Monday, February 14, 2011

Boehner and the Birthers

House Speaker John Boehner told Meet the Press that he thinks President Obama is a U.S. citizen and a Christian, but refused to come out and denounce the people in his party who don’t think he is.

GREGORY: Do you not think it’s your responsibility to stand up to that kind of ignorance?

BOEHNER: David, it’s not my job to tell the American people what to think. Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people. Having said that, the state of Hawaii has said that he was born there. That’s good enough for me. The president says he’s a Christian. I accept him at his word.

GREGORY: But isn’t that a little bit fast and loose? I mean, you are the leader in Congress and you are not standing up to obvious facts and saying these are facts, and if you don’t believe that it’s nonsense?

BOEHNER: I just outlined the facts as I understand them. I believe that the president is a citizen. I believe the president is a Christian, I’ll take him at his word.

There’s a good reason that Mr. Boehner is a coward and a disingenuous panderer about the birther issue: he needs to keep the ignorant and racist base of his party happy, and this is the only way he can do it. If the Flat Earth society had a contingent in the GOP — and who’s to say they don’t — Mr. Boehner would tell us the jury is still out on the theory of the sphere.