Fox News: Anti-Incumbent, Obstructionist Troublemakers, Time Travelers | Main | Gov. Haley Barbour: Yup, GOP's Chances in 2010 Better Than in 1994
January 27, 2010

Hayworth: Produce the Birth Certificate

Reader Lee tipped me about this yesterday, saying it showed Hayworth was a "Birther."

I don't think it goes that far. One doesn't need to believe any particular thing to stand for the proposition that given the Constitution only lays out two (?) prerequisites for assuming the most powerful office on earth -- age of 35 or older and "natural born" citizenship -- any candidate contending for that office should have the burden, without a lot of arguing about it, of proving his qualifications.

This isn't a dramatic statement.

I have some worries about Hayworth overplaying this issue and winning the primary only to have made himself toxic in the general, but this clip doesn't indicate, to me at least, that sort of overplaying. I consider this a pretty reasonable statement: If a man wants to be president, he should have no problem releasing the run-of-the-mill public records that prove he satisfies the age and birth requirement.

Sure, I could take it on faith, but why the hell should I?

(Also, I never really thought "Birtherism" was as toxic an issue as some believe -- after all, to most people, the effort needed to disprove such theories is absolutely trivial -- and also 2010 is such a favorable climate for the GOP (knock wood) that it's hard to imagine Hayworth, if he won the primary, would lose the general over a bit of soft-form pseudo-Birtherism.

Maybe it's pandering. If so, color me shocked to see a politician pandering for votes.)


digg this
posted by Ace at 01:49 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Duke Lowell : "Hmmmmmmm. Weird. ..."

Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) Baseball Nut [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s]: "*Boom-Shakka-Lakka!* ..."

Alberta Oil Peon, survivor of GNAMM: "Coolest physics demo I saw was a standing wave, di ..."

buzzion: "[i]386 Oh dear, am I gonna go all militant German ..."

tu3031: "Went to school near there in the 80's - very Irish ..."

2009Refugee: "Oh dear, am I gonna go all militant German Left Wi ..."

buzzion: "[i]381 Baader-Meinhof. Posted by: flounder, rebel ..."

flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner: "Coolest physics demo I saw was a standing wave, di ..."

riktheYFITB: "Know how there's one (1) Howard Johnson's restaura ..."

Bob @ NSA: "[i]I had never heard of that bowling ball demo, th ..."

flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner: "Baader-Meinhof. ..."

Professor Chaos aka gumdrop gorilla: "This Damon Affleck thing is also not good for Jimm ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64