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It seems like my computer has a political virus.

I'm on a lot of e-mail lists and part of a large number of Twitter groups relating to politics.  In the past, I've considered myself a Republican with a strongly-held opinion that the best government is the one that governs least.

I've worked in and around politics all of my adult life, some as a newspaper reporter and a chunk as a legislative staffer.

Many of my Republican friends believe that the road to hell is paved with Democrats and vice versa.  The back-and-forth rhetoric is ugly and devoid of any respect for each other.  It's easy to buy into this partisan mindset.

I was invited to be a guest-blogger on the PBC show Off The Record with Tim Skubick and the liberal bloggers climbed down my throat as soon as the red light of the camera went on.  Their attitude seemed to be that the only good Republican is a dead one because they are tools of satan.

I might lose more weight than I want this year because of the rhetoric.  It makes me want to vomit.  Is that what the political parties want?  How about you?  What's your reaction to the level of the political discussion?