Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Republican = Birther

Would everyone please stop pretending that the Republican Party is sane? From TPM:

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), who is running for Senate to take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, told a tea party town hall last month that the federal government should establish an official committee to review presidential candidates’ birth certificates. . . .

“Sure. I mean, I think — you know, I think, throw something at me if you want, I think with this president, the book is closed, all right?” Hoekstra [said]. “It’s kind of like, I hate to say it, but I think the debate’s over — we lost that debate, and we lost that debate in 2008, when our presidential nominee said, ‘I ain’t talking about it.’ OK, I’m sorry.

“But I do now believe that I’d like to establish a three-person office in Washington, D.C., OK — knowing it, we’ll go to five (audience laughs). But there’s no reason why we should have this kind of question, you know, for the president of the United States. So that at any future election, all right, that someone would have to walk into that office, and prove that they meet the minimum qualifications to be president of the United States.”

Pete Hoekstra isn’t some random knuckle-dragger from the boonies. He’s a major player in the Republican establishment, and he’s scared to death of the birthers — with good reason. I’d estimate that at least half the delegates at this year’s Republican National Convention will be birthers, near-birthers, or after-birthers, though few of them will admit it in front of anyone intelligent. (Note: A person says, “The issue of Barack Obama’s citizenship is a distraction” is a birther.)

The media won’t report that the inmates have taken over the GOP asylum. (Telling the truth wouldn’t be fair and balanced.) But Mitt Romney knows what’s happening within his party. That’s why he’s hanging out with Donald Trump. He can’t afford to disrespect the kooks.

They’re his base, whether he likes it or not.

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