Orlando Newspaper Asks Bill Posey to Withdraw the ‘Birther Bill’
The Orlando Sentinel is calling on Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) to withdraw his bill (now co-sponsored by 10 other House Republicans) demanding proof of citizenship from future presidential candidates, warning him that “he’ll have to do more” than support a resolution commemorating Hawaiian statehood to prove he’s not indulging “tin-hatters.”
Mr. Posey should know that birth certificates don’t put out fires. Candidate Obama produced one. But Mr. Posey said he couldn’t swear on a stack of Bibles whether that meant Mr. Obama really was a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Mr. Posey should withdraw the bill, unless his real intent is to fire up opposition to Mr. Obama.
Posey has played an inside-outside game on this; as I pointed out on MSNBC last week, he has bellyached about mean local coverage of his quest to prove that Obama’s a citizen, but he’s appeared on fringe radio shows to compare Obama’s reluctance to produce more documents to a drug user’s reluctance to take a drug test.