SoCal, don't try to tell us that the Repubs haven't tried to, accomplished and benefited from dumbing down their base. Do you remember such statements as 'we need to fight them over there rather than here' 'because they hate our freedoms' (symplified verson" this from Bush to dumb down Americans for the purpose of getting votes and backing for a war with Iraq.
How about "he isn't one of us", "He's a Muslim", "he doesn't think like we do", "he was born in Kenya", "Obama hates America", "Obama palls around with terrorists" and blah blah blah during the election. Move on a little further in time after his being President for a year and its, "Death Panels", Fema Training Camps to indoctrinate our youth", "Obama is leading us into a Islamist takeover", "we must legislate agains Sharia Law".
Just before last years election, it was all about the terrors of "Obama's taking over healthcare", "Obama should show his birth cirtificate", "Obama is apologizing to the world", "Obama is Anti Jew", "Obama is ruining our country with trillions of dollars of debt" (claiming no culpability from repubs for The Bush years of racking up debt) more death panel claims and the list of scare tactics and false claims and etc. goes on and on and the Repub base and many others jumped aboard to sweep Repubs in on a claim of restoring jobs and all they've done is take away from the masses and given more to those with plenty.