The latest in primary hijinks is a move by Daily Kos, Firedoglake, and other netroots denizens to get out the vote for 2008's most unintentionally hilarious presidential candidate. Following the victories of Huckabee and McCain elsewhere, they are determined to muddy the waters in GOP-land. How? By trying to ensure that Yosemite Mitt wins the Michigan primary today. Kos explains:
Now here's the thing -- without a real Democratic contest on the ballot, and a lack of party registration in Michigan, this is an open primary. Anyone can pick up a Republican ballot. So Michigan Democrats and independents who want to see the Republican battle royale continue should just take a few minutes on Tuesday, January 15th to cast a ballot for Mitt Romney in the Republican primary....
If we can help push Mitt over the line, not only do we help keep their field fragmented, but we also pollute Romney's victory. How "legitimate" will the Mittster's victory look if liberals provide the margin of victory? Think of the hilarity that will ensue. We'll simply be adding fuel to their civil war, never a bad thing from our vantage point.
Michigan Democrats helped deliver their state to McCain in 2000 to spite their hated governor, John Engler, who had "guaranteed" his state to Bush. To prevent such future mischief, Michigan Republicans helped push through a unified tax-payer funded primary date to supposedly keep Democrats focused on their own race (prior to this year, party contests were funded by the parties). Let's make sure their meddling with the Democratic primary and their misuse of taxpayer funds backfires on them.
Michigan is Romney’s last stand. He has pulled all advertising from other states for a last-ditch effort there. It’s sink or swim time for Romney, and we’re going to throw him a lifesaver.
So why are we doing this? Because we can. Because it'll be fun. And because we've suffered Republican meddling, stealing, and disenfranchisement in our elections for far too long.
I have a friend in Michigan, but she's pretty much a centrist, and I don't think she'd go for these shenanigans. I'm tempted to persuade her to vote for Mitt, but she knows I'm a liberal and will get suspicious. I live in New York, so I'm going to have to content myself with popping the popcorn.