On the radio yesterday, I heard Rush Limbaugh bragging that thanks to him (and what he called “Operation Chaos,” but which I call “Operation Elect Hillary”), Hillary Clinton is now ahead.
When I distrust someone, I tend to be dismissive of whatever that person says.
Bad logical move. (Even liars sometimes tell the truth.)
Anyway, today I see news confirmation that things are going according to chaos plan:

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads John McCain by 9 points in a head-to-head presidential matchup, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable than Democratic rival Barack Obama. Obama and Republican McCain are running about even.
The survey released Monday gives the New York senator and former first lady a fresh talking point as she works to raise much-needed campaign cash and persuade pivotal undecided superdelegates to side with her in the drawn-out Democratic primary fight.
Helped by independents, young people and seniors, Clinton gained ground this month in a hypothetical match with Sen. McCain, the GOP nominee-in-waiting. She now leads McCain, 50 percent to 41 percent, while Obama remains virtually tied with McCain, 46 percent to 44 percent.
Both Democrats were roughly even with McCain in the previous poll about three weeks ago.

However, within the Democratic Party, Hilllary and Obama are still running neck and neck:

The AP-Ipsos poll found Clinton and Obama about even in the race for the Democratic nomination. Underscoring deep divisions within the Democratic Party — and a potentially negative longer-term impact — 30 percent of Clinton supporters and 21 percent of Obama supporters said they would vote for McCain in November if their preferred candidate didn’t win the nomination.

That’s what they say now, when talk is cheap, the chips aren’t down, and the Hillary “healing” period hasn’t had time to work its vintage Clinton magic.
But then there’s this interesting statement, which indicates to me that at least some people in the GOP leadership are beginning to think logically:

Also on Monday, the head of the Republicans’ House campaign committee said the party would rather face Obama in November because the GOP believes Clinton would be more of a threat to McCain among moderate voters.
Said Tom Cole, a congressman from Oklahoma: Obama “is by any definition very liberal, to the left of Hillary Clinton, in a center-right country. That is very, very helpful to us.”

Does Rush know? Or has he become a NeoRINO? As opposed to the old fashioned RINOs (who were generally opposed to social conservatism but held their nose and voted Republican anyway), the NeoRINOs imagine that they’re helping the party by helping ensure its defeat.
This strategy actually predates Ann Coulter’s pledge to vote for Hillary. It was Tom DeLay who actually pioneered the meme, when, back in February of 2007, he stated that the Republicans needed Hillary:

Hillary Clinton as president may be the best thing that ever happened to the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

The problem with Obama is that he’s making them actually like Hillary, and see her as akin to a savior. Of “conservatism.”
In a post a couple of weeks ago, I linked a warning that was going around along the lines of “Be careful what you wish for, Rush.”
I think they’ve been quite careful.
If the Neo-RINOs win and Hillary is president, what are the Paleo-RINOs to do?
(I’ve been predicting this sort of treachery for so long that words fail me. Honestly, I don’t know what to title this post. The three letter title I started out with is beginning to look like understatement, but I’ll leave it the way it is in the interest of politeness…)
UPDATE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, and for quoting from this post!
A warm welcome to all. Comments always invited — agree or disagree.