Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos,” in which Republicans temporarily morph into Democrats for the purposes of Democratic presidential primary voting, has become so much fun for conservative political junkies that some of us have begun to hope that all the Democratic primaries will be redone just to keep the show going.
This week, a Republican caller to Rush from Texas dutifully reported that he had not only managed to vote in the Texas primary but also attended the Texas caucus and was elected as a Clinton delegate to the state democratic convention and, possibly on to Denver.
This will undoubtedly result in a witch hunt for and purge of any Texas delegate named “Bob” (which might or might not be his real name), disenfranchising Mrs. Clinton of yet another precious vote, regardless of pedigree.
With charges of “McCarthyism” and “Judas” already swirling, it is entirely possible that the Democrats will demand background checks and body searches of all delegates who actually make it to Denver.
Are you now or have you ever been a Republican?
Drop your pants and bend over, please. Yes, you. If you’re really a governor, where’s your hooker?
The most recent national Wall Street Journal/NBC poll puts the Democratic Punch and Judy show at a dead even tie of 45 percent each for Obama and Clinton among registered Democrats, even as the cries from the liberal intelligentsia for Mrs. Clinton to get out of the race reach fever pitch, even as realists understand that the Democratic superdelegates will decide, no matter how they rationalize their votes.
Also almost evenly split, at about 20 percent each, are Democratic voters who say they will vote for John McCain if their favorite, Obama or Clinton, is not the nominee. Obviously, those voters are the most committed for either side, caught up in the current heat of the battle, and those numbers will decline precipitously, but for the ultimately winner even a loss of five percent of the party base could be devastating. Factor in unhappy Democrats of Michigan and Florida, already denied the illusion of one Democrat, one vote, and chaos becomes the gift that keeps on giving.
Somewhat surprisingly, Mrs. Clinton appears to have taken a bigger hit for lying about running through Bosnian sniper fire (on far more than the one occasion that finally got the media to show the videos they had been sitting on for some time) than Obama has for his relationship with the racist, anti-Semitic, America-hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
With the Clintons providing their typically unsubtle suggestions, more and more Democrats are giving thought to what sane people would consider unthinkable. If some of you like both candidates equally, and if some of you hate both candidates equally, then why not put them together in a political shotgun marriage? You could even call it a dream ticket.
Whose dream ticket? Why good old John McCain’s, of course. Political snipering, like the real thing, requires expertise. Against Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama, John McCain will be able to manage with a blunderbuss.
Somewhere in all of this, we must pull back and seriously contemplate the fate of the country under any and all scenarios, but, please, not until after the mother of all political shows provides all the amusement it’s capable of.March 27, 2008