Obama Birther Not a Cruz Birther

And so it begins, with some (but not all) of the people who have spent the last few years arguing that Obama is not eligible to be president because his birth certificate is fake and he wasn’t really born in Hawaii suddenly deciding that this standard does not apply to Sen. Ted Cruz. Rep. Steve Stockman has a transparently silly excuse for his clear hypocrisy on the subject:

To hear Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, describe it, the difference between President Obama and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas – on the question of their eligibility for the highest office in the land – may be a case of comparing apples and oranges.

The congressman said with Cruz, it is a legal question of whether he is eligible to serve as president – whereas the issue with Obama is not really about where he was born, but whether his documentation is authentic…

In an exclusive interview with WND, Stockman said, in the case of Obama, it is more of a question about the validity of the documentation as well as his forthrightness, whereas with Cruz, it is more of a matter for legal and constitutional scholars to decide.

Stockman was happy to talk about his fellow Texan and tea-party favorite, saying, “He’s a good friend of mine and a great guy. In fact, I believe we go to the same church in Houston.”

And, of course, he’s not black. All of this is nonsense. Even if Obama’s birth certificate was fake — and it’s not — what’s the worst that could mean? That he was born in another country to an American mother. Just like Cruz. So if Cruz is eligible, so is Obama even if the birthers idiotic theories are true (which, of course, they aren’t). You can expect a lot more of this hypocrisy.

21 comments on this post.
  1. Gregory in Seattle:

    Race and party affiliation. What more needs to be said?

  2. nkrishna:

    This is the best thing about Ted Cruz–he makes right-wingers twist themselves into circus-worthy contortions to justify the crazy theories they themselves came up with.

  3. coragyps:

    “In fact, I believe we go to the same church in Houston.”

    Say what? You don’t know, Steve?

  4. Matt G:

    He believes he goes to the same church as Cruz? He doesn’t know? Kinda makes you wonder how seriously he takes this church business.

  5. Alverant:

    Is anyone REALLY surprised by this?

  6. democommie:

    “Is anyone REALLY surprised by this?”

    “I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you!”, says Supply Sergeant democommie as he collects his share of the weekly blackmarket’s proceeds!

  7. Synfandel:

    Have you seen some of these evangelical churches? They rival the Superdome for seating capacity. I’m not surprised he hasn’t bumped into Senator Cruz on Sunday morning.

  8. iangould:

    How do we know Cruz’s birth certificate is genuine?

    Has Ron Polarik checked it out?

  9. timgueguen:

    I wonder how hard it would be, and how far the story might go, to plant the idea amongst the cranks that Cruz is actually a Cuban mole. It makes about as much sense as some of the wilder Obama claims, and they fall for that crap.

  10. vmanis1:

    So the first slogan for the animals at Manor Farm was `Four legs good, two legs bad’. After the alliance with the humans, it became `Four legs good, two legs BETTER’.

  11. petemoulton:

    Coragyps: “Say what? You don’t know, Steve?”

    Well, they make Cruz sit in the back with the other Mesicans…

  12. dcsohl:

    That is true, Synfandel… but wouldn’t you know if you went to the same church–even a mega-church–as a “good friend of yours”?

  13. democommie:

    “Say what? You don’t know, Steve?”

    Sounds like bullshit to me.

    Jefe Cruz has been said, by his father, to be one of the anointed (maybe we should start calling him, “MESSIAH”?), so I’m sure that he sits right next to the Bull Preacher on the dais.
    AND

    Steve Stockman is for GODfuckin’damnedsure in the choir.

    so I’m sure that they can see each other from there.

  14. dingojack:

    Demo – Maybe Steve was humping the chiorboys*.
    Dingo
    ——–
    * isn’t that what churches are for?

  15. Area Man:

    …whereas the issue with Obama is not really about where he was born, but whether his documentation is authentic…

    Birthers still can’t get it through their thick heads that if Obama was born in Hawaii, then he’s eligible to be President. Full stop. Finding imperfections on the birth certificate, or complaining that it’s not the right version, doesn’t magically cause him to have been born elsewhere.

  16. jnorris:

    Following up on timgueguen at #9: Does Cuba recognize Ted Cruz as a citizen because his father was a Cuban at the time of his birth?

  17. felidae:

    “the issue with Obama is not really about where he was born, but whether his documentation is authentic…”
    The issue was always about the quantity of melanin in Obama’s skin

  18. Pierce R. Butler:

    Between Ted Cruz and George Zimmerman, the rabid-right is rapidly painting itself into the corner of having to accept Hispanics as white, entitled to hold office and carry guns and all sorts of Caucasian stuff.

    Maybe they’ll maintain an exception for Mexicans, for the sake of southern-border wall contractors.

  19. Francisco Bacopa:

    Cubans have been white for a long time. Communism turns all Cubans white who aren’t in Cuba.

    Also, about the church thing: How often is Stockman in Houston on a Sunday morning? Bit of a drive just to go to church.

  20. dan4:

    “…whereas the issue with Obama is not really whether he is born, but whether his documentation is authentic…”

    Uh, I’m confused about why/how Stockman feels that these are somehow separate issues. What would be the point of Obama faking his birth certificate if he was born in America in the first place (i.e. if he had no reason to have a fake birth certificate)?

  21. sezme:

    I’m gonna keep an open mind until Sheriff Joe weighs in. He’s the deciding authority, right?

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