The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent reports that Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) will be introducing a resolution today on the House floor commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. However, there’s a catch. The resolution will also describe Hawaii as President Obama’s birthplace, which may “put House GOPers who are flirting with birtherism in a jam”:
“In the language of the resolution, there is a statement that Hawaii is the birthplace of the 44th President of the United States,” Abercrombie spokesman Dave Helfert confirms.
That confronts House GOPers with a choice: They can vote for the measure, and endorse the idea that Obama was born in Hawaii, which could earn the wrath of birthers. Or they can vote against commemorating the 50th state’s joining of our blessed Union. Or GOPers can skip the vote, but that could look nutty.
“Far be it from us to try to stir things up,” Helfert said puckishly. “The president was born there, so what are you gonna do? Not mention it?”
Meanwhile, Politico reports that Orly Taitz, who claims to be leading the birther movement, “is boasting on her blog” that she has made some high-profile Republican “friends” on Facebook: RNC chair Michael Steele, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY). “To me it means that the leadership of the Republican party understands the importance of the issues and legal cases I brought forward,” she said.
Read more about the GOP’s “Wacko Wing” in today’s Progress Report.