Birtherism Alive And Well In Arizona

At least three of the Republican Electors who reported yesterday to cast their votes for Mitt Romney continue to believe that the President is not an American citizen:

Several Arizona Republicans, including the GOP state chair, on Monday cast fresh doubts on President Barack Obama’s citizenship, according to a report.

Tom Morrissey, the state chair of the Arizona Republican Party, along with two other members of the Electoral College, raised questions about Obama’s U.S. citizenship at an event to note Arizona’s Electoral College votes, which all went to GOP nominee Mitt Romney, the Associated Press reported.

“I’m not satisfied with what I’ve seen,” Morrissey said, according to Arizona Public Radio. “I think for somebody in the president’s position to not have produced a document that looks more legitimate, I have a problem with that.”

He doubled down on those comments in an interview with Mike Broomhead, an Arizona-based radio talk show host.

“First of all, I’m saying it as Tom Morrissey, I’m not saying it representing the Republican Party and the Arizona Republican Party,” he said, according to audio from the radio station. “I said that I had a concern with it. All I’m saying to you is, the document that I saw does not ring true to me. That’s all I’m saying.”

Don Ascoli, a member of the Electoral College, “said he didn’t think Obama was ‘properly vetted as a legitimate candidate for president,'” according to the AP.

It’s never going to go away, is it?

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  1. legion says:

    It’s never going to go away, is it?

    Only until ignorant asshat voters stop voting for ignorant asshat politicians.

    So, no. Never,

  2. EddieInCA says:

    I, for one, hope it continues.

    As long as the GOP continues to be the Stupid Party, they deserve people like this and whatever scorn and ridicule comes their way.

    Remind me again, Dr. Joyner, how you’re going to change this party from the “inside”.

  3. Console says:

    It’ll go away as soon as Obama stops being black

  4. Geek, Esq. says:

    It’ll go away once there are enough Latinos plus sane white people to cost the GOP statewide races there.

    Until then, AZ will continue to be ruled by Know-Nothing xenophobes, racists, and gun nuts.

  5. Janis Gore says:

    @Console: Nope. Obama already has a reputation for being black.

  6. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Have you ever been to Arizona? And I don’t mean Scottsdale or Phoenix.

    Take a stroll around Bullhead City, or Kingman, or Laughlin. Belly up to the bar in a local joint. Within minutes you’ll realize why we’re still hearing this sort of thing from AZ politicos.

    Or to phrase it another way: Take “No Country for Old Men,” mix with “Near Dark,” sprinkle in a little “Night of the Living Dead,” and then garnish with ‘The Omega Man.”

  7. Geek, Esq. says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    Or my name isn’t Nathan Arizona.

  8. wr says:

    @Tsar Nicholas: So you hate all all of America’s cities… all the rural parts of the country you call Zombieland… most of Arizona… Tell me, proud American, which parts of our nation do you not despise?

  9. Gustopher says:

    Don Ascoli, a member of the Electoral College, “said he didn’t think Obama was ‘properly vetted as a legitimate candidate for president,’” according to the AP.

    How much more vetted can Obama be? What are we failing to see? We’ve all seen photos of him that show he’s not while — we just don’t much care.

  10. Tsar Nicholas says:

    @Geek, Esq.: True story: we had a project in Bullhead City a few years ago. One of the construction foreman looked almost exactly like Tex Cobb. I’m not joking. He even rode a Hog to the site. Out of a crew of about 20 probably half looked to be straight out of a parody of Free Republic. Other than parts of Nevada, by far the most spooky, black helicopter people I’ve seen have been in Arizona. If anything I’m actually surprised there are not more Birther politicos there.

  11. al-Ameda says:

    If we offered Arizona to Mexico, would Mexico take it?

    Except for the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and University of Arizona basketball they would have no reason to do so.

  12. Boyd says:

    Birtherism has the decided advantage of identifying the people we should strive to keep as far away from the levers of power as possible.

  13. Jim Henley says:

    Republican politicos risk a lasting disadvantage regarding metaphor coherence. The documents he “saw” didn’t “ring true?” Dude. At least try!

  14. de stijl says:

    @Geek, Esq.:

    Why, I myself fetched $30,000 on the black market. And that was in 1954 dollars.

    Bonus fave quote:

    I don’t know – they were jammies! They had Yodas ‘n’ sh!t on ’em!