It must be embarrassing to stake one’s career on the claims of a few racist morons, but Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett sure has managed to make an ass of himself this month. Not long ago, Bennett told a radio station in Phoenix that President Obama would likely not be on the ballot in Arizona this November if Hawaii did not provide him with satisfactory evidence of Obama being born in the state.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett launched a ludicrous witch hunt in Hawaii – After President Obama released a certificate of live birth and a long form birth certificate, not to mention the fact that two Hawaii newspapers had an announcement of Obama’s birth. Bennett also wanted to know if Obama’s father was an American citizen, as if Obama’s white mother from Kansas didn’t count. Of course the Constitution says nothing about parentage as a requirement to being President. It just says that all Presidential contenders must be natural-born citizens of the United States. In other words, if you’re born in a US state, it’s all good. President Obama has done more to prove that he is a natural-born citizen than all the previous white guys who occupied the White House before him. But since when have birthers cared about the evidence and facts?
This week, after catching hell and facts from Hawaii, Bennett meekly apologized on the radio.
“If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent,” Bennett told Phoenix radio station KTAR. “He’ll be on the ballot as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has… I feel like I was just trying to glue the far little corner of the carpet down, and as soon as you just touch the carpet, the whole floor buckles.”
In response to Bennett’s birtherism, thousands of people have signed a petition demanding Bennett investigate whether or not Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a unicorn. You heard that right. 17,000 people want Bennett to find out if Romney is a white four hoofed horse with a horn on its head. It’s certainly humorous, but that’s got to be embarrassing for Bennett and the state of Arizona. They can’t say they don’t deserve the ridicule though.
In reality, these petition signers have a point. It’s crazy to subscribe to the birther conspiracy theory. What’s even more embarrassing is that Bennett issued such a weak apology. The fact is, Bennett wasted taxpayer dollars on a politically motivated (he’s co-chair of Romney’s Arizona campaign) charade that made his state look even crazier and more paranoid than it already is. It’s one thing for a two-bit sheriff to be a sleazeball, it’s a whole other ball game, however, for the Secretary of State of Arizona and a high-profile member of Romney’s team to be one.
Bennett should know full well that the only answer that will satisfy the birthers is Hawaii falsely admitting that President Obama’s birth certificate isn’t real. Any other answer is simply unacceptable to the birthers. In other words, this crusade will never end.
What Mr. Bennett ought to do is apologize personally to President Obama in front of cameras, lots and lots of cameras, and then he should announce his resignation.