Lies and disregard for evidence has marked Republican strategy for decades. It was lies about WMD that led to the Iraq war, lies about torture that condoned those practices of so-called "enhanced interrogation," lies about Guantanamo, lies about rendition, lies about Bush/Cheney's surveillance policy. The Bush/Cheney years demonstrated that lies repeated often enough are taken for truth. It's a script from Karl Rove and Nazi chief Hermann Goering's playbook.
Of course, there's a major difference between Pinocchio and current Republican leadership. Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy but Republicans don't seem to want to be a mature party. Reality is inconvenient. They've gotten away with lies for so long, why change? Now the Pinocchio Republicans are in high gear spreading lies about President Obama's birth by saying he's not a natural born citizen; and about a public option in health care reform -- it will kill old people, and the government will take away your freedom to choose your doctors.
One could laugh. How could anybody believe such nonsensical claims? But the lies are dangerous because if believed, they will damage the nation even more and negatively affect every American for many years to come.
Media, with a few notable exceptions like Bill Moyers, Keith Olberman, and Rachel Maddow, only aid and abet the lies by spinning them as "news."
The consistent stream of "no's" from the party has morphed into its grotesquely deformed proboscis. What's needed in the 2010 election is a big nose job for the Republican Pinocchios! The millions of supporters who said "No" to Republicans last fall have their voting scalpels poised!