Loren Collins wrote yesterday at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about HB 401, the Birther Bill introduced by Rep. Mark Hatfield in Georgia:
Worse yet, the new bill is even more directly targeted at Obama. Hatfield’s list of mandated information reads like it was copied straight from a “birther” Web site. Of what legal significance is the name of the candidate’s delivery doctor? Or the birth places of the candidate’s parents?
Why would Hatfield desire the production of this irrelevant information? Because these are precisely the pieces of information that birther conspiracy theorists have demanded from Obama. …
As written, Hatfield’s bill would absolutely forbid the incumbent president of the United States from appearing on any 2012 presidential ballot in Georgia. This is guaranteed to result in a legal challenge.
And because the “no dual citizenships” requirement is nothing more than a birther delusion, the law will be struck down.
And that outcome will serve only to embarrass the state. As the House considers Hatfield’s bill, those representatives who have signed onto it need to pause and recognize just how unconstitutional it is.
That seems to be what is happening.
The image is from Jim Galloway’s column, which says:
When state Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross, dropped his bill to require next year presidential candidates to provide hard proof of their birth on U.S. soil, the paperwork contained the signatures of 93 of his House colleagues – 92 of them Republican.
Word of House Speaker David Ralston’s coolness toward the legislation spread through the Capitol on Wednesday. Those concerned with the Port of Savannah made their opinions known.
By the end of Thursday, at least 23 House members had changed their minds, according to my AJC colleague April Hunt – and the above image of blotted out, former supporters.
Update from April Hunt at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Five more lawmakers on Friday removed their names from a “birther” bill making its way in the Georgia House.
That brings the total number of co-sponsors who have dropped their support to 27, leaving House Bill 401 with 66 backers, all of them Republican. …
The subcommittee weighing the proposal is slated to next meet Tuesday, but it was unclear Friday afternoon whether the bill will be heard then.
You would think legislators read the bills they support before sponsoring or signing on to them, but we learned last week from Sen. Beavers of Tennessee, they don’t necessarily do that legwork. She admits they are just following Birther Bills filed in other states.
Rep. Hatfield didn’t show up for a scheduled interview on Reality Check Radio, but Loren Collins did. The Skype connection was difficult at first, but keep listening, as they switch to a land line, and the discussion is worth hearing.
Tonyaa Weathersbee at BlackAmericaWeb talks about just how insidious this legislative effort going on around the country is, going far beyond the individual, President Obama:
It’s about thwarting the possibility of more black or brown people being elected to high offices by creating new hoops for them to jump through to get their names on state ballots. …
For Americans who are supposed to be so enamored with the Constitution, it seems they don’t know much about it.
But they do seem to know what to do to thwart people of color from voting and running for office. And I believe we ignore them at our peril – because these efforts are part of a virulent backlash to the growing influence of blacks and Latinos in America.
Now, it’s true that some of the birth certificate requirements could affect white candidates as well. But it seems to me that certain specifics, such as requiring that the names of a child’s parents be on the certificate, could disproportionately hurt black candidates because many are born to single mothers who, in many cases, have been abandoned by, or are estranged from, the father. …
Chances are most of these birther proposals won’t make it into law. But the problem is that the fanatics who are behind it are so driven by their hatred of Obama and a future in which minorities will soon be the majority that they’ll keep trying until they find something that sticks.
Exactly right. As someone who has written about this hate-fueled idiocy for a couple of years now, rest assured, Birthers will never give up. They have too much invested.