Birtherism won’t die | TPMMuckraker

Why should I have any respect for a political party that harbors “birthers”? Some might object and argue I am declaring them guilty by association. Well, yeah. Be more forceful and bitch slap the idiots in your own party. You have no credibility with me as long as you associate yourself with people who are so wrapped up in their tiny little world, and so incapable of change, that they cannot accept such a glaringly and convincingly proven fact.

“There are many Republicans who feel that Barack Obama is not a ‘natural born citizen’ because his father was not an American when he was born and, therefore, feel that according to the Constitution he’s not qualified to be president, should not have been allowed to be elected by the Electoral College or even nominated by the Democratic Party in 2008, so this is an election year,” Racheter said.

North Carolina, meanwhile, boasts not one but two Republican Congressional candidates who’ve dabbled in birtherism.

Jim Pendergraph, who on July 17 will face fellow Republican Robert Pittenger in a Republican primary runoff for the state’s 9th District House seat, last month had Arpaio join for a campaign event, and said the following, when asked about Obama’s birth certificate.

“I have reason to be suspicious,” Pendergraph said, according to The Huffington Post. “But I don’t know. I haven’t seen the facts. I think there’s a lot of smoke and generally when there’s smoke there’s got to be fire somewhere.”

Earlier in April, Republican Richard Hudson, now facing a primary run off in North Carolina’s 8th District, raised his own questions about Obama’s citizenship at a Tea Party forum.

“There’s no question President Obama is hiding something on his citizenship,” Hudson said, according to Roll Call. “And if you elect me to Congress to represent you, I’ll introduce legislation that requires any candidate for president or vice president to be certified by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as being a citizen.”

Asked later about the comments by Roll Call, Hudson explained that “there’s a lot of people that think that he’s not a citizen. I don’t know.”

“In the future, let’s just set a standard that if you’re going to run, you have to have your citizenship certified in advance and then you won’t have all this lingering, you know, questions and conspiracy theories and so forth,” he said.

Aspiring lawmakers aren’t the only ones playing this game. Three members of Congress have raised similar kinds of “concerns” over the last few months.

On May 12, at a fundraiser in Elbert County, Colorado, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) told a crowd that he didn’t know if Barack Obama was born in the United States of America.

“I don’t know that,” he said. “But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”

Coffman later apologized, releasing a statement saying, “I misspoke and I apologize.”

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