Wasn’t this settled once and for all, when President Barack Obama released a copy of his official long form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii? Apparently, not to the satisfaction of a small but insistent flat-earth contingent within the Republican Party.
In Arizona, Secretary of State Ken Bennett is demanding that Hawaii provide him with proof of Obama’s birth certificate, or he’ll be forced to strike Obama from the ballot there. Bennett reportedly took the action based on requests contained in 1200 e-mails his office received.
But that’s Arizona, after all, the state that’s home to Sheriff Joe Arapaio, he of the Cold Case Posse. One suspects that all that hot dessert sun might impair peoples’ ability to think rationally.
But in Iowa, where we’d expect people to have good old Midwestern common sense, there’s actually room for crazy right in the state party platform.
“There are many Republicans who feel that Barack Obama is not a ‘natural born citizen’ because his father was not an American when he was born and, therefore, feel that according to the Constitution he’s not qualified to be president, should not have been allowed to be elected by the Electoral College or even nominated by the Democratic Party in 2008, so this is an election year. It’s a shot at him,” Don Racheter, state chairman of the Iowa GOP’s 2012 platform committee, told Radio Iowa.