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Birther speaker booked for next tea party convention

One of the most awkward moments of the National Tea Party Convention in February came when Andrew Breitbart criticized WorldNetDaily Editor-in-Chief Joseph Farah for spending much of his convention speech on the conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's citizenship -- a criticism and confrontation I wrote about at the time.

No hard feelings, apparently. Breibart was already booked for the follow-up convention, a National Tea Party Unity event in Las Vegas, sponsored once against by Judson Phillips and Tea Party Nation. Today, the group announces its latest speaker ... Joseph Farah. From the release:

Farah's fearless perspective stems from his role as a government watchdog with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. He spoke at the February convention and is looking to reprise his role by challenging delegates to band together and overcome the challenges of the left, and in particular, the Obama administration.

Proof that "birtherism," while often compared to conspiracy theories about the origins of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is nowhere near as politically toxic in the conservative base.

By David Weigel  |  May 14, 2010; 2:17 PM ET
Categories:  Tea Party  
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