Editorial - Lawmakers Head Warily for Home - NYTimes.com Fearing political hangover, Republican leaders are disassociating themselves from extremists on their flanks. But the record includes too many provocative comments from party officials. Lets start getting Nancy ready for the firing line this weekend, Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee chairman, declared before the debate. Harmless rhetoric from Republicans in their relentless demonization of Speaker Nancy Pelosi? Who can say? Representative John Boehner, the House minority leader, pronounced one Democrat a dead man for supporting reform, later explaining that he meant that politically. Mr. Boehner had talked of Armageddon stalking the nation because of the Democrats. And even when he denounced violence directed at members as unacceptable, Mr. Boehner stressed, as if in explanation, I know many Americans are angry over this health care bill. [/b] We now know where these rightwing extremists take their examples from.