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Operation Chaos

With the North Carolina primaries coming up tomorrow, I've been thinking about Operation Chaos. For those unfamiliar, this is a project Rush Limbaugh started earlier this year to get Republicans to cross over and vote for Hillary in the Democratic primaries, thus extending the battle for the Democratic nomination and weakening the party.

I'm not going to participate in it, even though as a registered independent I could if I wanted to. I plan to vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primary. I don't like the idea of voting for someone in a primary for reasons other than their fitness for office. I almost said "that I have no intention for voting for in the general election" but I can think of exceptions to that. For instance, there were Republicans that crossed over and voted for Cynthia McKinney's opponent in a Georgia primary a couple of years ago because she was more moderate. In other words, if they had to have a Democrat in the house, they would prefer McKinney's opponent even though they might not have voted for her. Ditto for the independents that voted for McCain in the New Hampshire primary.

There are some that are taking their disapproval farther than I am.Some are suggesting that Operation Chaos violates Ohio election law by encouraging voting in "bad faith" and are encouraging indictments. This is ridiculous. No voter should be put on trial as to the sincerity of their vote. How do you establish such a thing in a court of law? If a state doesn't want this kind of "strategic" voting in a primary, they can just ban crossover voting. (I think the parties themselves could probably do that.)

My own opinion is that Rush is getting a lot more credit than he deserves for the protracted Democratic contest. "Operation Chaos" could not work without Hillary's cooperation. Early on I predicted that Hillary would get the nomination because she (a) wants the nomination more than any of her opponents do  and (b) is more ruthless than any of her opponents. I might be wrong about who gets the nomination, but I know I'm right about Hillary herself and that is the chief explanation of why the Democrats haven't chosen a nominee yet.