The Republican Party loves fear, especially when they can exploit it to their own advantage.
The recent Bush Administration made a habit of it. Condi Rice warned of mushroom clouds and Dick Cheney—well, Cheney was afraid of almost everything. Or so he claimed.
Following in this grand paranoid tradition, the current GOP plans to push more fear, especially fear of Obama and his supposed socialist, Marxist, Maoist, Fascist, totalitarian tendencies—even when those tendencies don't actually exist.
In the Republican worldview, fear is good. Let's scare people into voting Republican.
Hey, it works for Rush and Beck and Hannity the whole mindless world of Talk Radio. So what if it's hype and hot-air?
Politico has the story here.