Now that we are chest deep in the cesspool of Electopocalypse 2012, the kid gloves have come off and both camps are openly comparing each other to the most hated and hateful ideologies in human history. It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows American politics. Smearing your opponent is a time-honored tradition dating back to the Adams/Jefferson campaign of 1800, when the Federalists portrayed Jefferson’s Democratic-Republicans to the headhunting mobs of revolutionary France and Jefferson’s people claimed Adams was a closet monarchist who wanted to ally the nation with the recently defeated Brits.
Now before those of you on the left cry foul and point out that remarks by Kalifornia kingpin John Burton were soundly criticized by the liberal press for comparing Republicans to old Joe Goebbels, I would counter that it’s only because the Dems hold the high ground right now. They don’t feel the need to invoke too many stereotypical arch-villains, but that will change if the tables turn. There are plenty of images of Bush and Cheney in SS uniforms from the 2004 election. Romney and Ryan could be photoshopped in in a nanosecond. And besides, Burton only said what many of them think anyway.
Our friends on the right have been working every angle they can imagine. Birther…muslim…amateur…evil genius…and above all, communist. It was only a few weeks ago that one of our local bloggers plopped a big, omninous sickle and hammer on one of his self-described rants. (I name no names, but he used to be a supervisor.) They have become utterly unhinged by the latest polls showing Obama with a five point lead. If things don’t change by Columbus Day they will go cross-eyed and start foaming at the mouth, not an attractive sight to many voters. There is no slimy rock left unturned in the ranks of the far, far right. As an example, I offer this fine piece of work from the site “It Don’t Make Sense”. (The post is titled State Dept Goes Wild. ) http://www.itdontmakesense.blogspot.com/
Being the middle of the roader, I see some truth in both directions, and both are unscrupulously adept at scrapping the bottom of the bedpan. Nazis and Commies? Not yet, but they are working on it.