Posted by Brad @ 11:13 am on April 26th 2011

Where are the Republicans Denouncing Birtherism?

Well, here’s one:

“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. 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.

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.

So, it just seems to me that it’s more political rhetoric, and that it takes the ball off the kinds of subjects that we all ought to be discussing, and that would be jobs and the economy.”

I can’t tell what it says about anything that the voice of reason and, god help us, political courage in this case, is Jan Brewer.


  1. This is a question akin to “where are the Muslims condemning terrorism?” There have been many, from the outset; however, that doesn’t fit the narrative, so they have generally been ignored. And now that the sentiment is coming from all corners, including the likes of Brewer and Coulter, suddenly what used to be a matter of decency is suddenly alleged to be a matter of political opportunism.

    Birtherism is at the TOP of my “I don’t care about…” list. I don’t know why we ought to give this “controversy” any more time than we give the discussion of evolution.

    Comment by Rojas — 4/26/2011 @ 11:50 am

  2. I’m more or less in the same boat (for the record, I could give a shit about Trutherism too). And the muslim analogy is a good one, although in the specific cases of a Republican politician NOT explicitly saying essentially what Brewer did, I think it’s worth noting. Not because Birtherism is itself a problem, but it is kind of an interesting water test for how unwilling a politician is to do something that they perceive as possibly pissing of base voters. A McCain 2000 might say what Brewer did – I promise you a McCain 2008 would not. And that’s worth illustrating, even though the Birther data point is a relatively small one in that regard. I automatically gain a little more respect for Jan Brewer, or a little more respect for Newt Gingrich, when the matter comes up.

    Comment by Brad — 4/26/2011 @ 1:02 pm

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