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Posted on May 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

Will the Republicans Have an Impact on the Democratic Primaries?

As this election has become more and more cutthroat, as has the development of strategies by many on the right to ensure that the Republican Party has a candidate on the other side that they can beat.

Even before Obama surged to popularity, it was no secret that the Republican Party has had their eyes on going head to head with the Clinton’s once again.

Now, as the Democratic Primary still remains a mystery, with both candidates having a viable chance if they can pick up a few “must win” states, the role that Republicans can play in who the Democrat that will face John McCain will be.

Taking note of this, Rush Limbaugh has been urging his listeners in Texas and other radio hosts in Ohio have followed, to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, to give her the boost she needs to beat Barack Obama.

From CNN.com:

(CNN) – As Hillary Clinton battles to keep her presidential bid alive, she may be getting help from an unlikely source: conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh has been actively urging his Texas listeners to cross over and vote for Clinton in that state’s open primary Tuesday, arguing it helps the Republicans if the Democratic race remains unsettled for weeks to come.

“I want Hillary to stay in this…this is too good a soap opera,” Limbaugh told fellow conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham on Fox News Friday. He reiterated the comments on his Monday show and replayed the exchange with Ingram.

Will this be effective?

I think that in Texas, with a race so close, that it could have a huge effect if even 5% of the Republican base came out and cast their vote for Hillary Clinton. If this ploy is successful, this will definitely be the “hottest” story of the political season thus far.

However, I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of other parties playing a role in politics of the opposing sides. But, this is a problem that could easily be resolved by each state, by implementing closed primaries. Texas doesn’t seem like a state that has a large independent base, so I don’t see how this would warrant disenfranchisement by any means.

I somehow have a feeling that if this is successful, there will be a quick lobby to change the voting laws for future primaries

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