Republicans -- they know one trick and one trick only. Too bad it works every four years:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday criticized Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as a European caricature who would turn the United States into a welfare state....
"Her view is the old, classic, European caricature that we describe of big government, big taxation, welfare state," said the former Massachusetts governor.
"She gave a speech a couple of days ago and laid out her vision for America. And as I listened to her I figured her platform wouldn't even get her elected in France," Romney, who was a missionary in France, said to chuckles and applause.
...Romney said the election of Clinton as president would force the country to veer off course economically, militarily and socially.
"I'm convinced if Hillary were president ... that we would see instead of a stronger military and a stronger economy and stronger families, we'd see a weaker military because she would ... be able to spend money on the social programs that she favors," he said. "We'd see a weaker economy because she'd raise taxes and we'd have less money going into the private sector and creating new jobs. We'd see weaker families as well." ...
Nobody's really coming close to Hillary in the Democratic polls -- so, increasingly, the GOP candidates (aided by GOP apparatchiks in the media) are already running against her. (For the most part, the Democrats don't seem to be running against any Republicans.) And it's the time-honored message: She's a military-hating pinko-slash-fascist from Europe (where all those weirdo ideologies come from, of course).
I quoted some of the recent anti-Hillary commie/fascist rhetoric in a post earlier today. (Please note the update in which I quote Judge Roy Moore's assertion that expanded preschool programs are essentially Nazism.) Also see this for Cal Thomas, Melanie Morgan, and Lee Rodgers shouting "Commie commie commie."
The literal content doesn't matter. "Socialist" and "Nazi," when aimed at a Democrat, are just ways of saying "dangerous nutjob with ideas so strange you can't even imagine what they're going to be, so you certainly can't elect somebody who might have them."