Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh sees evidence that his 2008-spawned “Operation Chaos” strategy is alive and well and at work in multiple Super Tuesday primary states.
Conceived back in 2008, after Sen. John McCain easily secured the Republican nomination for president, Limbaugh ordered Republicans in primary states rendered irrelevant for determining the Republican ticket to vote in Democratic primaries with the goal of prolonging the increasingly divisive contest between then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
On his talk radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh pointed to what he argued is proof that the same tactic is being used to keep the already chaotic Democratic primary a muddled mess. Among the states where he sees Republicans sowing discord, he said, are North Carolina and Texas.
“Operation Chaos is more widespread than simply in North Carolina,” said Rush. As evidence, Limbaugh cited a report from a Washington Post columnist, who tweeted: “I was at an event last night where an experienced TX analyst said the 5% of the TX Dem early vote was from people who had voted in the Republican primary in the past four statewide elections.”
While Democrats will likely interpret that as evidence of the state increasingly shifting from purple to blue, Limbaugh sees his 12-year-old strategy at work. “That’s exactly what Operation Chaos is,” Limbaugh said.
“Operation Chaos was created by me in 2008 to get Republicans in primary states where their votes no longer matter because McCain had become the nominee, to switch over and vote for Hillary to keep the Democrat race going,” Rush explained. “The media is talking about Operation Chaos happening in Texas. They’re talking about it happening in North Carolina, South Carolina — well, not South Carolina, in Super Tuesday states.”
“So if this is true (and I no doubt that it is) for whom are these Republican Operation Chaos voters voting, do you think?” he asked rhetorically. “Can there be any doubt? They’re voting for Bernie Sanders. Operation Chaos, Republican voters… If 5% of the Texas Democrat early vote — that’s huge — is Republican voters crossing over. Oh, that is a major Operation Chaos operation, and you know they’re voting for Bernie. They’re not voting for Plugs. Ha!”
“I think it’s Desperation City now, folks. Desperation,” Limbaugh mused. “I mean, I think if there’s a significant Operation Chaos movement going on in a lot of these Super Tuesday states … Five percent of early Texas Democrat voters are actual Republican primary voters in the last four years, 5%!”
Rush then pointed out that early voting in Super Tuesday states could significantly undermine former Vice President Joe Biden’s momentum following his big victory in South Carolina on Saturday.
“And again, with so much early voting going on in the Super Tuesday states, all of this so-called Jomentum and all of these late-breaking endorsements, it may not matter because so many people have already voted for Crazy Bernie or for Mayor Pete or for Klobuchar,” he said. “In other words, they haven’t voted for Biden. There was no reason to vote for Biden before South Carolina. Biden was going nowhere fast. Early voting people would go out and vote for everybody but Biden. Now Biden wins in South Carolina. All this new energy, this new humor, this new inertia. But most of the voting has taken place.”
Transcript via RushLimbaugh.com