By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) – If you think it’s been a rough ride for the Republican candidates during this campaign season, just wait. This will be seen as child’s play once the general election campaign begins.
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: The war of words between President Obama and his campaign supporters versus the eventual Republican nominee and his supporters will be fierce.
I was thinking about that during last night’s Arizona Republican debate on CNN. The rhetoric against Obama was intense:
Mitt Romney: “I don’t think we’ve seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious intolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama.”
Rick Santorum: “He’s afraid to stand up to Iran. He opposed the sanctions in Iran against the central banks until his own party finally said: ‘You’re killing us. Please support these sanctions.’ ”
Newt Gingrich: “I think this is a very sober period, and I believe this is the most dangerous president on national security grounds in American history.”
And that’s just for starters. Just wait for what’s coming.
By the way, the president and his supporters will not be shy in fighting back.
And like the Republicans, they will have hundreds of millions of dollars to finance attack ads.
Get ready for a brutal political season.