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Columnist George Will calls birthers “weird”

In his Sunday Washington Post Column, noted conservative columnist George Will said:

Americans, who pay scant attention to presidential politics at this point in the electoral cycle, must nevertheless be detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party.

Will used the example of Mike Huckabee’s remarks on the Steve Malzberg talk radio program where Huckabee raised questions about President Obama’s background and said, “why, Mr. Obama, did you spend millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate?” [Obama published his birth certificate in 2008.]

While Huckabee retracted his obviously false statement on the show that Barack Obama was raised in Kenya, he did not retract his nonsense about birth certificates, college records and medical records. Radio host Malzberg called Will an “elitist conservative”.

I’d pick an elitist conservative over an idiot any day of the week.

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5 Responses to Columnist George Will calls birthers “weird”

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    Stanislaw March 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I’d pick an elitist conservative over an idiot any day of the week.

    Maybe if more Republican primary voters felt this way I wouldn’t be forced to vote a straight party ticket in every election.

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    Slartibartfast March 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Stanislaw:
    I’d pick an elitist conservative over an idiot any day of the week.

    Maybe if more Republican primary voters felt this way I wouldn’t be forced to vote a straight party ticket in every election.

    We need more like you (people who will vote Democratic until the grownups regain control of the Republican party…).

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    US Citizen March 12, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    I find it amusing that “elite” is a nasty word to them.
    I always believed it to be people that were the best at something.
    Weren’t these the same people concerned about Iraq’s scary “Elite National Guard” back in the first gulf war?
    Would they be happier if people were considered “couch potatoes” instead of elite?
    (I know I’d rather drive a Lotus Elite than a Lotus Couch Potato.)

    With all this anti-intellectualism and disdain for career (experienced) politicians, it sounds like they’d prefer your basic fast food worker to be their representatives in Washington.
    Instead of pork bills, they could simply say “would you like fries with that?”

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    Joey March 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    US Citizen:
    I find it amusing that “elite” is a nasty word to them.
    I always believed it to be people that were the best at something.
    Weren’t these the same people concerned about Iraq’s scary “Elite National Guard” back in the first gulf war?
    Would they be happier if people were considered “couch potatoes” instead of elite?
    (I know I’d rather drive a Lotus Elite than a Lotus Couch Potato.)

    With all this anti-intellectualism and disdain for career (experienced) politicians, it sounds like they’d prefer your basic fast food worker to be their representatives in Washington.
    Instead of pork bills, they could simply say “would you like fries with that?”

    Were George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, common people? Were they not the “elites” of 18th century America?

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    Stanislaw March 13, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Joey: Were George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, common people? Were they not the “elites” of 18th century America?

    The “elitism” argument goes hand-in-hand with the teleprompter smears…anything that this President does that can be seen as intelligent is frowned upon by the right. They’d rather say “uppity” but that would probably be seen as going a bit too far, even for today’s conservatives.