I think the level of exaggeration and hyperbole has risen to a level higher than we've ever seen it...and the lies are flying. It's gotten so absurd that Mitt Romney is blaming Santorum for "Obamacare" because Santorum voted for Arlen Spector, and Santorum compares Romney to Michael Dukakis because he balanced the budget as governor. And Newt Gingrich claims that President Obama voted for "infanticide," which of course is an inflammatory lie. This is a piggyback on Santorum's and Sarah Palin's ridiculous claim that Obama said that "any child born prematurely, according to the president, in his own words, can be killed," and has been proved untrue multiple times.
Fortunately, we have the wonderful Jon Stewart to remind us of all the things Republicans predicted would happen if Obama were elected in 2008:
And what they say will happen if he's re-elected in 2012--suddenly he will be the son of the devil!
And closing comments about this wild, batshit crazy Republican primary by the wise journalist and political pundit EJ Dionne:
They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion. On some days he’s a Nazi, but on most others he’s merely a socialist. His especially creative opponents see him as having a “Kenyan anti-colonial worldview,” while the less adventurous say that he’s an elitist who spent too much time in Cambridge, Hyde Park and other excessively academic precincts.
Whatever our president is, he is never allowed to be a garden-variety American who plays basketball and golf, has a remarkably old-fashioned family life and, in the manner we regularly recommend to our kids, got ahead by getting a good education.
Please forgive this outburst. It’s simply astonishing that a man in his fourth year as our president continues to be the object of the most extraordinary paranoid fantasies. A significant part of his opposition still cannot accept that Obama is a rather moderate politician quite conventional in his tastes and his interests. And now that the economy is improving, short-circuiting easy criticisms, Obama’s adversaries are reheating all the old tropes and cliches and slanders.