Thanking Rush For The Democrat Dilemma
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh led a campaign to have his Republican followers in Texas cross party lines and vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state’s open primary last Tuesday. Why? Because Limbaugh thinks Republicans can defeat Clinton in a general election. Plus, watching Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama bloody each other in a nomination fight is pure sport for Limbaugh conservatives.
[The pure sport provides the Limbaugh conservatives with pure entertainment.]
According to exit polls, Clinton won a notably higher number of Republican voters than she has in past open primary contests. Of the 9% of voters who identified themselves as Republicans in the Democratic Primary, Obama still edged Clinton 53%-46%. However, that margin is significantly slimmer than earlier contests. In Wisconsin’s open primary, for instance, Republicans broke 72%-28% for Obama. Similarly, in Virginia’s open primary, Obama was favored 72%-23%.
Clinton unquestionably secured a Texas victory, but some locals are convinced it was a false win bolstered by dirty politics. Laura Jean Kreissl, an accounting professor at West Texas A&M University, served as an election official in Canyon, Texas on Tuesday. She contacted the Wall Street Journal to report the hijinks she observed at the four precincts that voted at her polling location.
[It's okay with Democrats when members of their party cross over to vote for McCain but when EVIL Republicans cross over to vote for Hillary it is "dirty politics."]
Of the 181 voters she personally dealt with, 70 offered that they were “Rush Limbaugh voters” who were there to cast ballots for Clinton. “I’m here to vote for Hillary Clinton, I want to see the Democratic Party implode,” one voter told Kreissl, she recounted in an interview. “I was just stunned,” she said. “As an election official we can’t say anything. We just jot them down and let them vote.”
[I would have LOVED to have been there to see the outraged look on Liberal Kreissl's face as she had to helplessly stand by as an army of dittoheads caused the Democrat Party implosion.]
Kreissl, an Obama supporter, said she kept rough counts, but her fellow poll worker, a Clinton supporter, both estimated that as many as two-thirds of the voters were Limbaugh Republicans turned Clinton voters. About 800 ballots were cast in total there. “I’m an accounting professor, I know numbers pretty well,” she said.
[Hee! Hee! The army of mind-numbed robots ruined an Obama supporter's day.]
Kreissl worked a 19 hour day to also help organize the caucus event later that night. Similarly, she said she personally checked in 20 Obama supporters and 17 Clinton supporters. Of Clinton’s 17, 10 identified themselves as Rush Limbaugh voters, she said.
[Elmer FUdd being fooled once again by that Wascally Wabbit, Wush.]
She’s convinced the Limbaugh voters turned the tide in favor of Clinton. “I don’t think we were an isolated case by any means,” she said. “I think it was very widespread across the state.”
[All across the fruited plain.]
The grassroots group, Republicans for Obama, agrees. “Hillary Clinton owes her political life to Rush Limbaugh,” they wrote on their web site Wednesday.
[A debt that Hillary has yet to thank Rush for.]
Rush Limbaugh is also convinced. “Don’t Doubt the Limbaugh Effect,” he boasts on his web site.
["I Don't Doubt the Limbaugh Effect," stated the humble correspondent still hoping for that Rush 24/7 membership. And now to hear from the WAllie commentors... WAllie! WAllie! WAllie!]
Tempest in a teapot. A good joke but nothing more.
[Nothing more than a major Democrat implosion. Nothing to see here. Move along.]
If the Texas Democratic Party were worried about “drive-by voters,” the party would have had a closed primary.
[Closed primaries are a good idea but as long as they are open, this is what you can expect. Only it is good when Democrats cross over but BAD when EVIL Republicans do the same thing.]
This is great. There is nothing i love more than to hear Democrats moan and cry. Hey! Your heart is bleeding!
[Cue up the Johnny Ray "Cry" song.]
As a lifelong Republican who agrees with most of John McCain’s platform, I am ashamed at Limbaugh’s attitude and strategy. I want the best candidate from each party to be nominated. I think the best Democratic nominee is Barack Obama, far and above Clinton. And I am seriously contemplating a vote for Obama (and perhaps even Clinton) if I seriously felt that Limbaugh’s influence affected the Texas primary.
["Lifelong Republican" is the strongest tell out there that you are a Democrat pretending to be a Republican.]
I am a Texas Republican who voted in the Democrat Party for Hill and left the rest of the ballot blank. If you go to the Texas Sec of State website and look, 22% of the registered voters in Texas voted in the Texas Democrat Primary, but only 17% voted in the other statewide race on the ballot, for US senator. That is such a huge difference ( the difference on the republican side is about 1% ) that I think its pretty convincing evidence that Republicans crossed over big time. Since we really only wanted to watch the mudslinging for a bit longer and cared nothing about those down ballot clowns, we made one mark on the ballot and left. Unfortunately, my voter registration card is now branded with the Scarlet letter of having voted in the Democrat Primary, but I can claim I lost my voter registration card and have a new one sent to me, if I can bear the shame.
[You need to cleanse your soul of that Big D Scarlet letter. Until then you are condemned to eating bean sprouts and driving hybrid cars.]
If the Washington Post wants to have any credibility, it shouldn’t peddle such rubbish as Rush Limbaugh had any influence.
[A fervent plea to ignore reality.]
Rush Limbaugh should be ashamed of himself as an American abusing the high privilege of a free citizen’s vote. Is this what we want to show the rest of this world where democracy is going ?
[But...but according to the previous poster, Rush Limbaugh had absolutely no effect on the Texas primary so why are you so upset?]
The Fat, Foul Mouthed Hypocritical One who swallows pain killers by the bucketful is the guru of the conservative movement? Please bring back William Buckley Jr. and the quiet intellectuals who really shape ideas and movements. You faux conservatives need to learn how to read a book again and shut off talk radio
[Shutting off talk radio is high on the Democrat agenda. I think they call it the "Fairness Doctrine."]
Clearly it was Rush who persuaded Republicans to vote that way. They never would have been smart enough to think of something like that themselves.
[We...are...mind-numbed robots...who...need...to be...told...how...to think.]
The MSM and professional Dem Pols like Ann Lewis are appalled that Rush was able to mobilize GOP conservatives and throw a monkey wrench into their stupid primary process and dumb Howard Dean rules. A little mischief will go a long way as this will be a very enjoyable spectacle culminating in an absolute debacle in Denver. I think this is hilarious. This is exactly what the lib PC elites deserve.
[Hee! Hee! Thank you, Rush!]
This all makes me so sad. Where are the adults here? Is this what our forefathers imagined when they set up our government? Did they picture a grown man urging people to vote for someone just to create problems in the election? I am going to borrow words used during this campaign…Shame on all of those who “play” with the electorial system this way, after heroes have died to give us the privilege and honor to vote. When will we just vote for those we believe in and then act like adults?
[So when will you condemn all those Democrats who voted for McCain in the primaries?]