The "S" Word
Ever since the election of George W. Bush, the Republican election machine has been the envy of Democrats, who have scratched their heads as the strategy of attacking your opponents strengths and blaming them for problems you actually caused worked to perfection.
The perfect example of this was the Swiftboat attack on John Kerry. Some smart person, perhaps it was Karl Rove, realized that one of Kerry's biggest assets was his service record and one of George W. Bush's weakest was his. So, how does one destroy a perceived strength? Easy, you make it a weakness. Suddenly, Kerry, the war hero was perceived as Kerry, the war profiteer. It was gutter politics at its most beautiful.
Finally, this strategy seems to have stopped working, but it's not as if the Republicans aren't still trying. Tune into any conservative talk show and you're bound to here some right-wing nut job caller spew the party line, a line that seems to have gone out in an email to pretty much everyone. That line goes something like this: "Barack Obama is going to turn the USA into a socialist nation."
It's a line of attack worthy of high comedy and if polls are any indication, it appears that the American voter is finally laughing at the Republicans, not with them. Really, if there's a right-winger out there that believes Obama will be responsible for any socialist tendencies in our country, take a good look in the mirror. Who's the biggest socialist in our country right now? Who's the person most responsible for shifting this country left, toward government-run business? That's right, you hypocritical, free-market dipshits. It's George W. Bush.
George W. Bush is the poster child for socialism. After eight years of deregulationist bullshit that allowed Enron, banks, and other businesses to rape the American financial system, none other than George W. Bush has stepped forward to use taxpayer money to fund a bailout of those same businesses, essentially giving government an ownership stake in the banking system. If that isn't the closest we've been to economic socialism in the last 70 years, I don't know what is. And who's responsible for that? You guessed it: the very people who are scared that Obama is going to turn the country socialist. That, right there, is some serious stupidity. Obama will actually be moving us back to the right.
Again, if the polls are any indication, regular people are no longer buying this crap.