Markos Moulitsas, mainstream Newsweek columnist, tells his minions at the Daily Kos to muck up the Michigan primary: “Let’s have some fun in Michigan.” How many of the same moonbat minions who gnash their teeth about the need for integrity in the voting system will follow his orders to pull off this shenanigan? Look:
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.
With a history of meddling in our primaries, why don’t we try and return the favor. Next Tuesday, January 15th, Michigan will hold its primary. Michigan Democrats should vote for Mitt Romney, because if Mitt wins, Democrats win.
Bob Owens points out that Kos gets his history wrong:
…Kos purposefully leave out the nasty truth: even without a single Republican vote, segregationist Wallace would have still won handily in 1972 Michigan, by more than 111,000 votes.
Michigan’s apparently segregationist Democratic mainstream gave him at least 538,953 votes (I subtracted 1/3 of Wallace’ total, as if all Republicans added to Wallace’s vote total to arrive at that figure, even though 1/3 of the Republican cross-overs actually voted for McGovern. This figure is heavily biased in favor of his flawed argument, and he still loses), 111,259 more than also-ran George McGovern’s 425,694 according to Kos’ own source.
Kos can rightly claim that Republicans crossed over in 1972. He just can’t credibly claim they affected the outcome.
Moreover, Kos’s rationale for dispatching his followers to vote for Romney is idiotic. He writes:
…on the GOP side, this primary will be fiercely contested. John McCain is currently enjoying the afterglow of media love since his New Hamsphire victory, while Iowa winner Mike Huckabee is poised to do well in South Carolina.
Meanwhile, poor Mitt Romney, who’s suffered back-to-back losses in the last week, desperately needs to win Michigan in order to keep his campaign afloat. Bottom line, if Romney loses Michigan, he’s out. If he wins, he stays in.
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.
If Romney wins Michigan, he’ll have the money and organization to stick it on ’til Super Tuesday–something Huckabee’s shoestring campaign might not be able to do unless the Arkansas governor has a strong showing.
Interestingly, the commenters at Kos have mixed feelings about their leader’s call to mischief. A sample: