GOP Congressman Questions Legitimacy Of Obama’s Birth Certificate

Longtime Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns is, apparently, a birther:

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), already under fire for allegations he bribed his primary opponent to drop out of the race, questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate at a town-hall meeting.

Meeting with constituents in Belleview, Fla., on Feb. 25, Stearns was asked about Obama’s citizenship and whether a grand jury was looking into the issue. Stearns said the “general consensus” was that Obama had produced a birth certificate.

“The question is, is it legitimate? That’s where we stand now,” Stearns said in a video first obtained by the blog Think Progress. “I’ve seen a copy of it on television. But you know the governor of Hawaii couldn’t get what he felt was an original of the birth certificate. He tried to do it and gave up on it.”

(…)

“I think what Obama’s showing is a facsimile, but I think that debate probably is not enough, shall we say, just to impeach him,” said Stearns, a 12-term lawmaker. “We’re going to have an election in five or six months, so we can change the course of history by electing someone other than Obama.”

Stearns told constituents to focus on beating Obama in the ballot box — not because the “birther” allegations were false, necessarily, but because it would be easier to achieve politically.

“If we started impeachment this time of year, [it would be] very difficult in terms of time and strength,” Stearns said.

This is all nonsense, of course, and now we’ve got a Congressman repeating it, albeit a Congressman who is under an ethical cloud.  And people thought this would end when Obama gave them what they said they wanted. The fact that people like this weren’t laughed out of the Republican Party years ago is just another sign of how much trouble they are in, I think.

FILED UNDER: Barack Obama, Politicians, Quick Takes, US Politics
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010. Before joining OTB, he wrote at Below The BeltwayThe Liberty Papers, and United Liberty Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

Comments

  1. David M says:

    I wonder if they aren’t so scared of their constituents, that they won’t correct any right wing nonsense they may say, no matter how nutty. As to whether that’s better than the Congressman believing said nonsense, I’m not sure.

  2. al-Ameda says:

    “I think what Obama’s showing is a facsimile, but I think that debate probably is not enough, shall we say, just to impeach him,” said Stearns, a 12-term lawmaker. “We’re going to have an election in five or six months, so we can change the course of history by electing someone other than Obama.”

    What else is new? We’ve been through this before. Republicans have not accepted the last 2 Democratic presidents as legitimate. they impeached Clinton and, for some unknown reason, the Republican House has not yet initiated Impeachment proceedings against Obama. These people never let up.

    I wish Democrats had the nerve to fight back.

  3. Tillman says:

    I feel like we’ve been here before. Have we been here before?

  4. James H says:

    Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii.

    In reality, he is from the far future. Even now, the CIA and FBI are scrambling to find John Connor, because Obama has demanded it …

  5. An Interested Party says:

    …the Republican House has not yet initiated Impeachment proceedings against Obama.

    If only they would, as that would cause them to be even more damaged…

  6. anjin-san says:

    And people thought this would end when Obama gave them what they said they wanted.

    People who are in denial about what the modern Republican party is perhaps. No one else.

  7. de stijl says:

    @al-Ameda:
    @An Interested Party:

    From wiki:

    On March 7, 2012, Jones introduced House Concurrent Resolution 107, proposing that Congress should consider waging wars without an Act of Congress as grounds for impeachment of the President for High Crimes and Misdemeanors according to the Constitution of the United States of America.[41]

    This is from Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. – of “Freedom Fries” fame.

  8. Hey Norm says:

    Where are Jenos and The Worlds Greatest Corporate Financier? I’m sure they will defend this fool.

  9. anjin-san says:

    Careful Norm, Drew buys and sells bigger men than you over a cup of coffee…

  10. grumpy realist says:

    @anjin-san: Yah, if we ever want an evening of merriment, let’s ask Doug to set up a thread about venture capital and wait to see if Drew posts….

    Squeaky chew toy, anyone?

    Snerk.

  11. It is no longer necessary to argue obamas’ birth certificate, it is a fraud. If you still need to prove that to yourself, or others, or just check Arapios’ findings, here is the place:

    http://www.stockton.x10.mx

    You will find links to all the necessary materials and a brief description on how to use them, with links to show you how to do the forensics … now you can KNOW!

  12. @al-Ameda: Actually, it has to do with obama presenting a fraudulent birth certificate on a whitehouse website, and then claiming THE FRAUD IS HIS!

    Simply click my name to be taken to all the materials you will need to provide the proof. Or, you can visit http://www.stockton.x10.mx … but there is no excuse to look like an idiot, or say there is no proof … however, you may still be able to argue that you don’t have the education to realize the truth, and be correct!