Palin: Obama’s birth certificate is fair game; Update: Transcript added; Update: Palin responds

posted at 10:44 pm on December 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

At 7:45, your quote of the day. Something for (almost) everyone here: For the left, smoking-gun proof that she’s a fringe character, and for Birthers, smoking-gun proof that their concerns are mainstream. As for righties like me and Ed (and Glenn Beck) who think this particular science is well settled, tomorrow should be a fun media day.

I wonder if she realized when she said this that it’s going to follow her around.

Update: Some people are commenting that they can’t load the clip, so here’s a transcript.

Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?

I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue ’cause I think there are enough members of the electorate who still want answers.

Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?

I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past associations and past voting record — all of that is fair game. You know, I’ve got to tell you, too: I think our campaign, the McCain/Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area. We didn’t call out Obama and some of his associates on their records and what their beliefs were and perhaps what their future plans were. And I don’t think that that was fair to voters to not have done our jobs as candidates and as a campaign to bring to light a lot of the things that now we’re seeing made manifest in the administration.

I mean, truly, if your past is fair game and your kids are fair game, certainly Obama’s past should be. I mean, we want to treat men and women equally, right?

Hey, you know, that’s a great point, in that weird conspiracy-theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son. And a lot of people say, “Well you need to produce his birth certificate! You need to prove that he’s your kid!” Which we have done. But yeah, so maybe we could reverse that and use the same [unintelligible]-type thinking on them.

Update (Ed Morrissey): Late last night, Palin responded on her Facebook page in a post called “Stupid Conspiracy Theories”:

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.

Well, the best way not to get tagged as a Birther is to refrain from saying that people are “rightfully making it an issue” and that the only reason that she would avoid doing that herself is because “there are enough members of the electorate who still want answers.” It’s the same thing as Truthers saying that all they’re doing is “asking questions.” The answers have already been provided; they just reject them because they’re married to their conspiracies.

I think Palin just discovered the First Rule of Blogs: Don’t feed the trolls.


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Woohoo!….blimey.

Fortunata on December 3, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Ugh. First global warming now this. WHY SARAH WHY?

Darth Executor on December 3, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Ehhh. She lumped it in with his past associations and other things. She said she wouldn’t make it an issue, and placed it in the context of tit-for-tat given Andrea Sullivan’s fascination with her birth canal. She just refused to denounce it.

…which still isn’t good.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 10:49 PM

I like Sarah Palin but…

I will not even try to defend that statement. The Birthers are an embarrassment.

Antagonist on December 3, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Relax guys, I’m sure she’s “just asking questions”.

crr6 on December 3, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Hey… way to blow something innocuous way out of proportion.

BPD on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

She said she wouldn’t make it an issue

Well, she said she wouldn’t *have to* make it an issue so long as concerned citizens were “rightfully” doing so.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

This is a great thing to talk about. There are a lot of legitimate policy debates, and arguments about the nature of the US govt itself and what its role should be – so let’s talk about Obama’s birth certificate. That will be effective.

T-Paw is looking better and better, and he hasn’t even done anything.

Proud Rino on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Huh. Pretty much exactly how I feel. Probably not the biggest issue in the world, because it almost certainly is “settled”, but seriously, what the hell is wrong with wanting to see what I believe exists anyway?

ReformedAndDangerous on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

I wonder if she realized when she said this that it’s going to follow her around.

Like seeing Russia from her house?

I haven’t gotten to the quote yet, so it’s poor form to comment, but re: future, if she comments on it in a McCarthy – bigger picture, transparency way, is no harm. Does seem to whittle some of her appeal away to the mainstream voter, though.

Spirit of 1776 on December 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM

I knew this would get AP’s attention when I heard it.

technopeasant on December 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Birthers are people too. You might even know one,…or related to one!!! OMG!!!

Denouncing birthers gives them as much attention as supporting them. She answered pretty much “let them do what they want to do, I’m not going after Obama after that, there are about 100 different things to nail him on”.

portlandon on December 3, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Did she also discuss the new porno, “Chasing Levi’s Johnston”?

txag92 on December 3, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Don’t worry. A statement will be out soon be tracking that statement. Palin probably didn’t knew he was talking about.

