Sorry, birthers, Obama gets on Kansas ballot
The Kansas City Star
That didn’t take long.
On Monday morning the State Objections Board in Kansas decided President Barack Obama could stay on the ballot this fall.
Thus the state avoided being the laughingstock of the nation for accepting ridiculous birther arguments that Obama was not born in the United States.
The meeting had attracted national attention - most of it negative, deservedly so - because Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer last week had indicated that all three Republicans were taking this foolishness seriously.
The objection had been filed by a Manhattan man who testified that Obama’s birth certificate had been tampered with. In other words, it wasn’t legitimate.
Kobach and the board took the case under advisement, rather than rejecting it out of hand, given that the president of the United States had released his birth certificate and state officials in Hawaii - WHERE HE WAS BORN - had said the document was legitimate.
Kobach had said Kansas officials wanted to look at some extra documents, you know, just to make sure.
On Monday, though, the followup meeting was short and sweet.
Orly Taitz, a leading figure in the birther movement, wanted to testify but that wasn’t allowed. Darn, now that would have been a great show.
Partly because the Manhattan man had dropped his official objection on Friday, Obama’s name got to stay on the Kansas fall ballot after all.