'Hateboards' Signal GOP Fear-Monger Strategy Republican strategy being 'field tested' on highways By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Mar 5, 2010 2:32 AM CST Updated Mar 5, 2010 6:05 AM CST 79 comments Comments A controversial anti-abortion billboard ad indicates that abortion rights represent a war on black babies. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) View 5 more images (Newser) – For a likely preview of the GOP's upcoming fear-fueled political campaigns, look no further than the ominous billboards sprouting along the nation's highways, like the one portraying President Obama as "Saddam Hussein" out to kill American babies. The GOP strategy to exploit "visceral fear" to raise campaign funds revealed earlier this week in a leaked RNC presentation is already being "field-tested" by interest groups sympathetic to the party, writes John Avlon in the Daily Beast. Avlon compares the increasing number of billboards to PowerPoint presentations for drivers, ones bristling with Soviet iconography and calls to "prepare for war" if incumbents can't be defeated in the election booth. The images are evidence of "pure psychosis, stoked for partisan gain per the RNC’s stated playbook," writes Avlon. This billboard along Interstate 35 in Minnesota was paid for by an anonymous group of Twin Cities business owners. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Bob Collins) This broadside against Barack Obama greets drivers along US 63 in Missouri. Closeup of a Colorado billboard portraying President Obama as a jihadist. A protest sign with the word "hate" is held in front of a Colorado billboard questioning President Obama's citizenship and portraying him as a jihadist. A billboard exhorts Americans to "prepare for war" if the presidents can't be ousted in the election booth.