Bill Maher strikes me as making an interesting point here when he states that "Republicans have created an entirely fictional President [Obama]" that they are running against instead of running against the real Obama. The things the Republican candidates are saying about Obama are simply not true, but are widely believed by the Republican Base.
According to Maher, this is largely a Republican thing. That is, the Democrats by and large did not make things up about Bush when running against him, but Bush made things up about Kerry when running against him.
I think Maher might have a point. And, if so, I wonder how much of the situation could be owed to the Republicans having their own media outlets in the Fox News Network and Clearwater Communications. Neither one of those outlets provides a fair and balanced view of the world, but rather puts a conservative spin on things, which could go far in allowing the Republican Base to live in a little bubble, rather than to confront reality.
But what do you think? Is there any truth to what Maher says?