It's neither surprising nor disheartening that Obama will stoop to any low to try to delegitimize the Republicans. That's politics; after all, that's what the Republicans should be doing to the Democrats, who truly deserve to be vilified and crushed. I say BRING IT ON. The Republicans should tell it like it is, say that Obama is a hateful, traitorous menace, and PROVE it, the evidence is overwhelming. You're right when you say the question is whether the Republicans are up to the task, but it is quite obvious they are not; they are shallow, weak, cowards.