Despite a landslide 56% to 42% win in North Carolina for Barack Obama yesterday, Clinton managed to clinch the Indiana primary by 51% to his 49%. The Obama camp is blaming the results on a radio campaign, called "Operation Chaos" by talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who asked his Republican listeners to stop "Barack the Magic Negro" getting into office by voting for the supposedly weaker candidate, Clinton, in the primaries. Because Indiana was an open primary, registered Republicans were able to walk into a Democratic polling booth and vote, and according to the media, they did. The scale of this operation and the real impact, however, is impossible to estimate.
Radio presenter Rush Limbaugh, aired on Premier Radio Networks, is considered one of the most popular hosts in America. He has been adamantly anti-Obama since the beginning of the race, playing this song, entitled "Barack the Magic Negro" along to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon".
Posted on jestersdomain.com 28 April 08
Blogger John Aravosis is an Obama supporter and one of our Observers in the US.
The Indianapolis Star reported online today that it appeared that droves of "hard-core" Republicans are crossing over to vote in the Democratic primary in GOP strongholds in Marion County and suburbs.
Exit polls suggest that Limbaugh's soldiers could have made a difference March 4 in Texas, where Clinton pulled out a narrow win in the primary, though Obama won the simultaneous caucuses....[Texas held both a primary and caucuses].
But today on his program, Limbaugh told "operatives and commandos" that he has received emails from GOP [Grand Old Party - Republican] voters that they have not been challenged at the polls. He read one email from one who voted for Clinton: "It was tough. I showered twice, I threw up in my mouth, but I did it."
Extracts of an official talking points memo sent by the Obama campaign team on Tuesday:
* If I were the Clinton campaign, I don't think I'd be celebrating too hard tonight. Winning a state on the strength of voters who want to see you defeated isn't exactly the kind of win you want-or the message you want to send to superdelegates."
Originally posted here.
Limbaugh promotes the campaign on his website.