ABC News’ Steven Portnoy Reports: Rush Limbaugh, opening the second phase of his “Operation Chaos” campaign to make mischief within the Democratic Party, called on his millions of listeners Wednesday to take part in the Sen. Barack Obama campaign’s effort to democratize the party platform.
In announcing his latest “orders from headquarters,” Limbaugh called “all forward position troops in the 50 states – make that 57 states” to alert. (During the primary campaign, Obama mistakenly said that he had visited “57 states.”)
Limbaugh, who is now referring to the presumptive Democratic nominee as “the Most Merciful Messiah, Lord Obama,” urged his audience to attend open meetings at which the Democratic platform will be discussed.
“This year, with the blessings of the Messiah, Lord Obama, the process of writing the Democrat party platform will be open to the public. Do you see where we’re headed here?” the nation’s number-one commercial talk radio host suggestively asked.
This week, the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee announced plans to hold meetings in all 50 states to get voters involved in planning the document which details the principles, philosophies and goals of the party.
“You will be allowed to sit in the same room as elitist Democrat operatives to craft the Democrat party platform,” Limbaugh told his audience – estimated by industry trade magazine "Talkers" to exceed 14 million listeners a week.
“In coming days, we will tell you exactly how you can participate in writing the Democrat party platform, at the request of the Most Merciful Lord Barack Obama.”
During the first phase of the talk host’s “Operation Chaos,” Limbaugh called on fans to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in open Democratic primaries, to belabor the process and leave both Clinton and Obama bloodied.
While no empirical evidence exists to back up his claims, Limbaugh maintains the effort was a success.
On his program Wednesday, Limbaugh also called on his listeners to enter themselves into the Obama campaign’s lottery of donors who will be chosen to meet Obama backstage before his nomination acceptance speech at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver.