Joseph Farah from WorldNetDaily and Andrew Breitbart got into an argument at the Nashville Tea Party Convention about the birther issue. Not a shock there. But, something Joseph Farah said needs to be rebutted:
I told Farah that his speech was getting negative attention already, and that Breitbart, who’d taken the stage after him, had criticized the “birther” parts of the speech. Farah shook his head and walked over to Breitbart in what seemed like an attempt to debunk my question.
“Andrew is my friend,” said Farah. “He has the right to disagree, and he has the right to say anything to a socialist newspaper that he wants. And if he wants to criticize his friend to you, and he’s dumb enough to do that…”
Breitbart raised his eyebrows. “I’m dumb to do what?”
“Criticize your friend to this socialist newspaper.”
“I was talking to her,” said Breitbart, pointing to Schilling. “I was talking to you. And I was saying that I disagreed on the birther stuff.”
“OK, well, did you know that Dave Weigel from The Washington Independent was”–
“I was talking to her,” said Breitbart. “She was asking me if I thought it was to bring it up, and I said, no. We have a lot of strong arguments to be making, and that is a primary argument. That is an argument for the primaries that did not take hold. The arguments that these people right here are making are substantive arguments. The elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts were all won not on birther, but on substance. And to apply to this group of people the concept that they’re all obsessed with the birth certificate, when it’s not a winning issue–”
“It is a winning issue!”
“It’s not a winning issue.”
I’m not going to go through the whole birther argument again. At this point, I’ll just say that Obama has released a valid Certificate of Live Birth given to him by the state of Hawaii and it lists his birth place as Honolulu. If that’s not enough to convince you he was born in the USA, nothing else I say is probably going to do it either.
But, what I do want to get into is the idea that birtherism is a “winning issue.”
You know what? It may be a winning traffic issue for WorldnetDaily, but the idea that it’s a winning political issue is ridiculous.
Whatever you believe on the birther issue: here’s the reality of it: There’s a small, hardcore element on the right that buys into the idea that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US and really cares about the issue.