Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rush to judgment?

Has Rush Limbaugh finally gone too far?

In his zeal to get Barack Obama "bloodied up politically," Limbaugh encouraged Republican voters to forego their party primaries in Ohio and Texas on March 4 and cast votes for Clinton.

Of course, for Republicans in Ohio, necessitated the completion of a change-of-registration form -- and the signing of a loyalty oath to the Democratic Party.

From left-leaning

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."
And thousands of Republicans did, including one who, according to a March 20 report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "scribbled the following addendum to his pledge as a new Democrat: 'For one day only.'"

Could Limbaugh be charged with voter fraud for encouraging such crossover voting?

Here are some excerpts of things Limbaugh said before and after the March 4 contests:

"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 ..."

Read the entire AlterNet article here.