There are a few more Republicans in leadership positions stepping up to call Birtherism bunk and much to my surprise Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is one of the most emphatic in her rejection of it.
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) appeared Monday night on CNN’s John King, USA to discuss her recent veto of a “birther bill” — a piece of legislation requiring candidates for public office to submit proof of U.S. citizenship to the state Secretary of State before they could appear on the state’s ballot. And despite the issue’s appeal to the GOP’s Tea Party base, Brewer had nothing good to say about the bill.
“Well, you know, it seems to me that we have talked about this issue now going on probably two years, and that I believe that most people have reached out and they did their investigations, and it’s become such a huge distraction,” said Brewer. “I for one, I believe that what I have seen, and after speaking with governor — or the prior governor of Hawaii — that indeed he [Obama] was born in Hawaii.
“It’s just something that I think is leading our country down a path of destruction, and it just is not serving any good purpose.Brewer, who previously served as Arizona’s Secretary of State, also said of the bill’s provisions: “It was a bridge way too far to give one person in the state of Arizona — a partisan person at that — the ability to keep a person off the ballot. And it wasn’t just the President of the United States — it was all the way down the path of all elected officials.
“So, it was something that I felt very uncomfortable with signing, having been a prior Secretary of State. And I think we just really need to move on. Everybody’s had two years to prove, if they wanted to, that he was not born in Hawaii. They haven’t come up with any of that kind of proof.”
Republican National committee Chairman Reince Priebus adds an “amen” to the choir.
“Trump and the candidates can talk about it all they want, but my position is that the president was born in the United States,” Priebus told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, CNN reports.
“I don’t think it’s an issue that moves voters,” Priebus added. “It’s an issue in my opinion that I don’t personally get too excited about, because I think the more important question is what’s going on in this country in regards to jobs, to debt, and the deficit and spending. Those are the things that people are worried about. People aren’t worried about these other issues.”
Make no mistake about it: Brewer and Priebus are no friends of the president and would like nothing better than to replace him in 2012. That’s fine, because that’s what they’re supposed to be trying to do.
Still, if more Republicans in positions of leadership were wiling to speak up and tell the single-issue candidates to shut up, Donald Trump would begin to fade from the headlines like a bad memory and the sooner the GOP is able to start a serious discussion in developing a strategy that takes on Obama based upon policy and his performance as president.
Give up a brief round of applause for Brewer and Priebus stepping up to say there is no there to Birtherism and candidates that exploit it are not helping the G.O.P. prospects in 2012.
Oblivious to his ever-increasing isolation, the Donald continues his scorched earth tactics against the president, but now with an nasty racist edge to it. Trump suggests Obama wasn’t smart enough to attend an Ivy League school.
“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible,” Trump told the Associated Press in an interview, a claim he’s made in the past but one he doubled down on by suggesting he’s probing that area of the president’s life.
“How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records,” he said, without providing backup for his claim.
Trump added, “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard.”
“We don’t know a thing about this guy,” Trump said. “There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”
Setting aside the overt race-baiting dog whistle behind Trump’s latest example of his mouth disengaging from his brain (How did a Black guy with a funny name get into Harvard when I, Donald Trump, have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and great White teeth and skin who can’t get into Harvard?) there is a simple answer to his simple-minded questions as Politico explains.
Obama transferred to Columbia University in 1981 from Occidental College, and graduated two years later. He graduated Harvard Law magna cum laude in 1991, after serving as editor of the prestigious Law Review.
But trust Pat Buchanan, Tricky Dick Nixon’s old butt boy and unrepentant Nazi sympathizer to come up with an answer for that one too.
“He’s probably affirmative action all the way,” Buchanan sieg heiled on Hardball.
The longer Trump flogs his hatred for Obama the more he exposes big fat red neck. It’s just his roundabout way of calling Obama a “nigger.” Why doesn’t he just say it and get it over with? He’ll feel better.
It’s not gonna do much to help his good relationship with “The Blacks” either.
This morning The White House released President Obama’s birth certificate. This will be the most scrutinized birth certificate in the history of the world.
It’s galling to a point the president had to do this. Obama tried to ignore the Birthers and then he tried to laugh them off, but finally he had to put this mess behind him. Not that this will stop Trump’s hee-hawing like the jack-ass he is. But then this release wasn’t for him and the other non-believers.
This was for all the independent and other voters who will look at Obama’s birth certificate and say, “Okay, this is a settled issue.”
This story is now OVER! (Nah. I don’t believe it either).