Is the Secretary of State taking on the "Limbaugh Effect"?
March 6, 2008 02:29 PM
And if so, to what ends?
From the Enquirer's Politics Extra:
Brunner's staff has begun to call counties to find out how many crossover voters there were and how many 10x forms were filled out by pollworkers if someone switches parties within two years.
"Once we start to gather the figures of what rate of crossover was, then we can start to dig into . . .what some of the motivations were."
Why is she digging into what some of the motivations were? How is that an appropriate area of concern?
And what about this?
She does plan to ask counties for statistics and details on voters who signed forms attesting that they switched political parties.
Gathering statistics doesn't concern me. Gathering "details on voters" does.
Is she going to also look at the McCain Effect from 2000? That was when Democrats in Ohio voted for McCain in the Republican primary to slow down George W. Bush.
I say what's good for the goose is good for the gander. And I think you're playing with fire when you start looking at voter's "motivations."