It's been a long political season in Wisconsin - about 20 months long - and a contentious one at that. However, a recent incident where a Muskego man's Barack Obama yard sign was set on fire has Bill Schuele wondering where polite political discourse has gone.
"It reminded me of Mississippi in the '50s," Schuele told Muskego Now, referring to the civil rights unrest throughout the south.
Police reported that it was likely the fire, which was set around 11 p.m. on Saturday, was aided by a small amount of a flammable liquid like gasoline.
Muskego Police Capt. Craig Moser told Muskego Patch that witnesses had seen a black sedan leaving the scene, but no further detail was available.
Schuele told Muskego Now he blamed "extremism whipped up by talk shows that spread negativity onto the stage of ideas."
Aside from blackened grass and the obvious loss of the sign, no other damage was caused by the blaze. Schuele has said that he plans on replacing the sign.