Just when you thought birtherism was lying dormant in the ugly world of politics, Mitt Romeny goes and makes a tasteless, unfunny "joke" about President Obama's birth certificate. Here's what happened: Last night at a rally in Commerce, Michigan, Romney said to a crowd of around 1,000 people: "No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where [wife Ann and I] were born and raised." And naturally, since the comments were made to Romney supporters, they were met with cheers. But when the Obama campaign got wind of mud-slinging words, they were none too pleased.
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt issued the statement: "Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America."
And then Romney adviser Kevin Madden countered the accusation by saying: "The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the President was born here in the United States. He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised."
Mehhhh ... be that as it may, the joke definitely sounded like an Obama dig -- a ridiculous Obama birth certificate dig -- and it was in poor taste. I'm all for a little humor in politics -- God knows we can use it -- but enough with the birth certificate stuff already. We saw it.
Whether Romney intended to or not, the comments certainly aligned him with other "strident" conservatives, such as reality-TV show host, Donald Trump, the man responsible for starting this whole Obama birth certificate nonsense in the first place. He doesn't want to be aligned with Donald Trump, does he?
Thus far, the 2012 election has been an ugly one, and these comments -- from both parties -- are only an indication that things are about to get uglier.
Do you think Romney's "joke" was in poor taste?
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