Friday, March 28, 2008

Rush is in the clear

Officials from the Ohio Attorney General's Office say they have "no intention" of prosecuting conservative talk show king Rush Limbaugh for his Operation Chaos, where he encouraged listeners in the Buckeye State to cross over to the Democratic Party long enough to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton.

"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," Limbaugh said to fellow right-wing talker Laura Ingraham on Feb. 29.

Never mind that 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."

But state officials aren't going to prosecute, and here's why:

"We have no intention of prosecuting Rush Limbaugh, because lying through your teeth and being stupid isn't a crime," said Leo Jennings, a spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Marc Dann.
Good thing. Who would run the government?