Did the 'new civility' pass its expiration date already?

UPDATE: The PA GOP state committee meeting agenda is out. A judicial candidates forum is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Harrisburg Hilton and features candidates for Commonwealth and Superior Court. Saturday features speeches by Gov. Corbett. and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster. Sen. Toomey will send a video message.

Remember all the way back to last month when U.S. Rep. Gabriel Giffords was gunned down in a Tucson shopping mall parking lot and the political world joined hands and said: "Bring on the new civility" (and for heaven's sake, drop the gun metaphors?)

Pennsylvania's GOP Party chief Rob Gleason apparently didn't get the memo.

The party's latest fundraising solicitation is riddled with military, hunting and firearms metaphors directed at Democrats. "They''ll be watching like a hawk" "They won't be licking their wounds, It casts Republicans as "freedom fighters."

Perhaps most blatantly, Gleason writes of the Democrats "They put targets on the backs of each of our 5 Republican freshmen the morning after Election Day." But that's not all. a postscript warns that former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and former Gov. Rendell may be "orchestrating" a Democratic comeback, "we can be certain that Pennsylvania republicans are in the cross-hairs." 

Remember Sarah Palin's target sights on Gabby Giffords and other Democrats she and her supporters hoped to "take out?"

The state Republican Party holds its annual Lincoln Day dinner event Friday night at the Hilton in Harrisburg. The keynote speaker is U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC).






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