Hugh Hewitt

The second issue is deeper and more profound. We can expect Team Obama to employ in 2012 the Chicago rules for which the president and his inner circle are famous. And that means if they can influence the GOP nominating process to produce a weaker nominee, they will. If Iowa, New Hampshire and the rest of the early primaries can be entered by Democratic activists, they will be, and those activists won't be there to help nominate the strongest GOP nominee.

Rush Limbaugh had fun with Operation Chaos in 2008, and proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that "strategic voting" and party-shifting can be encouraged and in significant numbers. The continuing advance of new media and social networks and the nature of the organizations on the left almost guarantee that left-wing voters will participate in the GOP caucuses and primaries with an intent of punishing the strongest candidates and assisting the weakest.

It may be beyond the national party's ability to influence these state voting rules, but it certainly within your ability to push for transparency about who is participating and under what rules sets. The party needs to be about educating the country about who gets to vote in which states, and when and how people qualify to vote in those early contests. "Hang a lantern on your problem" is an old saying in politics, and the RNC should be out lighting the lamps now, just as it should be assembling a series of RNC-sponsored debates that will not replace the MSM left-fests but which would at least give conservative voters a much better chance of hearing their questions asked.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.