AT LEAST HE RESISTED THE URGE TO STOMP ON HER HEAD…. If we could just go a few days without reports of an angry conservative assaulting a young progressive woman, I’d sure appreciate it.

A 72-year-old man was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly assaulting a 23-year-old activist protesting Dino Rossi’s Republican campaign for Senate in Washington state, according to local reports.

The incident occurred outside GOP headquarters in Walla Walla County where the demonstrator, Christie Stordeur, was “one of five protesters standing about 40 feet from the entrance of the office,” according to the Tri-City Herald.

Stordeur and the other protesters “were wearing bags over their heads and holding a sign that looked like a check.” That’s when Victor Phillips, according to a Sheriff’s deputy on scene, walked over to Stordeur to “lift her bag off her head.” When Stordeur “lifted her arm in defense,” Phillips hit it “with ‘force.’”

The Herald reports that the deputy on scene “immediately stepped between the two and arrested Phillips on a charge of investigation of assault.”

I did some cursory poking around to see if the young woman was injured, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

But that hardly makes stories like this any better. That we’ve seen more than one of the incidents reinforces the notion of a larger problem.

Josh Marshall added, “What stands out to me though is how each one of these seems to be a nutshell symbolism of the boiled down essence — the precipitate — of blue and red state America, almost to a degree we wouldn’t buy from a writer if we found it in a novel.”

Amanda Terkel, who put together a helpful round-up of related incidents, also reported this afternoon, “This election season, a man was arrested for hitting a protester at a rally for Washington GOP Senate candidate Dino Rossi, a man stomped on the head of a woman at a campaign event for Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul, local police wrestled to the ground a Democratic man at an event for Rep. Eric Cantor (R), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) received suspicious powder to his office, biker supporters of Florida GOP congressional candidate Allen West harassed a Democratic tracker and Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller’s private security force handcuffed and detained a reporter.

“And all that was in just the past two weeks.”

I realize it’s an election season. Passions are running high and the right-wing Republican base has been whipped into a frenzy, but with public safety in mind, here’s hoping things settle down soon.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.