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One glance at the birthers and the town hall screamers tells you all you need to know. You don't even need to see it, you can hear it in their strangled cries. The Republican party is a junkie, addicted to hate.

"The base is on fire!" the Republican spokeszombies shout, spittle flaking their bloodless lips. 'We're back!" they spew, "bigger and better than ever!"

Hate is a rush, hate is a drug. When all your plans and dreams have gone to hell, when everything you stand for has been repudiated, when the people have abandoned you and it feels like God himself has forsaken you, hate will give you a reason to live.

The problem with hate is that, like any drug, you develop a tolerance to it. Last year a Republican mob could get into ecstasies of joy by chanting the lie "Obama is a Muslim!" That worked for a while, but then they had to up the dose. "Obama is a socialist!" was good for a nice hate buzz, but it got old in a hurry. Now mere lies don't cut it anymore. Now it takes blood libel to feed the monkey.

"Obama is an illegal alien! Obama hates white people! Obama wants to slit granny's throat! We hate him, Hate him, HATE HIM!"

This isn't party politics, this is delirium tremens, and what comes next is rigor mortis.

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Liberals, moderates and even rational conservatives--those few who haven't gone on the junk--hear this stuff and are terrified.

I can't blame them. It is scary. When you can't have a town hall meeting without a shrieking, 140 decibel, bussed-in, paid-for mob doing everything in its malevolent power to scare the bejesus out of everyone and make democratic debate impossible, it's easy to cut and run. The fight-or-flight reflex kicks in and even the strong are tested.

Many fail. The Blue Dogs hear the furor and turn Yellow. "Let's take August off and hope it all goes away. These issues are just too contentious."

But "the issues" have nothing to do with it. Do we really think those mobs give a crap about the intricacies of health care reform? Has fear made us that stupid?

The birthers, the "just say no" crowd, the "Cash for Clunkers is a failure because it worked" idiots don't really care about any of those things. All they want to do is hurt Obama because they hate Obama.

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They hate Obama because he beat them. That inescapable fact is what's driving the right insane.

All they care about is driving down Obama's poll numbers. But why? Seriously, my Republican brethren, are you really so delusional that you think you can beat him in 2012? Obama is going to eat Mitt Romney and crap Bobby Jindal in three years. What's the point? Don't you have a country to help run, or would you rather run it into the ground?

The right thought it was America. It turns out America is bigger than that. Forty years ago the left labored under the same delusion.

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