The neocons use fear of this or that to keep the political right motivated to support them. It's a shame that so many are taken in by the propaganda ... Think of all the fear mongering they have been doing since G.W. Bush took office. The latest is that after eight years of "deficits don't matter" and nearly collapsing our financial system, the neocons suddenly became concerned with the deficit and have been hard at work instilling fear of Democratic fiscal policies with the promise that Republicans, the ones who got us into this mess, are the only ones who can fix it. It's a load of crap. But, fear mongering pays off. Unfortunately, many on the right are quick to follow because they believe that if they hear it on Fox News or right wing talk radio, it must be the truth ... and no one is likely to sway them from that belief.
So it's not a red scare that's going on. It's just the neocons putting fear into the hearts of as many Republicans as they can. Next week it could be something different. But, one thing you can be sure of ... the neocons will continuously strive to keep fear alive in one form or another as a way to maintain support from rank and file Republicans.