Book of the Week: Operation Chaos.

This would be Operation Chaos from Poul Anderson, not anything that is… out of the map. There’s a potential book of my own that intersects with that one. I really should do something about that, too.


Oh, those inconvenient early voting numbers in OH!

Oh, dear: I hadn’t realized that the pushback to this:

Four years ago, Democrats made up about 42% of the early and absentee vote while Republicans made up 22% – a dismal 20-point deficit that contributed to Sen. John McCain’s defeat in Ohio.

Through Wednesday, however, the margin has narrowed: Democrats account for 36% of the early and absentee vote while Republicans make up for 29%.

…was something as desperate as this:

Voters in Ohio do not register by party in traditional fashion. Instead, voters are only identified as Republican or Democrat based on their participation in a primary, making it difficult to know just where early vote sympathies lie.

Republicans had a competitive presidential primary earlier this year. Democrats did not. Is it possible someone that a Democrat in Toledo registered as a Republican to vote for Romney over Rick Santorum last March, but is now supporting Obama? Absolutely. But this hypothetical Obama supporter’s absentee ballot would be marked Republican.

In other words: Operation Chaos. :rolling eyes: Because that has to work sometime, right? (more…)


#rsrh The major thing to take away from the Michigan results.

Yet, again, we have seen that calls for “strategic” cross-party voting DOES NOT WORK: the call for Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in the primary came from everybody from the Democrats to Santorum himself, and Mitt Romney won Michigan anyway.  Then again, we already kind of knew that so-called “Operation Chaos” operations work much better on paper than in reality; if that sort of thing had actually been a valid strategy then cynical political operatives would have been routinely resorting to it for the last fifty years.

Sorry if this disappoints.

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