TimeTraveler on December 3, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Well, she said she wouldn’t *have to* make it an issue so long as concerned citizens were “rightfully” doing so.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Not “so long as”…”because”. She wasn’t setting up a condition, she was explaining why.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Saying citizens have a right to demand a candidate meets constitutional requirements to be prez is controversial??

A president that won’t release his school transcripts or long form birth certificate is not contoversial ?

DeweyWins on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Well, it’s off to Copenhagen so the Obama Administration can tax us into the Stone Age for Global Warming despite snow in Houston tomorrow, Mr. McCain asked today if the Senator Reid who wants to slash Medicare is the same Senator Reid who called Medicare slashes “immoral” and it’s same ole same ole: dissecting every little thing Sarah Palin says.

Marcus on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM

AP, I put the birth certificate issue right in with the refusal to investigate the massive deliberate on-line donation fraud Obama engaged in. If the victor doesn’t have to follow the law, why have election laws at all?

SDN on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Hey, AP, where’s your clip of Romney talking jobs on Larry King tonight?

hrh40 on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM

You all know what will end this.

Palin vs. Taitz. Debate or cage match. Either will work.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM

what the hell is wrong with wanting to see what I believe exists anyway?

ReformedAndDangerous on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Allah has never and will never answer that question. He’ll discuss how terribly awesome lefty jujitsu is.

Stephen M on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Not “so long as”…”because”. She wasn’t setting up a condition, she was explaining why.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 10:53 PM

I can’t get the clip to play for me. What you said here reflects the idea of not stepping on [other] citizens’ concerns. Am I misreading you?

Spirit of 1776 on December 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

I knew this would get AP’s attention when I heard it.

technopeasant on December 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM

I’d have posted it if Romney or Huck or any other GOP chieftain had said it, though. It’s a fault line among conservatives, so it’s interesting to see on which side they fall.

In fact, I wonder if they’re going to be pressured to answer on this in their next media hits.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, 2012 is going to suck.

BadgerHawk on December 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Its rather simplistic,

next time,Obama travels to Canada,and before he steps on the
tarmac,and even before he steps out of Airforce One,I`m goin
g to send some rude French speaking Canadian immigration off
icers,and since Obama loves calling women,sweety,I`ll make it female officers,and demand that the POTHUS produces an au
thentic,non-photo-copied Birth Certificate,and if he can`t
produce it,he then can return back to America with the help
of some escorting Canadian F-18 Hornets!!!!!!!!!!
-(snark)(and I kid).

canopfor on December 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM

I wonder if she realized when she said this that it’s going to follow her around.

Of course. She’s pimping the media like the whores they are. Another stone taken away from the Obama dam. It’s bound to break sooner than later.

SouthernGent on December 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM

I can’t get the clip to play for me. What you said here reflects the idea of not stepping on [other] citizens’ concerns. Am I misreading you?

Spirit of 1776 on December 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Yes. She was asked about the birth certificate movement, and said she didn’t have a problem with it. When asked if she would make it an issue, she said she “wouldn’t have to because” citizens are looking into it for themselves. A careful dodge, decently executed IMO.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM

I personally would like to hear BHO address this, you know since he won.

d1carter on December 3, 2009 at 10:57 PM

I can’t get the clip to play for me. What you said here reflects the idea of not stepping on [other] citizens’ concerns. Am I misreading you?

Her point, as I took it, was simply that other people are raising the issue and it’s a legit one to raise. She did say this stuff and past associations are all fair game, though.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Yes. She was asked about the birth certificate movement, and said she didn’t have a problem with it.

She said, and I quote, “I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue.” Hold on, I’ll go transcribe the whole answer.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Her point, as I took it, was simply that other people are raising the issue and it’s a legit one to raise. She did say this stuff and past associations are all fair game, though.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:57 PM

I don’t see how that makes her “fringe”, though. I’ve never been a “birther”, but I don’t see any point in treating Obama’s birth certificate as if it’s CRU raw data.

ddrintn on December 3, 2009 at 10:58 PM

It’s fair game until it’s released.

Along with Obongo’s medical records, thesis and college transcripts.

David2.0 on December 3, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Paid RINO is pimping T-Paw.

