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An Intriguing Twist In The Arizona Birther Story

May 22, 2012

(Sorry for the light posts the last week or so, I hope to be able to return to a more robust schedule soon. Please bear with me.)

Ken Bennett - the man of the hourA tweet from Slate’s Dave Weigel  a few minutes ago has alerted me to an interesting twist in the tale of Arizona birtherism gone wild.

I recently thought about, and decided against,  a post detailing the announcement by Arizona Secretary of  State Ken Bennett that it’s ‘possible’ Obama won’t be on the ballot in November. My gut tells me that Bennett wants to be Governor in 2014, so he decided to float this cockamamie idea to burnish his wing-nut bona fides.

Even if Bennett turned out to not be bluffing and made that call – the case would undoubtedly end up in at the US Supreme Court. And — despite left-wing nightmare scenarios — there are simply not five votes to sustain such a ruling. (The court has repeatedly declined to even review birther cases, and not a single ballot challenge case has forced the issue upon them. Besides, say what you will about Thomas and Alito, and maybe Scalia, but you’re not going to see Chief Justice Roberts or Anthony Kennedy destroy their legacies over birtherism.)  So I decided the issue is going nowhere, chalked it up to political posturing, and moved on.

But… … it turns out that Secretary of State Bennett is also co-chair of the presidential bid by Republican Mitt Romney… … Now that’s interesting.

I gather from Weigel’s tweet, that he is attempting to get a response to this information, and that one has so far not been forth-coming. But it’s important to remember that it is the Secretary of State who is responsible for conducting fair elections. In fact, prior to this year, Bennett has held the position that it would be inappropriate for a Secretary of State to endorse a candidate for office in an election which he oversees. Apparently, political ambitions have forced some different calculations for Mr. Bennett this year.

Update: Bennett has now announced that he’s withdrawing the threat that Obama may not appear on the Arizona ballot. Still, the fact that we went through any of this, and that he remains co-chair of Romney’s campaign, tells us that things are definitely a little crazy in Arizona.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Montana permalink
    May 24, 2012 3:28 pm

    Ken Bennett should either put up or shut-up (or is he Alfalfa from the Little Rascals).

    Lets be clear none of these Birther dullards have taken there “Birther Documents of facts, mor like lies” and won a case in the “U.S. Courts”, maybe in their simple minds (if they have any) but not in our “U.S. Courts”, so unless Birthers/ teabaggers, whatever you want to be called, win a court case, we will continue to see as dullards, liars or racist or maybe all three. Deal with that baby!

    And enjoy voting for the Mitt, the first “Republican Anchor Baby”! Too Funny

  2. May 22, 2012 6:04 pm

    Amazing. I would believe it if you told me that this was happening in a country with a much lesss robust democracy than ours. I can’t believe they keep going with this…thanks for keeping this in the spotlight.

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