You honestly believe that Democrats didn't have a very intense competition in their own primaries that election cycle? Do you really not remember the recent past?<quoted text>
If it's one thing I would like to see the GOP do, it's to institute registration limits.
In 2004, it boiled down to Hillarious and DumBama. Six of one and a half-dozen of the other. It really didn't matter who got the nomination. So Democrats crossed over and registered themselves as Republicans so they could vote in our primary. They nominated the most liberal Republican running. Same thing last election.
There was someone trying to rig the primary system that year, but it wasn't the Democrats:
"In late February 2008, Limbaugh announced "Operation Chaos," a political call to action with the initial plan to have voters of the Republican Party temporarily cross over to vote in the Democratic primary and vote for Hillary Clinton, who at the time was in the midst of losing eleven straight primary contests to Barack Obama. Limbaugh has also cited the open primary process in the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, which allowed independent voters to cross over into the Republican primaries to choose John McCain over more conservative candidates (such as Fred Thompson), as an inspiration.
At the point in which Limbaugh announced his gambit, Obama had seemed on the verge of clinching the Democratic nomination. However, Clinton subsequently won the Ohio primary and the Texas primary (while losing the Texas caucus and the overall delegate split) with large pluralities from rural counties; thus reemerging as a competitive opponent in the race."