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Democrats seize the birther issue

We’ve discussed the Democrats’ attack on Scott Brown in Massachusetts in his tight race with Martha Coakley. They claimed Brown was a “birther” based on a comment he made in televised debate, about the possibility that the President’s parents might not have been married. We’ve also talked about recent comments by the Lt. Governor of Tennessee, Ron Ramsey.

Now the Democratic party in South Carolina is going against Joe (“you lie!”) Wilson, calling him a “birther” too. This letter came from Jay Parmley, the Executive Director of the SC Democratic Party:

The news broke on the morning of the State of the Union: Joe Wilson is a birther. He won’t say if the President he’s already publicly disrespected was born in the United States or not. This is unacceptable. Help us defeat Joe Wilson in November.

In just 48 hours, over 1000 of you signed our petition to ask Joe to publicly clarify if he believes the President is a U.S. Citizen. We delivered it to his office this week, and so far, he hasn’t responded. This is unacceptable. Help us defeat Joe Wilson in November.

Joe is either a member of the lunatic fringe of American politics, or he’s too afraid of them to do his job. This is unacceptable. Help us defeat Joe Wilson in November.

Mr. Parmler didn’t say in this letter why he thinks Wilson is a birther, but it may stem from a comment Wilson made on a radio call-in show where he said:

“I was an election commissioner and so I always take seriously that when people file, that’s where that should have been brought up,” Wilson told the Kevin Cohen Show on December 21. “And it should have been brought up when he filed for president in the first state wherever it was and whichever had a primary where he should file. So that is a legal issue that should have been brought up at that time.”

This quotation, without further context, doesn’t prove Wilson is a birther. I might have said the same thing, and I have no doubts whatever where President Obama was born.

Meanwhile, on February 6, 2010 the WorldNetDaily web site published a list of what it calls “lawmakers … questioning eligibility of [the] president,” listing Ramsey, but not Wilson.

15 Responses to Democrats seize the birther issue

  1. avatar
    Steve February 6, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    I’m sure it’s just a typo, but it’s Scott Brown. I don’t think he’s a birther, though he supported a birther candidate for a house seat. (He since backtracked from that and Hudak later claimed he wasn’t really a birther).
    I do think the birthers helped Brown get elected, but I don’t think he’s one of them.

  2. avatar
    chufho February 7, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    I have no doubts whatever where President Obama was born.

    Then open your eyes

  3. avatar
    chufho February 7, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    I respectfully requested a REVERSAL of the trial court judgment sustaining the Respondents’ “demurrer,” which means that the defendant in a case does not dispute the truth of the allegations in the lawsuit, but claims that there are not sufficient legal grounds to justify a court granting relief.

  4. avatar
    brygenon February 7, 2010 at 12:52 am #

    chufho: I respectfully requested a REVERSAL of the trial court judgment sustaining the Respondents’ “demurrer,”

    I requested great musical talent.

    Mine wasn’t granted either.

  5. avatar
    Mary Brown February 7, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    I think if officials are careful to state a case based on a lawmakers behavior they can call out birthers and more importantly the cowards like Wilson who are willing to play with this issue.

  6. avatar
    richCares February 7, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    Hey chufho, fess up. You are an Obot putting on an air of stupidity simulating a birther to discredit birthers. It’s working, no one wants to be that stupid.

  7. avatar
    NbC February 7, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    Yes Chufho, open your eyes.

    Proclaiming to be wise, you have become a fool

  8. avatar
    NbC February 7, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    Bummer, still nothing…

  9. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 7, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Doctor Conspiracy: I have no doubts whatever where President Obama was born.
    chufho: Then open your eyes.

    I opened my eyes, and what did I see?

    http://hawaii.gov/health/about/pr/2009/09-063.pdf

  10. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 7, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Oops.

  11. avatar
    Scientist February 7, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    In honor of the Super Bowl let me offer this birther analogy, so simple that even the dumbest of the dumb (maybe even chufho) can understand it.

    Let’s say that at some point during the game there is a play that no one at the time thinks is controversial. Neither coach thinks to protest the referees’ decision and none of the experts sees anything noteworthy. Then, in April, as the baseball season is starting, a fan of the losing team who wasn’t even at the game, but merely watching at home, decides that the referees miscalled the play and that somehow the entire game turned on that play. This, despite the fact that films continue to show the referees’ call was correct. Moreover, the fan alleges a conspiracy involving the NFL, the media and the government. He demands that the game be replayed, even though the players are all relaxing on the golf course. This fan launches a website, multiple lawsuits and eagerly solicits donations on PayPal.

  12. avatar
    Black Lion February 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    That sums up the entire birther movement…

  13. avatar
    Patrick McKinnion February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    And I wanted a pony. Didn’t get that either.

  14. avatar
    misha February 8, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I just want an Afghan hound. Still waiting.

  15. avatar
    Bob Weber February 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    I wanted to be the next Sandy Koufax. Lack of ability was the only thing that held me back.