you are wasting money fighting a war that should not have been started. But the GOP doesn't care about that, does it?

And why don't we hear about all that "family value" BS anymore? Have you realized also that it is BS? Makes me wonder why none of the "base" will explain what the GOP "family values" mean.

CARE TO ENLIGHTEN US? I thought not.


allen, that first paragraph is pretty lame. just another attempt to paint the republicans as mindless followers, just because they don't believe the same things you do.

What does your belief about the "trickle down BS" have to do with Obama's policies? My point was that I believe that Obama's policies are going to make things worse, so i don't want them to succeed. That was the original topic of this conversation, wasn't it?

If you really want to get into a discussion about the effects of tax cuts, and how growing the economy is not a zero sum game, we can have that. But that's a different conversation.

you do know that the we want tax cuts for everybody, right? not just the top 10%. but because the top 10% already pay a higher marginal tax rate and a larger percentate of the total tax revenues that any tax cut is going to impact them more? BECAUSE THEY ALREADY PAY MORE IN TAXES!

Family values? Personally, I'm not really a family values voter, so I can't really answer that question. You're mistaken if you beleive that all republicans are cut from the same cloth. some are "family values" voters, some vote on economic issues, some on national security issues, and some on the role of government.


Why don't you liberals take your BS to Daily KOS. You'll find it appreciated there. All you seem to be able to to is dredge up names to call people...the viler the better! For crying out loud..your new fuhrer wanted everyone to work together...all you can seem to do it fight to keep everyone apart.

I get so fed up with the childishness I see coming from the pie holes of you idiots. If you had any common sense at all, you'd be able to see just what a dangerous person Obama is. He is the closest thing to a Communist we have ever had in the Office of the President. We can only pray Republicans can take over the Senate and House in 2010 to rein in the mad men and women now controlling those two bodies, and bring some sensibility back to our Government.

ed davis:

This is simple. It is written about very well right here: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=91531.

I'd much rather have our Country's influence come from the Holy Bible than a bunch of lemmings with either no moral compass or a complete disregard for the lessons of history. For such an "intellectual" group of people, they sure are poor students. Their comprehension of the spoken or written word is so twisted that it is easy to see where truth is lies, up is down and left is right. It's like the Dark Side is slamming the collective mindset of a huge group of people with a sinister Sith Mind Trick.


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