On the right tail of the bell curve, we find candidates for public office that are Birthers, or Birther sympathizers. Here’s a tour, but first a warning: Democrats are all too happy to paint their opponents as crazy, fringe, conspiracy theorists. The reader might want to do some careful analysis and fact checking before deciding for themselves whether any of the following fit the Birther category. I hyperlink to the sources I used.
We start, it appears, by taking Sharron Angle, Republican Senate candidate from Nevada off the list. Speculation swirled after an ambiguous answer on a radio show and an endorsement from the Alan Keyes’ Declaration Alliance posted on her web site. Angle told reporter Ed Morrissey “flat out” that she didn’t believe Barack Obama as born outside the United States, according to the Washington Post. The Declaration Alliance endorsement disappeared from her web site as well. Did she see the light, or the handwriting on the wall?
Bachmann (R-MN) is perhaps best known here for this pally photo with Birther Queen Orly Taitz and for them being friends on Facebook. Bachmann is going to be speaking at a conference hosted by Joseph (“Where’s the birth certificate?”) Farah in September. Is it a Birther conference? TPM Muckraker says so; Bachmann says no.
Buck is a Republican candidate for the US Senate from Colorado. According Ali Weinberg on the ABC News blog First Read blog, Buck supports “‘birther’ craziness.” Buck is also a fan of former Representative Tom Tancredo, who campaigned unsuccessfully for president in 2008 on an anti-immigration platform.
There’s little controversy over whether Hector Maldonado is a birther or not. This underdog candidate for the Republican Senate nomination in Missouri made quite a splash with his confrontation with Missouri Secretary of State Carnahan, where he asked for Barack Obama’s proof of citizenship
This Republican US Senator from Louisiana supports the Obama eligibility lawsuits although he says the he doesn’t have standing himself, according to TPM Muckraker.
There is a great deal of commentary coming out of what we might call moderate Republicans denouncing the crazies in their ranks. Since Bob Inglis is my Congressman, I thought I would end with what he said. The 6-term incumbent was defeated in the Republican primary. Now Inglis is speaking out against extremism in his own party in this AP interview (the following is a brief excerpt).
Inglis said the rhetoric … distracts from the real problems that politicians should be trying to resolve, such as budget deficits and energy security.
“It’s a real concern, because I think what we’re doing is dividing the country into partisan camps that really look a lot like Shia and Sunni,” he said, referring to the two predominant Islamic denominations that have feuded for centuries. “It’s very difficult to come together to find solutions.”…