3. I did the same thing, reached the same conclusion
I came away with the realization that conservatives are, generally, stupid people who are easily trained and led around on leashes. They will believe ANYONE is a ravening, frothing socialist. It's like they're programmed to believe any and all such appellations. I've even successfully convinced a few that Ronald Reagan was a gibbering communist, rather than just a gibbering dumbfuck.