Arizona is an Embarrassment

There was a rumor floating around earlier this week that the Republicans had a backup plan to "save Arizona" if it looked like President Obama may win the state in November. Could this be it?

The Arizona Secretary of State is now entertaining the notion of keeping the president off the state's ballot unless he can verify his birth certificate.

The man in charge of running Arizona’s elections has gone to the birthers. Secretary of State Ken Bennett now says he’s not convinced Barack Obama was really born in the United States and so he is threatening to keep the president off the ballot in November.

Bennett’s comments came in an interview late Thursday with conservative radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on Phoenix station KFYI.

Bennett said he was following the lead of the state’s eccentric Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fellow Republican who ordered an investigation into the president’s birth certificate last year and concluded the document released by the White House is a forgery. Bennett said he is now trying to get verification from state officials in Hawaii that the certificate is authentic.

If your secretary of state is "following the lead" of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I think you might have elected the wrong guy.

Joe Arpaio, who has been charged by the Department of Justice for, among other things, forcing female prisoners to sleep in their own menstrual blood, is hardly a role model for the Secretary of fucking State.

Bennett says he believes the president was born in Hawaii, or "so he hopes." He just needs to make sure first. Wink. Nod.

  • muselet

    The funniest part of the TPM story:

    On Thursday, Bennett said he sent his request to Hawaii officials eight weeks ago but has yet to get the proof he was hoping for. He said he didn’t want another copy of the birth certificate. He wants Hawaii to give him what he described as “a verification in lieu of a certified copy of a birth certificate.”

    In the weeks since then, Bennett said, Hawaii officials have forced him to provide proof that he is who he says he is. They asked him to send them copies of the Arizona laws that prove the secretary of state really is the person in charge of handling the ballots. Admittedly, Bennett said they told him they were “tired of all the requests.” But he is continuing anyway.

    Someone in Hawaii has a wicked sense of humor. And somebody in Arizona can’t take a hint.


    • D_C_Wilson

      After all the requests they’ve received for the president’s BC over the past few years, I wouldn’t blame for treating this like a joke.

      • http://twitter.com/bubblegenius Bubble Genius

        It *is* a joke. The entire state of Arizona has become a tragic punchline to the worst joke in the world. Even Zombie Henny Youngman wouldn’t touch Arizona with a ten-foot pole.

  • drsquid

    Just think, if Jan Brewer’s eyes suddenly were to align, this chumbolone is the next in line to be governor.

  • sherifffruitfly

    These politicians don’t appear out of thin air. They are VOTED into office. Electorates must bear the final responsibility for this shit. And those failing to hold electorates responsible for their own votes (like “wah it’s the media’s fault” whining), are simply permitting electorates to continue being shitty.

    • Scopedog

      Very blunt–but very true.

  • Ned F

    What a dick. I hope Obama takes this state again.

  • Nefercat

    Way to violate the US Constitution, Arizona. Hawaii has said many times that the birth certificate is legitimate. Under the full faith and credit clause of the constitution, other jurisdictions have to accept it.

    What do they mean, “he” has to verify it? It is a state-issued document. The issuing state “verifies” it. Which they have. Many times.

    • Scopedog

      That this shit is still happening is infuriating. That the MSM just doesn’t come right out and call these people a bunch of fucking assholes is Level-11 frustrating. That not enough of us are raising hell about this on the majority of liberal sites is….well, that is a pity.