Friday, November 6, 2009, The year of our Lord.
Write this day down.
It is a day we finally found the limits to which The Ox will stretch to pander to every last voter. And the person to be credited with forcing Ox’s hand: Nathan Deal
In an interview with the AJC today, Deal confirmed that he wants the White House to just show us Obama’s papers:
Deal says he has “no reason to think” that President Barack Obama is not a legal U.S. citizen but enough questions have been raised that he plans to write a letter to the president asking him to produce a birth certificate showing he was born in the United States.
“I have looked at the documentation that is publicly available and it leaves many things to be desired,” Deal said in an interview Friday.
Deal’s statement came a day after he noted in an online chat that he would join other U.S. House members in writing the president and asking that he release a copy of his birth certificate.
As we covered this yesterday, it only reinforces that this is in fact Deal’s positon, and some unfortunate staffer will not be asked to walk the plank for typing this pretending he was Deal.
The real news here is that Deal has done what no other candidate in this race has been able to do thus far: He has taken a position so “out there” that Ox has been able to take a stance that makes him seem sensible and sane.
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine said he believes Obama is a legal U.S. citizen.
“Any serious adult running for governor of Georgia needs to understand that we have a responsibility to do business with the president of United States,” Oxendine said. ” Questioning his citizenship after he has been elected to the highest office in our land is disrespectful.”
Eric Johson and Karen Handel also were allowed the opportunity for a free shot.
Ben Fry, a spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson said, “We take the government of Hawaii at its word when they say the president is eligible to serve.”
Said Republican candidate Karen Handel’s spokesman Dan McLagan, “I think its pretty kooky and probably not very helpful for our water negotiations and other issues with the administration.”
In all seriousness (too late?), I am pleased to see most of the candidates – and yes, Oxendine too – stand up and call crazy “crazy”. We’ve got serious issues on the table. I have no interest in watching top tier candidates allow themselves to be drawn in to discussions of birthers, secession, or other fringe causes of the day.
Taxes. Spending. Transportation. Trauma Care. Education. Water. Jobs.
These are issues that general election voters care about. Spend our primary talking about Obama’s long form super secret birth certificate after 8 years of Go Fish, and November voters may be talking about how they’re not going to miss having Republicans in charge much.
It’s time for all the candidates to get Real.