The Birther Nonsense Will not Die
Via Politico: Candidate trips on birther issue
Asked on a local call-in radio show whether he believes Obama was born in America or if the president is a Muslim, [Tim Walberg, the former GOP congressman running to win back his Michigan seat from freshman Democratic Rep. Mark] Schauer
said Thursday he wasn’t sure.
"My question is, do you believe this president was born in America, because I have not seen enough evidence to see he is an American citizen and do you believe that he is a Muslim?" the caller asked.
"You know, I don’t know. I really don’t know. We don’t have enough information about this president. He was never given a job interview that was complete," Walberg answered. "But that’s not the issue now. He is president. Right now we need to make sure that he doesn’t remain as president, whether he’s an American, a Muslim, a Christian, you name it."
Amazing—and Schauer isn’t the only one:
Walberg isn’t the only Republican House candidate this year to stumble on the "birther" issue: Fellow Michigan GOP challenger Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski asked to see Obama’s birth certificate before later walking back his remarks, and Ohio businessman Tom Ganley, running against Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton in the state’s 13th District, initially refused to say whether he believed Obama was a Muslim.
What is unclear is the degree to which these people are honesty unclear on the subject or whether they just think that pandering to certain voters is worth engaging in such nonsense. Neither option is especially impressive, to say the least.