In a perfect confluence of all the current toxic elements of the GOP:

Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to "Waterboard Barack Obama" – material that offended even state GOP leaders.

Not a lone protestor or crowd member. Not a fringe nut on Free Republic. On the official Republican website in the state capitol of the most populous state in the Union. This is why the GOP has to be defeated this time. For the sake of a decent conservatism. There's hypocrisy here too:

When reached for comment Tuesday, Craig MacGlashan – head of the Sacramento County Republican Party – owned up to these and other characterizations of Obama.

How curious.

A few weeks ago, MacGlashan spoke out publicly against anti-Obama vandalism around town.

But now, he's OK with the words "Waterboard Barack Obama" that were displayed prominently on sacramentorepublicans.org?

Maybe if someone had painted "Waterboard Barack Obama" on the side of a building, MacGlashan would be outraged. On the Internet? Not so much.