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Sending Arizona 'birthers' back to the drawing board

April 19, 2011 |  2:24 pm

Jan Brewer Mea culpa, Jan Brewer. You showed (or should I say, pwned) me.

A bill requiring presidential hopefuls to hand over their long-form (e.g. not Hawaiian) birth certificates to Arizona's secretary of state landed on her desk last week. Given Gov. Brewer's unparalleled record of empowering Arizona's political fringe, I predicted  she would let the bill become law and establish her state as the nation's official "birther" gatekeeper to the presidency. A Hawaiian, whose state provides only the dreaded "short form" to those seeking a birth certificate, would have to dig up enough hospital, baptismal or circumcision paperwork to convince Arizona of his sufficient American-ness.  

The bill was a joke, and Brewer dismissed it as such by noting in her short veto message that she "never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their 'early baptismal or circumcision certificate.' " For good measure she could have thrown in a line explaining she has no doubts concerning President Obama's citizenship (clearly what this bill was about), but Brewer has nonetheless handed the un-dead birther movement its most official rebuke yet.

Good for her. Now what about gays, Latinos and immigrants?


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-- Paul Thornton

Photo: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, R, speaks Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Governor's Volunteer Awards luncheon in Phoenix. Credit: Matt York / AP Photo

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