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Rush Gives The Game Away

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 25, 2008

Remember how local right-wing radio fixture Mitch Berg was concern-trolling about the possibility of violence from the evil lefty protesters sure to converge on St. Paul for the Republican National Convention this September — after he’d been merrily engaging in an on-air discussion of the plans he and his righty agent provocateur friends “Protest Warrior” had for that same convention? Of course, fellow local rightie Katherine Kersten joined the concern troll bandwagon even after Berg’s concerns were shown to be, erm, situational.

Well, it’s going to be a lot harder for them to push the concern-troll schtick on this, since their guru Rush Limbaugh has just gone and given the game away:

DENVER — Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is sparking controversy again after he made comments calling for riots in Denver during the Democratic National Convention this summer.

He said the riots would ensure a Democrat is not elected as president, and his listeners have a responsibility to make sure it happens.

“Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it that we don’t elect Democrats,” Limbaugh said during Wednesday’s radio broadcast. He then went on to say that’s the best thing that could happen to the country.

[…]

Limbaugh said with massive riots in Denver, which he called “Operation Chaos,” the people on the far left would look bad.

Now, Rush denied that he was inciting his listeners to riot. But remember this: “Operation Chaos” isn’t just riots in Denver. It also includes his exhorting Republicans in primary states to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary, as John McCain has locked up the GOP nomination and Rush thinks that Hillary will be easier for McCain to beat in the general election. Don’t believe me? Here’s the man himself, from his website last month:

RUSH: Operation Chaos, Rush the Vote, is a sticking point. Mrs. Clinton is in Michigan today trying to persuade Michigan to revote, talking about it’s unfair for Michiganders to be disenfranchised. Her “campaign accused Barack Obama on Tuesday of standing in the way of a second presidential primary in Michigan, as several state lawmakers expressed concerns over suggested rules governing any revote. … One of the sticking points holding up a possible do-over election in Michigan is a rule that would ban anyone who voted in the Republican presidential primary from voting again in the Democratic one.” (laughs) Mrs. Clinton wants the Republicans to be able to vote! She is totally aware of what’s going on with Operation Chaos and Rush the Vote, and she wants Republicans to be able to vote in the Michigan do-over if it happens. “US Sen. Carl Levin and the three Democratic leaders working on the proposal planned to lobby lawmakers [today]. … Michigan doesn’t require voters to register by party to vote, so the parties have to use other tools to stop crossover voting. Both parties are due to get a list of who voted in the Jan. 15 primary and which ballot — Democratic or Republican — they chose. It’s unclear whether those lists would be used to challenge anyone who had voted in the GOP primary.”

There you go. Thanks, Rush!

UPDATE: Looks like “Operation Chaos” isn’t working all that well, anyway — at least, not the “getting Republicans to vote for Hillary in the primary” part (h/t Kos):

[C]entral Pennsylvania is the most Republican part of the state. We have found again and again in this primary season that, outside of the South, white Democrats in heavily Republican areas tend to prefer Obama more than other areas. It is unclear what has caused this trend, but the observations in central Pennsylvania are consistent with it.

Finally, we should note the irony of central Pennsylvania’s support of Obama. These are the locations where you can find many of the “small towns” about which Obama was speaking in San Francisco – and yet they seemed to be tilted in his favor. In a certain sense, small town Pennsylvanians preferred Obama more than the rest of the state!

As Kos said earlier this week, the mayoral endorsements are what sway people, and Hillary Clinton has the backing of over a hundred of Pennsylvania’s mayors, including Philadelphia’s Nutter, along with Governor Rendell and the rest of the state’s Democratic party machinery. Indiana and North Carolina have more big-city mayors for Obama.

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One Response to “Rush Gives The Game Away”

  1. joel hanes said

    In 1968, mayor Daley’s Chicago Police Department treated a series of unruly demonstrations as a riot, and a riot it became, on the televisions of America.

    Whatever happens in Denver this year, its depiction on TV will have little to do with the intentions or even the actual actions of the demonstrators. The authorities will get to choose the initial framing, and then the media will hang the picture as directed.

    There were huge demonstrations at the onset of the Iraq war.
    They disappeared without a ripple because first the government and then the media treated them as non-events.

    On the other hand, if the Bush Security and Surveillance State decides to make PR hay out of a couple dozen adamant demonstrators in Denver, they can make some trivial scuffle appear to be a “security issue”, and thus justification for a more authoritarian measures, such as closing the “free speech zones”. This is what I expect.

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