Open Primaries and Caucuses – Invitation to Operation Chaos

March 22, 2012

I was pleased to note in this most recent Nevada Caucus that this quadrennial event is no longer an open caucus – which means that only previously-registered Republicans can vote. I think this is important, because primaries and caucuses are essentially party functions, designed to permit the party faithful to select their candidates for office – the candidates who real Republicans think can best represent us in November.

In previous years (this is also true in many other states), Nevada held open caucuses, which were an invitation to chaos. They were open in this sense – you could change your party affiliation at the caucus itself (permitting me, in two previous elections, to conduct my own version of Rush’s famous “Operation Chaos” – attending Democrat caucuses as a delegate for Paul Tsongas in ’92 and John Edwards in 2004).

In 2008, we saw the damage that an open Primary could cause, when there was a massive Democrat/Independent cross-over in New Hampshire, all voting for John McCain and helping to saddle our party with a no-win moderate (actually, all over the boards) candidate, instead of a real conservative Republican.

That same year, Rush proclaimed “Operation Chaos” (I still have the baseball cap) and encouraged conservatives in sharply-contested states to cross over and vote for Hillary, to keep the Democrat primary season going. It was a good strategy that didn’t work – the Democrats proved capable of binding up their wounds – but it also pointed out, as did the New Hampshire primary, the danger of letting outsiders help us pick our candidates.

While Nevada’s Republican caucuses are open only to Republicans, that could change, and I want to step forward right now and take a stand against any such change – and encourage readers in other states to take actions to ensure that their own primaries or caucuses remain limited to registered Republicans.

Regardless of what the mainstream media might say, no good can come from inviting outsiders to help us decide who we think should best represent us in November.

Ned Barnett
Nevada Conservative


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