>Just When You Thought Birtherism Is Dead


For context on why the crackpot opinions of Tennessee’s leading Republicans matters, read this from the Institute For Southern Studies: ANALYSIS: Southerners drive far-right of Republican Party. Excerpt:

On almost every issue, Southern Republicans are far to the right of their national GOP brethren. In fact, GOP Southerners appear to be the driving base for some of the most extreme views circulating in Republican circles today.

This is important for both Democrats and Republicans to recognize, especially when our media crows about what it means when a moderate Republican like Scott Brown to wins a Massachusetts Senate race. All Republicans are not alike, and as Southern GOPers get more extreme, some of that mud may sully the rest of the party. Meanwhile, Blue Dog Dems wishing to be more Republican-lite need to think very carefully about what it is they are signing on to.

So everyone is talking about Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey saying he doesn’t know if President Obama is a U.S. citizen or not. But Pith has posted the entire exchange, which I find even scarier:

The Obama birther who popped up with his question in this roomful of suits? Maclin Davis, the former attorney for the state Republican Party and a partner in the prestigious firm of Waller Lansden.

Here’s the exchange:

Davis: Now since the Republicans control both houses of the Tennessee legislature, it seems to me that they might consider passing a state law that says in all future elections no candidate for president can be put on the ballot in Tennessee unless they produce positive proof they are a native-born citizen. If we had one like that a few years ago, we’d be a whole lot better off today. Is there any chance that you would consider that?

Ramsey: … I suppose that every state could individually do that.

Davis: It seems like it would be really good if somebody would file a suit against our present president to get back all the money he’s been paid as president on the grounds he’s not a legitimate president since he’s not a native-born citizen. The great preponderance of the evidence is he’s not a citizen. …

Maclin Davis, you scare the crap out of me. You’re one of the leading attorneys in this city, a leading figure with the state Republican Party, and you’ve embraced a fringe idea like birtherism to the point where you are calling for state legislators to enact actual legislation? And lawsuits?

So this is what the Tennessee Republican Party has become. The final repository of wackadoodle, a bunch of people who’ve drunk so much Kool-Aid that even the rantings of Orly Taitz makes more sense to them than the reality that they lost a national election to a black guy.

And by the way, birtherism isn’t the only wacko conspiracy theory Orly Taitz has embraced . She also believes Saudi Arabia owns Fox News, Hugo Chavez owns the software used on U.S. voting machines, and the House of Representatives is planning to build six labor camps.

I eagerly await the TN-GOP’s action on these items, too. Especially that voting machine thing.


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8 responses to “>Just When You Thought Birtherism Is Dead

  1. >Brother I don't know which is worse, your state's politics or mine.Not much fun living in MO sometimes either.

  2. >There are kool-aid drinkers on both sides of the political aisle, whether it's these guys or someone screaming about the dangers of "guns in bars" legislation.

  3. >I don't know if Obama is a citizen or not. And there is not a soul here that knows either.For if you drag out the graphic that they used to "prove" it, that is the same thing I have written about at my blog: That document is no original, which is the fuss.I have very similar looking documents and I am within a month of the same age as Obama. If interested, you can see where I write about it:http://buelahman.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/now-im-a-wingnut-who-da-thought-it/But there is no doubt that TN reTHUGlicans are a bunch of fools (exactly to the extent that TN demoRATs are fools).

  4. >"There are kool-aid drinkers on both sides of the political aisle, whether it's these guys or someone screaming about the dangers of "guns in bars" legislation."Second comment on a post that says exactly nothing about guns.mikey:You really oughta be looking at that post about Vandy, a bit up the page. Now's your chance to REALLY show your support for the gays (that support that is equal to your support of gun rights) by going up there and finding the link to send that Imam feller a pointed note about how he should not be talking out of both sides of his mouth about his holy book, the Koran.Aw, go ahead, I don't think there's anybody that's going to equate idiot birthers with idiots who obsess on other subjects.

  5. >"I don't know if Obama is a citizen or not. And there is not a soul here that knows either."Barack Obama is an American citizen. I know. This knowledge is not based on some graphic. State and Federal officials who have seen the original birth records have confirmed it. I also know he is not a Marxist, Socialist, Progressive or Liberal.Marxists, Socialists, Progressives and Liberals who have observed his performance have confirmed it.If Joe Sixpack, or Joe The Plumber, ever read a book the Right Wing Hacks are in deep do do.RJ

  6. >Well, of course, if those "officials" (hmm, Rahm Emmanuel being one, perhaps) have seen it all is well, huh? They are certainly ALL known for their truth.Baaa? Just a little?I will admit you are correct in that last paragraph. He is a fascist. This is evident.

  7. >We won the election and now these sore losers will continue to spew your hate with lies. The way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked lies, then, and only then, you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called facts that they present. Let’s face it no one will go along with you until you guys win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. Keep plucking that chicken.

  8. >I suppose every state secretary of state that certified the federal ballots are in on the fix as well right beulahman? Hell even Bill O'Reilly concedes his citizenship.And 5 bucks says you can't define facism without referring to your talking points memo. Pathetic cretin.RJ