That’s the logic Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett seems to subscribe to as he takes “birther” stupidity to a whole new level.
Despite sworn statements, Hawaiian officials’ confirmations, or the published copy of the birth certificate itself, Mr. Bennett has chosen to pander to conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi who, according to the Phoenix New Times
“…has already courted the likes of state Representatives David Burnell Smith, Jack Harper, and Carl Seel as well as state Senator Lori Klein and others into making appearances at “birther”-related press conferences.”
Corsi seems to have persuaded Bennett to “…deal with the Obama birth-certificate issue.” Bennett has requested “confirmation from Hawaii that Obama’s birth certificate is valid.”
White House Dossier reports,
asked during a radio interview with Arizona radio host Mike Broomhead if he would remove Obama’s name from the ballot if Hawaii fails to comply, Bennett said: “That’s possible. Or the other option would be that I would ask all the candidates, including the president, to submit a certified copy of their birth certificate.”
“They could say yes tomorrow and the whole thing goes away,” Bennett said. “If they can’t say yes to that simple question, then it makes me wonder if we have to take it to another level. One way or another, we have to have some simple verification that people are qualified for the office if they’re going to be on the ballot here in Arizona.”
Arizona is gaining a reputation as the Mecca for the conservative lunatic fringe; from its rabid-dog-style Governor, to its comic strip sheriff, to this latest “I’m not a birther” birther, the state is becoming a political laughing stock.
Bennett’s been accused of
“…playing to the birther crowd in Arizona because he wants to run for governor.”
which of course he denies. But according to the Phoenix New Times:
“Sixty percent of [Arizona] voters polled supported the bill “that would require presidential candidates to come to sign an affidavit that they are an American citizen,” while 36 percent opposed it.
Just over one-third of the poll respondents said they “strongly support” the idea.”