Fear, Loathing, and a Contest
After the Republican presidential candidates quit arguing about who among them is the most anti-choice, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-social safety net, anti-environment and so on, their many super PACs will be unleashed on Obama.
The unlimited spending combined with plausible deniability brought to us by the Citizens United
decision will bring us a barrage of deceitful and incendiary ads the likes of which has never before been seen.
Think we're polarized now?
By November, low information "conservatives" (scare quotes because they don't want to conserve anything that came about after 1929) will be foaming at the mouth. Obama is already a socialist Muslim granny-killing foreigner to them. I shudder to think what kind of monster those super PAC ads will paint him to be.
It won't mean Obama won't be re-elected. He will, because the totals won't be close enough for the Republican voting machine hackers to alter. Probably he will win in a landslide.
But the people who went batshit insane last time he was elected will be madder, much madder, when he's been re-elected. They will have spent months absorbing vicious attack ads with little relation to reality.
I don't want to sound like a doomer, but I find this more than a little worrisome.
That said, I suggest a contest: what new outrageous claims about Obama will be made next summer and fall by super PAC ads? Winners will receive a free copy of Critique of Capitalism for Kids
(the deluxe! print edition).
I'll start things off:
*Obama is secretly an abortion doctor, with a clinic in the White House basement
*Obama is building re-education camps for NASCAR fans
*Obama will implement forced sterilization of Christians