Just because Saul Anuzis has left the Michigan Republican Party doesn't mean that we can't still kick him around a little bit.
According to The New York Times for Monday (April 20, 2009), Republicans have given up calling President Obama a "liberal" or even a "socialist" because those names no longer sound bad enough. So he's switching to calling Obama a "fascist," not because Obama really is a fascist, but because Saul thinks it will make people think Obama is bad.
The story says:
"We've so overused the word 'socialism' that it no longer has the negative connotation it had 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago," Mr. Anuzis said. "Fascism — everybody still thinks that’s a bad thing."
Sure, Saul says he doesn't really mean that Obama is a "fascist," only that what he does is "fascism."
Either way, it's not a tactic that is likely to find much appeal with independent-minded voters.