Hey, thanks for the warning!

james23 on December 3, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Allah has never and will never answer that question. He’ll discuss how terribly awesome lefty jujitsu is.

Stephen M on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Heh. I wasn’t trying to antagonize AP, so long as plenty others rightly do so themselves :P

haha seriously though, I think AP supports Palin, but enjoys seeing the reactions people have to some of these stories. For that matter, so do I…

ReformedAndDangerous on December 3, 2009 at 10:59 PM

She did say this stuff and past associations are all fair game, though.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:57 PM

From Palin’s point of view (and many conservatives) if we had a media that did it’s job objectively the citizenry wouldn’t have to do their own background vetting on a Presidential candidate. So yeah. I agree with her.

portlandon on December 3, 2009 at 10:59 PM

I am sure the media will use this to try and make her look like a kook. So, what is new?

I think Obama was born in Hawaii, and I also think that Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig. Andrew Sullivan needs to accept that and move on.

Terrye on December 3, 2009 at 10:59 PM

David2.0 on December 3, 2009 at 10:58 PM

You are a piece of trash.

terryannonline on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

I would like to know who verifies info like birth certificates. If there is a requirement in the Constitution, shouldn’t there be a committee or executive office where documents are verified and kept on file? It doesn’t really matter whether or not ObaMao is a citizen or not, he is the President now and he is destroying this country like no foreigner has ever been able to.

Sporty1946 on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Very good, thanks.

I think the issue is badly handled, within the party, myself. I fall squarely in the area of ‘conservatives should make an issue of transparency in this administration (especially as juxtaposed to campaign promises) and I do understand that some others within the party find that philosophically congruent with Truthers. So it’s a delicate issue within the party.

However, it’s been inconsequential so far. I eagerly await the RNC head’s upcoming agreement with Olbermann on the issue.

Spirit of 1776 on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

It’s not weird if a citizen wants to see the original birth certificate of the President, it’s weird when the President doesn’t want anyone to see it.

karlant on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Any GOP member running for President that feels the need to bring this up in 2011-12 does not deserve to be President. That is pretty pathetic if you cannot make a case for being President on ideas and the current President’s record.

WashJeff on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

First global warming now this. WHY SARAH WHY?

Darth Executor on December 3, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Huh?

KittyLowrey on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Uh, guys…. maybe she just thinks politicians should be open and “transparent” as BO promised. I’ve got no problem with that.

Set aside the BC matter, what about his college transcripts? Anyone know anything about Barry’s college days? Nope. He’s supposed to be some sort of freakin’ genius, and yet there’s nothing to prove it. He didn’t even write anything for the Harvard Law Review. Everything has been sealed.

Wonder why? He sure as hell doesn’t sound so smart when he’s talking about the economy, business, history, or foreign policy.

Andrew Sullivan has discussed and questioned Palin’s vagina endlessly. Why can’t we see Barry’s BC and college transcripts? All we have are his two obnoxious books.

Cody1991 on December 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM

She’s lumping it in with Obama’s entire past, and past associations, which rightfully deserve to be questioned.

She’s not a birther in the fact that she thinks Obama is illegally President. She, however, has deep questions about his past that have not been answered.

Enoxo on December 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Her point, as I took it, was simply that other people are raising the issue and it’s a legit one to raise. She did say this stuff and past associations are all fair game, though.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Yup, she definitely said it was “fair game.” I also agree that if any conservative said it was fair game, Romney, Huck, etc., you would have posted the clip too.

Still a Palin lover, but this will come back to haunt her if she does run.

I think it would be wise to just state that it really is a non-issue to them personally as they believe there are more policy-related matters that Obama is failing on.

deidre on December 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Sarah zings Obama, then challenges him to skip Copenhagen, then her lawyer announces 2 more ethics charges have been dismissed. Overall, another good day for the cuda.

huckleberryfriend on December 3, 2009 at 11:02 PM

And why, pray tell, does the throwaway comment on the birth certificate rate a separate post with a wink photo, no less, and yet the substantive, 3-paragraph, hard-hitting, on the nose criticism of the Copenhagen trip and the environmental priests not?

