Birther Blowback

One of the most frustrating aspects of paying attention to our political process is that it seems politicians and pundits can say anything they want, regardless of how toxic, and rarely if ever fear for the consequences. It is as if words have no meaning other than the momentary political capital the carry at the time they are uttered simply because the speakers seem to have an endless well of rhetoric from which to pull more and more nonsense, nonsense that eclipses past nonsense and has the magical power of causing Americans to forget what was previously said.

I am cautiously optimistic that this seemingly infallible political fact may have just been shown to have a vulnerability with the revelation that the birther movement has turned a couple of prominent Republican rising stars.

The next national election is less than 18 months away, and both rising Republican stars have been touted as potential contenders for either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot on a presidential ticket.

But their eligibility is in doubt since both men’s parents were not U.S. citizens at the time their future political children were born, WND can reveal. That factor is important because the Constitution mandates a presidential candidate to be a “natural-born citizen,” a requirement that has dogged President Barack Obama since the 2008 campaign.

I’m not holding my breath for this one to have much of a long term effect on the Republican party but it is nice to know that one in a while the use of divisive, toxic, racist lies by the Right has consequences other than their winning elections.

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