The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Voters in Indiana and North Carolina!
The Republicans are clamoring for you to vote for Hillary Clinton. Rush Limbaugh's infamous Operation Chaos, which he began in March, is in full swing. You, the voters in the next set of primaries, are an integral part of it. He is attempting to set the stage so that Democrats are damned if they do, and damned if they don't, acknowledge his interference.
Limbaugh's insatiable ego is well known to everyone and he loves to constantly assert his importance. This was his statement the night after the Pennsylvania primary: "What Obama has to do is go out and say this (Hillary) win is artificial and this win is phony because of Operation Chaos. He needs to go out there and say, 'Why in the world is everybody taking this seriously? Rush Limbaugh had his listeners register as Democrats for one day to go vote for Hillary to prolong this. We're letting Limbaugh get away with making our party look like it's in a total sewer and a mess.' This victory in Pennsylvania is illegitimate, is undeserved because Democrats did not vote for her, Republicans did."
Of course, if Barack Obama did actually come out and say this it would play in the media as sour grapes and Limbaugh knows it. No person of any stature in the Democratic Party is going to want to acknowledge Limbaugh's role in their primary. And as Jason Linkins so ably notes, Clinton has plenty of supporters who are not unwitting tools of the right. It is just that those supporters represent a distinct minority in the Democratic Party.
Howard Dean, Democratic Party Chairman, joyfully noted yesterday on Fox News Sunday that, "Hundreds of thousands of Republicans have turned their back on their own party to vote in the Democratic primaries in the last six months." Dean would love to believe that this was the result of Republicans realizing the havoc to America that a McSame Administration would cause. No doubt some of it is just that. But a sizeable chunk of those votes, the majority of Republicans who have voted in the primary for Clinton, came as a result of Operation Chaos.
Subsequently, Clinton's popular vote total, as well as her pledged delegate count, have come from a corrupted process and do not represent a true count of what her support would be if she were to face John McCain in November. If Republicans are successful in maneuvering her into the Democratic nomination, McCain will be a shoo-in for the presidency. The Democratic Party will be in revolt with huge numbers of voters not voting while the Republicans who voted for her in the primary will quickly switch and vote for their party's nominee.
Of the two primaries scheduled for tomorrow, Indiana is the one that is an "open" election; members of any party can vote for any candidate. In Indiana Limbaugh's Republican ground troops will vote for Clinton in an effort to sabotage Obama. And, because Limbaugh is credibly claiming that thousands of Republicans have changed their party affiliation to corrupt the presidential election process, what happens in North Carolina will be highly suspect.
Regardless of the fact that the Democratic Party's patience for Clinton is wearing thin, she is able to continue to tout the illusion of a close race because of Republican interference which is occurring this year only because McCain's nomination has been resolved for quite a while now, leaving right wing voters with the time and opportunity to cause trouble.
Clinton's ego and lust for power being what it is, she is only too willing to go along with the ruse of her electability and she joyfully piles on with the McCarthy-esque guilt by association being played against Obama by some members of the media.
So go ahead Indiana and North Carolina, step up and pull that lever for Clinton. You'll make Limbaugh's dream of riots in Denver come true, rhetorically if not literally.
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