Originally posted on http://digitaldiatribes.wordpress.com on March 25, 2008.
In case you haven’t been paying attention to Rush Limbaugh and “Operation Chaos,” you are missing an amusing wrinkle in this year’s election cycle as it pertains to the Democratic nomination process. For the uninitiated, “Operation Chaos” can simply be described as this (keeping in mind that this dates back a few weeks, leading up to the Ohio and Texas Primaries): Once the Republican nominee is all but officially nominated, Republicans have an interest in seeing the Democratic process awash in uncertainty and controversy. The best way for this to happen is to keep it a viable (or seemingly viable) two-person race as long as possible. The longer the race is in play, whether real or perceived, the more carnage left in the wake of each candidates’ path, and the weaker either will be for the general election.
Now, with or without Republican cross-over votes, it certainly appears like this race will not be settled until the convention. But in typical grandiose style which has once again grated the mainstream media, Rush openly and publicly called for Republicans to engage in what once would have been an unthinkable proposition: cross over (or change parties if necessary) and vote for Hillary. There are no illusions of actual support for Hillary. This is simply an attempt to prop up the trailing candidate in order to extend the Democratic nomination process. The evidence as to whether or not this had any discernible impact is not clear. Depending on the analyst you listen to, it either mattered or it didn’t. But one thing is perfectly clear, and much more important than the actual statistical conclusions: a lot of people on the left are going bonkers. Read the rest of this entry »