The final two nights of the Republican National Convention were blowouts, so much so that it had to scare the hell out of the Dirty Dems. Even I was impressed by Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and, of course, Paul Ryan. And, yes, it was clear that Ryan’s boldness has helped Mitt Romney immensely, because MittMan gave the speech of his life.

So the last thing in the world I want to do is rain on the Republicans’ parade. Nevertheless, I am obliged to point out a critical mistake I believe the GOP continues to make.

Overall, thanks for the most part to Paul Ryan, Republicans have taken an unexpectedly aggressive approach in pushing back against the lecherous lies and gutter rhetoric of the Dirty Dems, for which I commend them. But Charlie Brown storm clouds started forming over my television set when Marco Rubio said, “Our problem with President Obama isn’t that he’s a bad person. … Our problem is he’s a bad president.”

Shades of MittMan blurting out, for no apparent reason, that the most hateful president in U.S. history is “a nice guy.” Most Republicans cannot seem to shake the timid posture that has long been their trademark in dealing with the intimidation tactics of the far left.

This may not seem like a big deal to most Republicans, but it’s a very big deal to Democrats, because they have long relied on the Republicans’ apologetic, groveling demeanor to aid them in their drive to continually move America to the left.

Attention all Republicans who are obsessed with civility: There are genuinely bad people in this world! By bad people, I’m referring to those mean-spirited souls whose intentions are to inflict as much pain as possible on those they perceive to be their enemies.

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Which brings me to Barack Obama and “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” The record is all too clear that the Master of the Forked Tongue is a very bad guy – a serpent who has no qualms about feigning patriotism, feigning respect for American troops, feigning a belief in capitalism and, above all, feigning love for America – all while keeping his focus on carrying out the collectivist dreams of his father.

Republicans, of course, are not angels. But, hard as it is for libertarians and anarcho-capitalists to accept, most Republicans are, for the most part, pretty decent, civilized folks. Oh, sure, from time to time they dabble in lying, cheating and deception. But, to their credit, overall they tend to follow an unwritten code of conduct whereby they do not set out to first humiliate, then destroy, those who disagree with them.

Of course, one could argue that because Barack Obama’s belief in the moral justification of taking from “the rich” and giving to “the poor” is sincere, he is not really a bad person. But that argument doesn’t fly, because such a belief means that he favors freedom for the poor but tyranny for the rich. And when you believe it’s OK to commit aggression against anyone – rich or poor – that, by my definition, makes you a bad person.

Why is it important to make this point? Because after four years of lawlessness by Barack Obama and his collectivist chums in Congress, millions of Americans are still in denial about him – including some of the biggest names in the Republican Party.

In his book “The 12-Step Guide for the Recovering Obama Voter,” Craig S. Karpel, himself once a community organizer intent on bringing down the capitalist system, explains that this denial by “Obamaholics” is a result of a severe “political addiction.”

Which brings us to the 5-6 percent of voters who have not yet made up their minds about whom to vote for Nov. 6. Anyone who has not yet eliminated Obama as an option is either a totally committed Marxist, has been living on Mars the past four years, or is an Obamaholic who has not yet gone through rehab.

The people who should be working hardest to rehabilitate Obamaholics are high-profile Republicans, starting at the top with Mitt Romney. Which means you can’t be saying idiotic, dishonest things like “Barack Obama is a nice guy” or “Our problem with President Obama isn’t that he’s a bad person.”

I understand that Republicans don’t want to speak about Obama’s malevolence for fear of turning off the pampered, uninformed, still-hung-over voters who, as obscene as it may seem, will decide who will rule you and me. But that doesn’t mean they have to go out of their way to lie to the American public by saying Obama is not a bad person or that he’s a nice guy. It’s important to know your enemy, and, in that regard, Republicans would do well to read (or reread) Obama’s playbook, “Rules for Radicals.”

In that foul but brilliant masterpiece, Saul Alinsky emphasizes the importance of never giving your enemies credit for anything, no matter how obvious it is that they’ve done something good. The thinking is that when you say something nice about your opponent, it puts a positive thought into the subconscious minds of the mindless.

In the case of Obama, that’s something Republicans can’t afford to do, because, as hard as it is to believe, more than 50 percent of the public still has a favorable opinion of him. Which means they are in denial. So when Obama’s foes say he’s a good guy, it could be just enough of a nudge for the undecided hollow heads to hand him a victory in the upcoming election.

Is it possible for Republicans to repress their white guilt and dispense with the good-guy comments? Maybe; maybe not. We shall see. It’s a scary thought, but what if high-profile Republicans are themselves closet Obamaholics who simply can’t control their adoration for this mysterious son of a Luo tribesman from Kenya?

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