My colleague Zaid Jilani is from Georgia, and rarely lets a lunatic outburst from Paul Broun go unnoticed. In today’s addition, Broun goes birther saying “I don’t know” to a question about Barack Obama’s citizenship from radio host Pete Dominick:
DOMINICK: You think he’s an American citizen and a Christian?
BROUN: I’m not gonna get involved in that.
DOMINICK: You can’t say that he’s an American citizen?
BROUN: Well —
DOMINICK: You can’t say the president’s an American citizen?
BROUN: I don’t know.
For a brief moment, conservative leaders seemed to be trying to get this nonsense out of their movement—unlike your average right-wing lie, I think this one is merely embarrassing—but lately it’s taking over.