I suppose I am obligated to post the video of Orly Taitz’s appearance on MSNBC yesterday, so here it is:
I don’t feel this clip provided any new information to the issue – other than providing further evidence that Taitz is insane despite her insistence that she is not, in fact, crazy.
In fact, the insistence by the Birthers that they are not crazy seems to be a their new defense, as that was exactly the point that Wiley Drake made last week:
Obama’s supporters “want to brand anyone who questions him as a nut, and they’re not. Alan Keyes is not a nut. I’m not,” Drake said.
Which brings me to this good piece by David Weigel reporting that Taitz’s antics and recklessness is causing a rift in the Birther movement among those who see her as undermining their efforts and which contains this interesting nugget:
The “Kenyan birth certificate” has made skeptics out of people like Leahy and Kreep. Two of Taitz’s original plaintiffs, Wiley Drake and Markham Robinson, both associates of Alan Keyes during his presidential campaign, were removed from her latest filing after seeking new representation.
Has Taitz really become too crazy for the likes of Wiley Drake, a man who admits to praying to God to kill President Obama? That is quite an accomplishment.
On a semi-related note, I think it is also worth pointing out that Chuck Norris now seems to be throwing in with the Birthers as well, doing so by claiming that while he doesn’t have any reason to doubt Obama’s claims to citizenship, his refusal to release the document the Birthers are demanding is raising questions:
Isn’t categorically satisfying constitutional requirements for a president, or answering the First Amendment grievances of hundreds of thousands of Americans, or ending a national debate or healing a country’s divisions enough “direct and tangible interest”?
Mr. President, as more and more people realize that you are refusing to release your original birth certificate, further questions will fuel the fires of debate or at least hinder the embers from ever being snuffed out. Questions like, “Does it really contain the Hawaiian physician’s name?” Or “Does it disclose something other than his birth place that he wishes others not to see?”
So again I ask, why don’t you simply request, release and give permission to make public your original birth certificate?
Let’s not forget that Norris was among Mike Huckabee’s biggest and most visible supporters. That, coupled with the fact that Huckabee is scheduled to headline a right-wing conference next month being hosted by three bona fide Birthers leads me to wonder just what Huckabee’s views are on this issue, considering that several of the people he has chosen to associate and surround himself with are deeply enmeshed in the Birther conspiracy movement.