Monday, February 16, 2009

Frivolous Lawsuits

Remember all the noise the GOP made about "frivolous lawsuits" and their impediment to the US' common weal? Seems that they're perfectly acceptable as long as the GOP is a plaintiff. Washington Monthly has more on a story of Tennessee Republicans suing to force President Obama to produce his birth certificate on the presumption that previous documentation of Obama's US citizenship is forged.

Steve Benen notes:
It seems a little early in Obama's presidency to see Republicans become this deranged.

After recent debates about the future of God's Own Party, and news of the solidification of the wingnut side of that body, it is clear that they became "this deranged" some time ago. This suit, rather than a surprise, should be expected from a party that takes its marching orders from rightwing pseudopundits and continues to pander to the extreme right wing of its ranks at the expense of its future and the nation.


  1. Actually, I think they've gone beyond "deranged" and sailed into "surreal."

  2. Obama’s stealing the census from Congress has suddenly awakened and enraged the Republicans. Maybe this will arouse them as well to challenge Obama for stealing the Presidency itself. They surely know he is not an Article 2 “natural born citizen” (which is more than merely being a 14th Amendment “citizen”) by virtue of either Obama’s birth to a dad of Kenyan/British citizenship or birth in Kenya itself — as manifested by his unwillingness to supply his long form birth certificate now under seal.

  3. Ted:

    The birth certificate issue has already been addressed and closed. See
    for details. The suit is ridiculous because the issue has been addressed - all the way into the court system - and resolved against the TN plaintiffs' position. These folks are throwing a publicity stunt: nothing more.

    As for "stealing the Presidency," 53% of the popular vote is decisive, and the electoral spread was significant. The whole "voter fraud" item has already been debunked enough not to repeat it here.

    And the Census Bureau? That's already in the Commerce Dept., which is an executive branch entity. Congress only has the authority to approve the appointees to the management.

    How's that Kool-aid now?