Perhaps I'm a little immature for enjoying this as much as I am, but I'm so tired of birthers that I'm going to indulge myself. Seems that Rep. Dan Abercrombie of Hawaii has introduced a resolution to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood. Why does this affect the birthers?
“In the language of the resolution, there is a statement that Hawaii is the birthplace of the 44th President of the United States,” Abercrombie spokesman Dave Helfert confirms.If Abercrombie can get this in before the August recess, even better. Most Congresscritters will be holding town halls and such during the recess in order to deal with health care reform, and you know there are going to be birther wingnuts out in force.
That confronts House GOPers with a choice: They can vote for the measure, and endorse the idea that Obama was born in Hawaii, which could earn the wrath of birthers. Or they can vote against commemorating the 50th state’s joining of our blessed Union. Or GOPers can skip the vote, but that could look nutty.
Seriously, though, if this pressure from the psycho wing of the Republican party causes their politicians to moderate, so much the better. If it causes them to drive moderates even further away from their party, that's okay too, but I'd really rather have a two (or more) party system that's more to the left than we currently have. If the Republicans move left and take some Blue Dogs with them, that gives the current Democrats room to move left as well. We're all better off as a result.