Birther legislation gains steam in Arizona

75 percent of the state House's Republicans are co-sponsoring the bill


Alex Koppelman
February 24, 2010 7:44PM (UTC)

The Birthers have generally had very little success. Every lawsuit they've brought in an attempt to somehow force President Obama from office has been an abject failure, for instance. But they have at least gotten lawmakers in more than a few state legislatures -- and in the U.S. House of Representatives -- to introduce bills that would force presidential candidates (really, Obama) to show proof that they're natural born citizens in order to run. Almost all of those bills are certain to die in obscurity, of course. But one actually has a shot at passage.

The Associated Press reports that one of those kinds of bills was approved by a committee of the Arizona House on Tuesday, and that it's been co-sponsored by 40 members of the legislature out of the 90 who serve in the state Senate and House combined. All of those 40 are Republicans; they make up 75 percent of their party's caucus, according to the AP.

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It sounds disturbing that a bill like this, catering as it does to the fringe, would have a chance at passage. And it is. But it also could be good -- even fun -- to see it pass. The collective Birther head explosion that would take place once state officials examined the exact document Obama has already released and declare him completely eligible. As the bottom of the document itself notes, "This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding."


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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