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Friday, January 11, 2008

Dirty Tricks by Liberals in Michigan GOP Primary

Yet another good reason to keep party primaries CLOSED to members only:

The liberal Web site Daily Kos, hoping to “make mischief for the Republican Party — and bolster the Democrats’ chances for taking the White House” — is urging Democrats in Michiagn to cross over and vote for Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s state primary.

It’s a classic dirty trick, but perfectly legal. And while Machiavellian political ploys of this sort rarely work, the author’s logic is thus:

A Romney victory in Michigan will keep him in the presidential race. And the more candidates slugging it out among the Republicans, the better for the Democrats.

John McCain is riding high after his resounding win in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, and Mike Huckabee’s star is still shining following his Iowa win. With South Carolina posing an opportunity for either candidate to continue the momentum, Romney needs to win in his native Michigan to stay competitive.

The former Massachusetts governor is already spending almost all his time there, and he repeatedly says he’s going to win.

Says the Kos, “And we want Romney in, because the more Republican candidates we have fighting it out, trashing each other with negative ads and spending tons of money, the better it is for us. We want Mitt to stay in the race, and to do that, we need him to win in Michigan.”
Source: Race 4 2008


In 1972, Republican voters in Michigan decided to make a little mischief, crossing over to vote in the open Democratic primary and voting for segregationist Democrat George Wallace, seriously embarrassing the state's Democrats. In fact, a third of the voters (PDF) in the Democratic primary were Republican crossover votes. In 1988, Republican voters again crossed over, helping Jesse Jackson win the Democratic primary, helping rack up big margins for Jackson in Republican precincts. (Michigan Republicans can clearly be counted on to practice the worst of racial politics.) In 1998, Republicans helped Jack Kevorkian's lawyer -- quack Geoffrey Feiger -- win his Democratic primary, thus guaranteeing their hold on the governor's mansion that year.

So, by your list of grievances, I take it you agree, or are taking the phrase "Sauce For The Goose" to heart?

Aside from the fake tu quo charge Tim would make.

I can add McCain to my list, since Democrats and Independents are blamed for his larger than expected margin of victory, and Obama's unexpected loss.
I still say that the primaries should be closed to party members only.