How will the GOP Handle the Birther Issue?

April 22, 2011

I thought the birther movement would be short lived, but it continues today. I thought that after the certificate of live birth was shown to the public and deemed good enough to prove a live birth in legal proceedings (which is what it says on the certificate), I thought the issue was dead. I thought that after two newspaper articles announced the birth was in Hawaii, this would all go away. I was wrong.

As the AP reports, many republicans candidates believe that Obama was born in America. But they have to be careful what they say because a recent New York Times-CBS News poll showed that 45% of adult republicans think Obama was born elsewhere. Evidently the republican politicians who believe he was born in America are too chicken $h%t to tell the wacko members of their party to grow up and shut up.

According to the AP, here is how the GOP field is handling the birther question.

Trump‘s leap to the top tier of potential GOP presidential contenders in recent polls has frustrated party leaders who’d like the birthplace issue to go away.

Party leaders can make it go away. They can come out and say to the birthers, if you continue to promote this ridiculous idea, we will expose you for the nuts you are. Trump, he is a modern day P.T. Barnum. He loves to hear himself talk, but has no experience and evidently he is willing to snuggle up to crazies to validate his candidacy. He states it’s weird that no one remembers Obama during his childhood, but he has friends today who will remember him. Let’s see. A blowhard kid with a rich father versus a thoughtful and quiet guy who came from a humble background. No wonder they remembered “The Donald.”

The House’s top Republicans -Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor – say they are satisfied that Obama was born in Hawaii. But they have declined to criticize those who state otherwise, and Boehner has said it’s not his job to tell Americans what to think.

Boehner. Your a politician, that’s all you do is tell Americans how to think. Here’s a for instance. You believe Paul Ryan’s budget is good and Obama’s budget is bad. Were you not aware that you were telling Americans what to think when you said that?

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour accepts the president’s word about his birthplace, his staff said.

When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos showed a copy of Obama’s birth certificate to Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who was ambivalent at first, she said: “Well, then, that should settle it. … I take the president at his word.”

This idea of I’ll take the president’s word seems to crop up a lot. It’s a way to say, I believe he was born in America, but I’m not going to dismiss the claims of the birthers.

Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin gave mixed signals in a recent Fox News appearance. She praised Trump for “paying for researchers” to dig into claims of Obama’s foreign birth. But she added, “I think that he was born in Hawaii because there was a birth announcement put in the newspaper.”

Wow, on two accounts. One, It must have been nice to have the money to hire researchers who ended up finding nothing. Further, may we see that research?. Two, Governor Palin, if the birth announcement is all it took for you to believe Obama was born in America, we’ve known about that for a long time. Just for the record, there were two different birth announcements.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has dismissed claims that Obama is foreign-born, calling them a distraction. But on a February radio show, Huckabee referred to Obama “having grown up in Kenya,” the birthplace of the president’s father.

Obama grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia. A spokesman said Huckabee’s statement was simply a mistake.

Quite a mistake Governor.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told an Iowa audience, “I’m not one to question the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.” He added a little jab: “When you look at his policies, I do question what planet he’s from.”

Pawlenty seems confused. The answer is Obama is from Earth. You are one to talk. Your from Minnesota the land of Ventura and Bachman. For the last three months I’ve been living 20 minutes from Minnesota. It’s kind of like Earth.

Aides to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said voters have not asked him about the birthplace question and he has not discussed it.

Newt, are you just in denial, or are you really that unimportant.

“It’s a real challenge for the Republican Party and virtually every Republican candidate for president,” contends Democratic pollster Geoff Garin. If it’s not handled well, he said, all-important independent voters might see Republicans as extreme or irrelevant.

So far, I’d say they are not handling it well at all.

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