Will Rush Limbaugh Be Indicted for Voter Fraud?

The Democrats, especially Obama’s camp, need to make sure this story stays in the news. Via Alternet:

As the board of election in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where Cleveland is located, launches an investigation into illegal crossover voting in the state’s 2008 presidential primary, a big open question remains unanswered: Will county officials go after the ringleaders of apparently illegal electioneering where thousands of Republican voters swore — under penalty of law — allegiance to the Democratic Party in order to vote for Hillary Clinton?

In case you missed it, Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s top-rated talk radio host, was urging Republicans in Texas and Ohio to skip their party’s primary on March 4 and instead cast a vote for Hillary Clinton in order to prolong the fight between her and Barack Obama. And that Tuesday, as media in both states reported, thousands of Republicans did just what Limbaugh and others had suggested — they changed parties to vote for Clinton.

“I want Hillary to stay in this, Laura,” Limbaugh told Laura Ingraham on Feb. 29, near the start of his Hillary crusade. “This is too good a soap opera. We need Barack Obama bloodied up politically, and it’s obvious that the Republicans are not going to do it and don’t have the stomach for it, as you probably know.”

And on Wednesday, the day after the Ohio primary, Fox News asked Clinton if she owed Limbaugh a thank you. “Be careful what you wish for, Rush,” she replied. Later that day, Limbaugh played the Fox tape on his show and said, “How do you interpret this, folks? She could have said thank you. She could have said thank you! In fact, I was expecting in her victory speech last night to be thanked.

“I helped give Mrs. Clinton the biggest and happiest moment and night of the campaign season so far, maybe her life, and she tells me, “Be careful what you wish for, Rush”? Why, that sounds like a threat, does it not? I’ve got a Democrat presidential candidate threatening your host. Why, I am stunned! After all I did …”

While this all makes for great talk radio and sounds like fun, there is one catch: What Limbaugh encouraged Republican voters to do in Ohio was a fifth-degree felony in that state, punishable with a $2,500 fine and six to 12 months in jail. That is because in order to change party affiliation in Ohio, voters have to fill out a form swearing allegiance to that party’s principles “under penalty of election falsification.”

I think they need to go even further with this and disqualify the delegates Clinton won in those disputed races. If that happens, Obama would clearly have enough delegates to win the nomination right now.

One response to “Will Rush Limbaugh Be Indicted for Voter Fraud?

  1. I probably shouldn't bother responding to this, but a few things…

    1) Let me get this straight: when Republicans vote for Hillary, it's because they are trying to interfere with the primary, but when Republicans vote for Obama, it's because he appeals to people across party lines, right?

    2) There is no basis for your statement of disqualifying delegates, and even if there was Obama still would not have enough delegates to win the nomination. It's impossible to get to 2000 without supers.

    3) In Michigan, Democrats (led by DailyKos) were also encouraging fellow Democrats to switch parties for a day and vote for Romney just to prolong the nomination. It's the same mischief and the only solution is to stick to closed primaries. If someone votes Democrat in the primary they must also vote Democrat in November.

    The truth is that Republicans are sick of McCain and his party, and some are voting for a Democrat because they want a new direction, and some are voting just to cause trouble. There is no way to tell which or how much. A lot of Hillary's "Republican" votes are legitimate, and the poll numbers show that if she is not the nominee many of her true supporters will not vote Democrat. We should focus on this very real concern instead of throwing accusations about stripping delegates or rigged elections.

    A Democrat will be the next president unless we allow this internal bickering to take down the party. Instead of posting anti-Hillary rants, I'd suggest you acknowledge the reality of a long primary and help work to set a positive agenda.

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