High-level Kansas birthers question Obama's eligibility
The Kansas City Star
Three of Kansas’ top elected officials have just provided fodder for another chapter in the “What’s the Matter With Kansas” annals.
Kansas, it seems, has something called the State Objections Board. Right now it consists of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. It goes without saying that all are Republicans, since just about all Kansas officeholders are.
This State Objections Board met Thursday to consider, well, an objection. It comes from a citizen named Joe Montgomery, who claims that President Barack Obama should be removed from the November ballot because his father was from Kenya and because Montgomery still finds his birth certificate suspicious.
So the distinguished members of the board politely explained to Montgomery that the matter of Obama’s eligibility for the presidency has been resolved upteen times over, right? And surely it crossed their minds how dumb the state would look if word got out they were even considering this as a legitimate topic. Right?
Wrong. Not only did the board give Montgomery’s objection due consideration, they actually postponed making a decision until Monday. Apparently they want more documentation on the birth certificate question, and they want a member of the Obama campaign to come and answer questions.
All this makes a little more sense when you consider that Kobach pals around with people like Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff who craves attention and gets it by harassing Latino citizens and questioning Obama’s citizenship.
Kansas is certain to go for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, so Obama doesn’t have to worry about losing electoral votes should he be booted off the state’s ballot.
But this dance along the nutty fringe should have some other people worrying. Just what is the matter with Kansas?