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THE WIDENING GYRE….Over at MojoBlog, David Corn reports on the latest crop of last ditch attacks being waged by loony right groups against Barack Obama. The nickel version:

Mohamed Atta’s Driver License….Obama is a Socialist….Obama Is a Secret Muslim Plotting With an Evil Billionaire….Obama Is Fronting for Islamic Jihadists….

I guess things really are different this year. This stuff just sounds pathetic, not scary. Details here if you want to read up on the latest.

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