Birthers in Retreat

Birthers in Retreat

Birthers in Retreat

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 3 2012 6:58 PM

Birthers in Retreat

The sad coda now comes for the story of the Georgia Birthers Who (Almost) Could.

President Barack Obama’s name will remain on the Georgia primary ballot after a state law judge flatly rejected legal challenges that contend he can not be a candidate. In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge that contended Obama has a computer-generated Hawaiian birth certificate, a fraudulent Social Security number and invalid U.S. identification papers. He also turned back another that claimed the president is ineligible to be a candidate because his father was not a U.S. citizen at the time of Obama's birth.
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The Georgia case had generated some excitement on birther scam sites like World Net Daily, largely because the White House opted not to send anyone to the hearing -- aha, a chance to nail the finks on a technicality! But it wasn't enough. I'm afraid it'll be back to the Orly Taitz-ian "no one whose father had citizenship in some other country could sire a natural born American" arguments, and back to the fever swamps.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.