Unfortunately, the GOP discourse recently has been somewhat less than civil. Or, to put it more accurately, it's been highly inflammatory.
As the Right sees it, Obama is not simply a well-meaning but wrong-headed opponent. Oh no. He's a secret terrorist with evil intentions who is set on handing the nation over to Islamic terrorists. Or somebody.
Here's how that logic plays itself out, taken from today's Scranton Times-Tribune:
Chris Hackett addressed the increasingly feisty crowd as they await the arrival of Gov. Palin.
Each time the Republican candidate for the seat in the 10th Congressional District mentioned Barack Obama the crowd booed loudly.
One man screamed "kill him!"