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Rush: I Won Indiana for Hillary

By Phil Brennan   |   Wednesday, 07 May 2008 01:56 PM

Rush Limbaugh’s incredible power to influence voters' behavior was powerfully demonstrated last night by Hillary Clinton’s razor thin victory in the Indiana Democratic primary.

On his broadcast today Rush cited the solid evidence of the success of his plan to keep Mrs. Clinton in the increasingly bitter campaign against Barack Obama thus creating chaos in their party.

“Three times in the last 12 or 18 hours the Obama campaign has said, most recently in a conference call with reporters ... that the only reason Mrs. Clinton won Indiana was because of me and Operation chaos,” Rush said.

“They have the numbers to back it up. The Obama campaign is putting out the number that Operation Chaos was responsible for [Clinton’s] seven percent bump.”

Limbaugh noted that during that conference call, “The haughty John Kerry, senator from Massachusetts who served in Viet Nam also made this point to reporters.”

Rush played a recording of Kerry in which the senator told reporters, “ If it hadn’t been for Republicans taking Democratic ballots, they [the Obama camp] likely would have won in Indiana too. There really is no masquerade now – Rush Limbaugh was tampering with the primary and the GOP has clearly declared that they want Senator Clinton as a candidate.”

Limbaugh scoffed at the charge. “Operation Chaos has nothing to do with the Republican Party – the Republican Party hasn’t the guts to do Operation Chaos. Were there no Operation Chaos the Republican Party would not have a plan.

“But I am not affiliated with the Republican Party and, Sir – and the rest of you in the drive-by media and in the Obama campaign – Operation Chaos had nothing to do and to this day has nothing to do with seeing to it that Hillary Clinton was the Democratic Party nominee. Operation Chaos began when it was a fait accompli that the nominee would be Obama,” whom he said is the weakest candidate, and cannot win in Novermber

Rush went on to explain that because Senator McCain and the Republican Party refuse to enter this campaign and be critical of Obama because they are afraid of racial charges, it was up to somebody to bloody up Obama politically and that had to be Clinton. "Who else could it be?” he asked.

Operation Chaos, Rush said, “thus was born to keep Mrs. Clinton in the race and it worked. Obama has been bloodied, the super delegates are refusing to talk to her today ... but she has an ace in the hole and that’s the superdelegates and Florida and Michigan – she controls the committee that will determine the outcome of Florida and Michigan.”

Said Rush: “This is not over. Could it have been more perfect? Had Obama won in a landslide, Operation Chaos would have been mocked by those who live to mock your host. But I had courage and I took the great political and career risk knowing full well that if Operation Chaos could have been minimized in any way it would have been, and once again the cycle would repeat and the drive-bys would once again claim this program irrelevant.”

Rush concluded: “Had Hillary won in a blowout in Indiana, Operation Chaos would have been relegated to a token split-screen debate was or wasn’t Operation Chaos a factor? But this cliff hanger – this two percent margin, this 20,000 vote difference – shows there can be no doubt that the difference was indeed Operation Chaos.”

Rush pledged to keep Operation Chaos going.

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