You’re really unbelievably transparent …

hrh40 on December 3, 2009 at 11:02 PM

even Ben Smith understands where she was going with this:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1209/Palin_Obama_birth_certificate_a_fair_question.html?showall

Palin suggested that the questions were fair play because of “the weird conspiracy theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son — ‘You need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,’ which we have done.”

“Maybe we can reverse that,” she said, returning to Obama’s birth certificate, describing the type of thinking involved with a word that isn’t clear in the audio.

joey24007 on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

“I wonder if she realized when she said this that it’ll follow her around from now on.”

I doubt it.

Let us see…

‘Man Made Global Warming’ and all of it’s legislative and forced regulations on our freedom tied with the Environmental Religion to keep us from being energy independent and a thriving global economy is acceptable,

… but letting ‘the public’ or ‘voters’ to want to see verification of ‘the one who bows to the world’ to his qualifications, his ideology, be it his college transcripts, his state senate voting records, his tax returns, his medical records, and yes, maybe even his birth certificate (I can produce mine with ease), how about a driver’s license, the mortgage to his house, how about how ‘Joe the Plumber’ was treated?

What’s wrong with securing the border?

What’s wrong with wanting the Executive Branch to know what they are fuc%ing doing?

By the way, if the ‘Left’ would have let us drill for our own oil back in 2001, we would be a year away from energy independence.

This is such a non-issue. I love her more and more each day.

That’s my girl…!

Seven Percent Solution on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Relax guys, I’m sure she’s “just asking questions”.

crr6 on December 3, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Yeah, just like Michael Moore did in that trashy documentary of his. You know the one…it was about 9/11… Congressional Democrats left the chamber early so that they could make the opening.

Terrye on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

I am pretty sure Obama was born in Hawaii, but you gotta wonder if there is something else “interesting” on that birth certificate – nothing that would disqualify him from being president, but something potentially embarrassing…

Given that Obama’s Senate race succeeded only because two sets of supposedly “sealed” divorce papers got published, I would like to see a bit more of Mr. Clean’s records – college and law school transcripts would be a good place to start, 18 months ago.

holdfast on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

This shit sounds to me like a book tour publicity stunt.

TimeTraveler on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Ok, screw the birth certificate, can I see the original CRU global warming data?

WashJeff on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Thank god…

Huck has taken himself out of 2012 and now so has Palin…

ninjapirate on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

So what’s the game plan? Do we call her a Birther or just conveniently ignore this whole statement?

Dark-Star on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Denouncing birthers gives them as much attention as supporting them. She answered pretty much “let them do what they want to do, I’m not going after Obama after that, there are about 100 different things to nail him on”.

portlandon on December 3, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Exactly. Seems pretty basic to we normal types.

KittyLowrey on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

She’s lumping it in with Obama’s entire past, and past associations, which rightfully deserve to be questioned.

She’s not a birther in the fact that she thinks Obama is illegally President. She, however, has deep questions about his past that have not been answered.

Enoxo on December 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Furthering my comment, she’s overall saying that EVERYTHING should be fair game about Obama, with regards to the way the media treated her family.

Tit-for-tat. They make issues of her uterus, and scrutinize her family to death, Obama should be scrutinized equally well.

Enoxo on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Appears AP is accusing Palin of being un-PC. Horrors. He is nothing if not persistent.

Hey AP, maybe now people will listen to you about Palin. Eagleton option, right baby?

james23 on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Still a Palin lover, but this will come back to haunt her if she does run.

She shouldn’t run for president. I believe she was caugh off guard by the question. If she’s caught off guard by a simple question she shouldn’t run for president.

terryannonline on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Interviewer: …would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?

Palin: Um…I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. Um, I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think there are enough members of the electorate that still want answers.

Interviewer: Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?

Palin: I think it’s a fair question just like I think past associations and past voting records, all of that is fair game.

Then she pretty much sidesteps the topic.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Thank you terryanneonline. I am sure this was appreciated.

Cindy Munford on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Any GOP member running for President that feels the need to bring this up in 2011-12 does not deserve to be President. That is pretty pathetic if you cannot make a case for being President on ideas and the current President’s record.

WashJeff on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Who brought up, exactly?

