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Obama pursues secret agenda to bankrupt U.S., sneak in socialism, Republicans say

October 19, 2009 |  8:26 am

Forget the birthers, those Americans, like CNN's Lou Dobbs, obsessed about whether President Obama was actually born in Hawaii or in Kenya, affecting his eligibility to serve as the nation's 44th president.

Remember those hysterics who didn't want the president urging schoolchildren to study hard in a video address to kids right after Labor Day?

Now come the conspiratorialists, who believe that the massive government bailout of banks and auto companies is part of a deliberate ploy by the Obama administration to bankrupt the United States so that socialism is the only option. Of course the bailouts were started by the Bush administration but who's counting? Maybe he was in on it.

The Democracy Corps, a public polling outfit founded in 1999 by former Clintonites James Carville and Stanley Greenberg, recently conducted focus interviews among two groups -- self-identifying conservatives in Georgia and older independents in Cleveland.

What the polling found is that among conservatives, described as the heart of the Republican Party's base, voters honestly and overwhelmingly believe Obama is "ruthlessly advancing a secret agenda to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism."

While they are angry at the  Republican Party for ineffectiveness in combating Obama, these core Republicans told the focus group interviewers that a successful Obama presidency would lead to "the destruction of this country’s founding principles." So, they said, they are "committed to seeing the president fail."

As conservative David Frum put it, "Let’s stipulate that the Democracy Corps is ... a highly partisan project of the Democratic Party, and that focus groups lack the objectivity of opinion polling. Sprinkle all that salt over the report, and it still has the ring of truth."

-- Johanna Neuman

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