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1 aagcobb  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 8:31:29am

I can remember the Clinton derangement in the nineties, and it seemed over the top at the time. But the development of the internet has made possible the growth of a truly deranged culture of extremism and open racism which the nineties lacked.

2 sauceruney  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 8:35:28am

I remember reading Radio Free Albemuth, by Philip K. Dick, and thinking that the antagonist, Ferris F. Fremont, could easily have been Bill Clinton, who was President at the time. Though, in my case, I was able to discern fact from fiction, fantasy from reality, and didn't go on any rabid tirades of paranoiac fear on Usenet.

3 mr.fusion  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 8:36:52am

Does this answer your question

Billboard compares Obama to CO shooter

4 SpikeDad  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 8:49:58am

The real question is - Have Republicans ever had a black president before? Since the answer is no, they seem to have come unglued. Remember, Muslim is just code for black. Ignore the fact that 90% of Americans would kill to have the brains and life experience of President Obama but of course brains and experience are not tops in the Republican scheme of things. I mean - Bush.

5 SanFranciscoZionist  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 9:08:02am

There's multiple factors here, and I think the free exchange of crazy opinions on the Internet is is a major one.

What will be interesting to see is what happens next time a white male Democrat is in office. If we haven't gotten past this histrionic stage by then, what happens?

6 blueraven  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 9:32:58am

I was just thinking today. What if Romney wins? How will I react?

I pledge to myself that I will not

call him ugly names (Obozo, Obummer...)
call his wife names or attack everything she does
call him un-american or un-patriotic
attack his religion (though I may attack any policy that seems based on religion)
call him a fascist/tyrant/dictator etc...
wish for failure; ala Limbaugh

I will

disagree vehemently with policy
Probably make fun of his gaffes and blunders
Continue to call him out on his blatant lies (he needs to stop that)

I am so afraid that we have entered such a polarized electorate that all future Presidents will be treated like dirt from the other side.
Though I do think the level of hatred Obama has faced has been unprecedented in modern times.

7 jaunte  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 10:03:21am

Kevin Drum:
The Creepy Small Lies of the Romney Campaign

I know I keep asking this, but has any previous campaign ever done this on such a routine basis? I don't mean to suggest that no campaign has ever been as nasty. Obviously Willie Horton and "creating the internet" and the Swiftboating of 2004 were worse. And both sides traffic in distortions and cherry picking all the time. But there's something about the methodical small lies of the Romney campaign that seems quite new. And frankly, just plain creepy.

And you can add to that the fact that virtually no one on the conservative side of the aisle has pushed back against this.

8 moderatelyradicalliberal  Sat, Jul 28, 2012 11:00:24am

re: #7 jaunte

Kevin Drum:
The Creepy Small Lies of the Romney Campaign

Nobody in the MSM pushes back either. Liberal media my ass. Romney should be getting the Al Gore/internet treatment a thousand times over, but he isn't. Maybe he just lies so much they can't keep up.

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