I wonder if they put loafers, sandals, and wingtops on the Senate cafeteria’s menu. How do they fit so many feet in their mouths?
From the Cullman Times:
Comments Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL] made in Cullman recently concerning a rumor that President Barack Obama is not a natural born United States citizen garnered national attention Monday.
During a community meeting at the All Steak Restaurant on Saturday, a local resident asked Shelby if there was any truth to the rumor, which appeared during the presidential campaign.
“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have to be born in America to be president.”
Shelby’s communications director, Jonathan Graffeo, issued a statement on the comments, stating The Cullman Times provided an incomplete account, and therefore a distortion, of the senator’s comments regarding Obama’s citizenship. The statement adds that at the meeting, Shelby laid out the Constitutional qualifications for the presidency and said that, while he hasn’t personally seen the president’s birth certificate, he is confident the matter has been thoroughly examined.
According to the Associated Press, Obama’s official birth certificate was presented last year during the presidential campaign.
The nonpartisan Web site Factcheck.org examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document. In addition, Factcheck.org reproduced an announcement of Obama’s birth, including his parents’ address in Honolulu, that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.
The Supreme Court declined without comment last year to hear an emergency appeal from a man who claimed Obama was not qualified for the presidency because he is not a natural born citizen.
For the record, I have not seen any documentation that certifies that Shelby is a moron, yet I still believe wholeheartedly that he is one.
From The Washington Post:
Over the weekend, two news items about Sen. Jim Bunning emerged that appear to spell trouble for the Kentucky Republican’s reelection prospects in 2010.
Item 1: On Friday, Kentucky state Senate President David Williams met with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee to discuss his interest in running for the Senate.
Item 2: During a speech Saturday at the Hardin County (Ky.) Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, Bunning said, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, that his support for conservative judges would be particularly important soon because Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has “bad cancer. The kind that you don’t get better from. … Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after [being diagnosed] with pancreatic cancer.”
Why are those two news items related? Because some of Bunning’s fellow Republicans, both in Washington and Kentucky, would very much like him either to announce his retirement or lose the GOP primary in 2010. And it’s gaffes like that Ginsburg comment which make Bunning look more and more vulnerable to defeat if he resists that pressure and decides to run for another term.
After initially declining to comment when his remarks on Ginsburg were first reported, Bunning issued an apology today to the ailing justice, who is back at work today two weeks after undergoing cancer surgery.
And, by the way, kids, the original statement of apology from Bunning’s office misspelled Justice Ginsburg’s name. Classy!
As for that meeting with Williams at the NRSC Friday, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) told Capitol Briefing today that it was just “a courtesy visit.”
“Just to clear up any potential confusion, the NRSC supports Sen. Bunning,” Cornyn said, adding that the committee would back Bunning in a contested primary, just as it does as a rule with all of its incumbents.
Cornyn’s position aside, it’s well-known that some of Bunning’s colleagues would be happy to see him ride off into the sunset next year. His fellow Kentuckian, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), has been less than enthusiastic about the idea of Bunning running again.
Bunning barely won his reelection race in 2004 over Dan Mongiardo (D), in a political environment much more favorable to the GOP than the current one. Since then, he has endured a stream of bad publicity running right up through this weekend’s comments about Ginsburg. Mongiardo, the lieutenant governor, is running again this year, and state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) may also run.
Hope both Shelby and Bunning choke on the tassels from their loafers.