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More birther toxicity

A major Southern newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, withdrew its endorsement of Republican candidate Jim Pendergraph following birther comments made by him and his support for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Observer wrote:

Pendergraph pandered further this week by saying he has “reason to be suspicious” about whether President Obama was born in the United States. “… Generally when there’s smoke, there’s got to be fire somewhere,” he said, even as he acknowledged “I haven’t seen the facts.”

It all gives one the sense that Pendergraph will say whatever a given audience wants to hear, if it will help him get elected. That makes how he would act in Congress a mystery.

Generally, I don’t have much to say about politicians who make birther-friendly remarks – politicians say all sorts of things; however, when it loses them a high-profile endorsement like this, I think it deserves mention.

Major Southern newspapers are definitely not birther friendly, with significant criticism coming from The State (South Carolina’s newspaper of record) and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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14 Responses to More birther toxicity

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    Lupin May 5, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    Frankly it’s a cancer on your body politic because it aims at delegitimizing a president, cripples democracy (since it ignores the result of popular elections) and cripples the existence of a legitimate and sane conservative party your country needs (in a 2-party system).

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    bovril May 5, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I think we are seeing a distinct push back from southern states who (rightly) see the Birfoon meme as a manifestation of carpet-bagging.

    There may be a dislike, distaste and outright opposition to a Democratic party President, but having outsiders coming in state and making a monkey of their state is a stronger tactical cause to fight against.

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    gorefan May 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    In the comments section of the article David Farrar of Georgia Administrative Law Hearing fame, posts his future intentions:

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    As you know, the state appeals court stated that our action was premature, that we didn’t have standing to challenge Obama’s name on Georgia Presidential Preference Primary ballot.

    My present plan is to file another challenge against Obama’s name being placed on Georgia’s general ballot to avoid that particular problem. In addition, I will be adding even more evidence to impeach Obama prima facie birth certificate evidence.

    In addition, if Mitt Romney is the Republican Party presidential nominee; I will also be challenging his name being placed on the Georgia ballot, as he is not a natural born Citizen as well. If Romney allows Sen. Rubio on his ticket; he will also be challenged.

    But thanks for asking. Wish me luck. As always, we Tea Party birthers will be fighting to defend the Constitution from those who would sacrifice its collective wisdom for their own.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

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    I certainly hope that in any future pleadings, he remembers to cite Judge Mahili’s ruling along with Tisdale v. Obama, Allen v. Obama, ect.

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    misha May 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    “In addition, if Mitt Romney is the Republican Party presidential nominee; I will also be challenging his name being placed on the Georgia ballot, as he is not a natural born Citizen as well. If Romney allows Sen. Rubio on his ticket; he will also be challenged.

    Wish me luck.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar”

    David, if you are reading this, I want you to know I agree with you 100%. I do wish you luck, or as we say “mit glick und mazel.”

  5. avatar
    Paper May 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Dear Birthers, when you smell smoke, first check the forest fire between your own ears…

  6. avatar
    EDOSSA KENEA May 6, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Presidant Obama life with out you; i myself.

  7. avatar
    Majority Will May 6, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    EDOSSA KENEA: Presidant Obama life with out you; i myself.

    Infuriate low-paid, smooth beauty. My flies.

  8. avatar
    EDOSSA KENEA May 6, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    With out you; Quote.

  9. avatar
    EDOSSA KENEA May 6, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Hillary Chilinton whould you show me your parsonality!

  10. avatar
    Majority Will May 6, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    EDOSSA KENEA: With out you; Quote.

    Thou quiet, you two.

  11. avatar
    Majority Will May 6, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    EDOSSA KENEA: Hillary Chilinton whould you show me your parsonality!

    Yo-ho-ho! Unlucidly win a hearty thrill! Poisonously warm.

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    Arthur May 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Majority Will: Yo-ho-ho! Unlucidly win a hearty thrill! Poisonously warm.

    Quixotic turtles–may they run heart felt? prolix sugar frosting agrees.

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    Majority Will May 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Arthur: prolix sugar frosting agrees

    Faux pas or triggerless groin?

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    JPotter May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Hmm…no active open thread? I’d like to share this, struggling to find an appropriate parking place. Apologies to the moderator:

    Science Friday got all Presidential today … discussing topics very relevant to birthers. Racial bias and voting … and best of all, a group calling for a Presidential debate on science!

    http://www.sciencedebate.org/

    Links to segments can be found at:

    http://sciencefriday.com/