Most political junkies by now have heard the term “Truthers,” the far-left-fringe nuts who think that the George W. Bush Administration was responsible for 9/11. Just about everybody sane on the political left – and certainly every Democratic elected official of any prominence – 100% discredits the Truther bunch as nuts. Politically, they are an embarrassment.
I’m curious, for those conservatives and Republicans on RMG, do the “Birthers” similarly embarrass you? Or, perhaps, do you still question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and/or maintain any hint of a doubt as to where he was born?
I bring this up because, after some hiatus, the Birth Certificate is back in the news thanks to Rick Perry’s, let’s say, “uncertainty” about President Obama’s birthplace:
Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.
That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”-
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.
But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I?
You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.
That came up.
And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real.
And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.
This isn’t a fringe nut (like the random Truthers on the left). This borderline-Birther is a “serious” candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. And he “doesn’t have any idea” if our current President is telling the truth or lying about his birthplace and the authenticity of his birth certificate.
Imagine if a Democratic candidate for President declared that he or she thought that George W. Bush was actually behind 9/11 – that this hypothetical Democratic Presidential candidate was a “Truther”. He or she would be laughed off the stage and out of the mainstream.
So I’m curious if Birthers in general embarrass you as a conservative and/or Republican – and if it further embarrasses you that Rick Perry, a possible Republican nominee for President, is flirting with Birtherism. Thoughts?