Hey Birthiers – progressives are very happy you choose to ignore:
- PolitiFact.com – Obama’s birth certificate: final chapter – Jun. 27, 2008
- Factcheck.org – Born in the USA – Aug. 21, 2008
- MediaMatters – NBC debunks Dobbs and Limbaugh’s birthier theories – July 22, 2009
- Glenn Beck – Birthier issue is the ‘dumbest thing I’ve ever heard” – 1/4/2010
- N.Y. Times – “Hawaii’s Governor” – Dec. 24, 2010
- Rep. Eric Cantor: ‘Birthers’ are wrong- Obama is a citizen” – Jan. 23, 2011
- CNN – “Debunking the birthier claims” – Apr. 15th, 2011
- Michele Bachmann – Says birth certificate provided ‘settles the issue’ – Apr 20, 2011
- Fox News Sunday – Bloomberg: Birthier issue a ‘Terrible Mistake’ for Republicans” – Apr. 2011
- Snopes.com – “Birth Certificate” – June 2008 – Apr. 27, 2011
- CNN -AC360 Investigation – Gary Tuchman, Apr 25, 2011
- And the latest –
Georgia Birthier Hearing Proceeds Without Obama, Without Effect
The complaints being presented at the hearing are based off various claims that Obama is either beholden to an 1875 Supreme Court ruling that determined “natural born citizens” were people born in the United States to parents who are both U.S. citizens, or that he is using fraudulent documents to prove his eligibility.
California attorney Orly Taitz, queen bee of the birthers and a proponent of the latter belief, stood before what Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described as “100 people … most of them older white Americans” to argue her plaintiff’s case.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Judge Malihi was forced to cut her off during her closing arguments, when she attempted to serve as both lawyer and witness.
In the end, no groundbreaking arguments, testimony or evidence were presented at Thursday’s hearing, perhaps a testament to the tired nature of these challenges. Taitz is one of the most seasoned veterans of the birther movement, and the fact that she was even granted a hearing came as her first “victory.” She was fined $20,000 last year by a Georgia judge for filing frivolous lawsuits of the same nature.
Even with the decision by Obama’s legal team to completely ignore the supposed merits of the case, Bookman writes that Secretary of State Kemp is likely left with only one choice:
At any rate, the final decision is Kemp’s. Regardless of what Malihi recommends, Kemp does not want to become the Republican secretary of state who ruled Barack Obama off the ballot in Georgia. Becoming a birther hero would not begin to compensate for the lasting infamy such a step would bring him, especially because such a ruling would be challenged in state or federal court and almost immediately overturned on any number of reasons. Kemp would then look like a fool and put an end to any further political ambitions he might have. I doubt that’s the course he will choose to take.
While Kemp, Malihi and the plaintiffs watched the case unfold, Obama was in Las Vegas, expanding upon an energy blueprint that he had unveiled at his State of the Union address.
ps: Why do progressives love the birthier movement? Because supporters of the movement appear to be wingnut kooks who are out of touch with reality, and thus are easy targets for political blowback. As a commentator going by the avatar: ‘normal’ said, on the AJC site: “But this is one of the reasons I like our system. It gives EVERYBODY the right to make fools of themselves or to willfully stick their foot in it. God Bless America!”