Anderson, South Carolina, is a small city of about 183,000 people in northwest South Carolina, near the Georgia border, in an area we call “The Upstate.” For a lot of my life, Anderson was not far from where I lived, and one of the places to eat and shop. It’s convenient to the recreational opportunities of Lake Hartwell and I have friends there.
Anderson County went for John McCain (66%) over Barack Obama (33%) in the 2008 election, so it’s no liberal stronghold.
Anyway, I did a double take when the Anderson newspaper, the Anderson Independent, popped up as I was trolling the Internet for media coverage of all things Obama conspiratorial. On March 9, 2011, the Independent carried an article on the so-called “birther bills” in nearby Georgia. This is what they said about those questions on Obama’s birth place:
Since the “birther” questions started in 2008, this particular conspiracy theory has been discussed, disputed, delivered with stern expressions by talking heads and eventually debunked so many times that another wingnut theory sprung up about where it all began: with Hillary Clinton. Apparently Clinton was so desperate to win the primary, her only recourse was to cast doubt on Obama’s citizenship. Who comes up with this stuff?
Yes, folks, they said “wingnut!”
Then the paper gave the bad news to potential presidential candidates from South Carolina (listen up Lindsey Graham):
According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Vital Records division, a computer-generated long-form in our state includes much of that information but does not provide (or require) witness signatures, the time of birth, a specific hospital (only the city) or the name of the attending physician. Thus, if Georgia’s legislation passes,no South Carolina natives need apply to run on the Georgia ballot for president or vice president.
The Anderson Independent is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company.