Image shows Obama with gunshot wound to head,

Not sure why anyone would think the following would be in good taste, even for Halloween:Conservative and liberal groups are condemning this image produced by the Loudoun County, Va. Republican Party which shows the President Barack Obama with a gunshot wound to the head.

The message, with the subject line “Halloween 2011,” invites supporters to a community parade where “we are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy.”  It also features a caricature of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a jack-o-lantern, and cartoons of zombies.

The email was first reported by the blog Too Conservative, which said the group had gone “way too far” and should be reported to the U.S. Secret Service.

Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee, explained that the email was a “light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”

“Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the President as a victim of a violent crime.  Nothing could be further from the truth,” Sell said in a statement. “We deeply and sincerely apologize to the President and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left.”

It’s cute when Republicans create images that depict and implicitly support the shooting of a president. This type of action 10 years ago would have been quickly condemned by both sides as unpatriotic and  labeled as a terroristic threat against the president. It’s amazing how patriotism and supporting the office of the presidency, no matter the party affiliation of the commander-in-chief, can fall on deaf ears when Republicans hold no executive power.

UPDATE: NBC Washington is reporting Robert Jesionowski, the communications director for the county Republican committee, resigned his post this morning.

“I will not excuse my missing the connotation of the zombie pic of the president,” Jesionowski wrote to LCRC Chairman Mark Sell. “(Found it online, very late, while I was hastily putting the Halloween email together.) This was in bad taste, does not reflect my own principles nor those of any political activist or candidate I know in either party, and if I had reflected a little longer I would have caught it. A different pic ought to have gone out.”