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Crunch time for the Arizona birther bill

Republican state Rep. Judy Burges, sponsor of the Grand Canyon State's bill requiring more proof of citizenship from presidential candidates, gives an interview to WorldNetDaily -- the far-right site that's simultaneously on top of this, uh, "story," and mind-bendingly obscure about its use of quotes. For example:

[T]he sponsor has told WND she's concerned the GOP leadership will end up protecting President Obama's secrets.

That's some accusation! It's pregnant with implications, such as whether Burges is using this legislation as a backdoor way of getting one of the holy grails of the Obama conspiracyverse, the president's college records. Alas, no quote. But this might be more important:

[T]he state legislative session is scheduled to conclude this week, and next year's legislature may not have the same components that are willing to look at the facts about Obama's eligibility.

This is what happened in New Hampshire and South Carolina, where legislation petered out before the end of the legislative session. In a good Republican year, Burges might get more Republican colleagues in the legislature ready to back her up. But 2011 will be a year of jockeying for the GOP primary, and the state's senior senator may still be Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has made no secret of how much he loathes it when his party engages on this issue.

By David Weigel  |  April 28, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  Fringe  
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