Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio dove head first into the birther movement on Thursday, arguing at a news conference in Phoenix that President Obama’s birth certificate is a fake and that crimes were committed in its creation.
By doing so, the Republican joined a fringe group of activists and writers who believe in a conspiracy theory that has been debunked several times over by numerous independent investigations.
“It’s not over,” the sheriff said during the hour-long event. “This investigation is not over.”
The GOP has been doing pretty much all it can to distract the voters’ attention away from the economic news because that was what they were planning on running on, and you can’t really do that if all the signs are pointing to it getting a lot better. So they come up with distractions like birth control and other social issues. Even though they’re on the wrong side of those issues with the voters, it’s at least something to talk about other than Detroit not going bankrupt.
Somehow I don’t think Sheriff Joe and his whackadoodle birtherism is what they had in mind, but hey, all the GOP candidates were sucking up to him before the Arizona primary, so let’s see what they have to say about him now.
The campaigns of Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum did not immediately respond to TPM’s questions about whether they would still take Arpaio’s endorsement if he offered it.
SteveM thinks it’s just getting started. I say it’s never let up; it’s all they’ve got.