RNC document caricatures Obama, appeals to fear
By JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama is "The Joker." Nancy Pelosi is portrayed as Cruella De Vil, and Harry Reid as Scooby Doo - all part of a Republican Party pitch to top fundraisers.
Tucked into the 72-page Power Point presentation to GOP fundraisers in Boca Raton, Fla., last month, was a direct call to exploit "extreme negative feelings" toward Democrats using tactics that even Republican leaders said were out of line.
"What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House or the Senate...?" one slide asks.
"Save the country from tending toward Socialism!" it replies.
Political groups and parties often use highly charged language to motivate their base of voters and contributors. But the RNC document is unusual in revealing a strategy in such candid detail.
Republicans tried Thursday to disassociate themselves from the imagery and language of the presentation, which was first reported by the Politico news Web site.
Hmmm...so bad that republicans are running away from this one!
This guy's "looking like a fool with his pants on the ground!"
This represents a very bad trajectory in American politics, that ill-serves a democracy.