Let’s see how GQ I can keep this OP (and hope the thread follows suit).
There is a fairly common ad hominem that attacks Obama and his supporters based on his perceived popularity. I’m going to assume you are familiar with it — but if not, it’s a trivial matter to point to example uses here and elsewhere.
Is there a summary of how this meme got started and popularized? Since this is GQ, please refrain from partisan claims of obviousness, that it’s a natural outcome of a messiah complex, or vague, unsupported references to a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. It’s not that I don’t mind getting off track (this is good fodder for both GD and the Pit), but I’m hoping to keep it in GQ long enough to get a factual answer.