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'Hateboards' Signal GOP Fear-Monger Strategy

Republican strategy being 'field tested' on highways
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2010 2:32 AM CST
Updated Mar 5, 2010 6:05 AM CST
'Hateboards' Signal GOP Fear-Monger Strategy
A controversial anti-abortion billboard ad indicates that abortion rights represent a war on black babies.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(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.

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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.
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