KittyLowrey on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

See, I don’t understand why Palin saying it’s fair game that the POTUS is spending MILLIONS to sequester his records, and yet it’s HER comment that will come back to haunt HER?

Excuse me, this is the POTUS who sites the separations of powers act to make sure his SOCIAL SECRETARY doesn’t have to testify before Congress.

Wow, what an upside down world this is …

hrh40 on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

I think how she worded it made quite a bit of difference. Maybe intentional, maybe not.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 11:05 PM

If this is a deal-breaker for some people so be it. All Sarah should have said IMHO was that the voters had every right to raise the “birther” question and left it at that.

But when she continued on that it was a legit issue to raise along with Obama’s past associations I think he talking more in clinical terms in terms of the President having to be a natural born citizen to be eligible for POTUS rather than in practical terms of calling Obama out on the issue.

But I think my viewppoint may be in the minority.

technopeasant on December 3, 2009 at 11:05 PM

You are a piece of trash.

terryannonline on December 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Wow, the resident psycho has turned her neurosis towards me.

I actually feel kinda honored.

David2.0 on December 3, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Btw, she’s clearly saying they have the right to their views, she’s not saying they’re right in those views.

Duh

So much for heaving bosoms thinking here’s another big nothing to bash her over.

KittyLowrey on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

She shouldn’t run for president. I believe she was caugh off guard by the question. If she’s caught off guard by a simple question she shouldn’t run for president.
terryannonline on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

You just managed to disqualify every single citizen of this nation, which leaves us…I guess Lizard Man of Minnesota.

Bishop on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Huck has taken himself out of 2012 and now so has Palin…

I saw the context at politico and now I understand why she said what she said…

but still, please no Palin in 2012…

and stop going on Rusty Humphries show… he is a complete moron…

ninjapirate on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Thank god…

Huck has taken himself out of 2012 and now so has Palin…

ninjapirate on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Wish I had a dime for every time you declared Palin is finished. I’m sure her polls crash tomorrow….fool.

james23 on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Hoo-boy…this should be fun.

The Ugly American on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Thank god…

Huck has taken himself out of 2012 and now so has Palin…

ninjapirate on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

You wish.

Enoxo on December 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Palin suggested that the questions were fair play because of “the weird conspiracy theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son — ‘You need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,’ which we have done.”

“Maybe we can reverse that,” she said, returning to Obama’s birth certificate, describing the type of thinking involved with a word that isn’t clear in the audio.

TimeTraveler on December 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Relax, people. Palin punted the question and lumped it in with other questions people might have about a candidate’s past.

Come in off the ledge, guys.

RadioFreeUSA on December 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

I got it to play on Uverse’s page. Yeah, I agree. It is fair game because it’s a Constitutional requirement. She didn’t say he wasn’t a citizen, and she did lump it with past associations (which I saw in your answer, thanks AP).

The 2nd point will determine this line. If she says anything that makes her look like she thinks that the electorate has been defrauded, then she will be ostracized by some. That answer, alone, though, is harmless I suspect.

What I am curious about, is how many people are bringing this up to her in her signings. She came to my city, and people camped out overnight to see her. I was surprised/impressed/shocked etc.

Spirit of 1776 on December 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Who brought up, exactly?

KittyLowrey on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

No one did. Just looking forward and reenforcing this is a dumb issue to discuss for any politcian. I think Sarah is smart enough that she would not bring up the birth certificate issue in a 2012 run, but she would definitely bring up past associations and hirings in his administration.

WashJeff on December 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

…oh…and almost forgot.

ADVANTAGE ROMNEY!

The Ugly American on December 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Along with Obongo’s medical records, thesis and college transcripts.

This.

rickyricardo on December 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Then she pretty much sidesteps the topic.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Which is what politicians do on most contentious issues, or when they have to walk a tightrope between a chunk of their base and independents. I think this issue requires a more definitive statement, lest it be used (and it will) to bash her over the head if she ends up running.

BadgerHawk on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

She shouldn’t run for president. I believe she was caugh off guard by the question. If she’s caught off guard by a simple question she shouldn’t run for president.

I’ve listened to Rusty’s show once in a while whenever someone major goes on there… every freak’n time he brings up the birth certificate… please stop going on his show… he is an idiot…

ninjapirate on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Oh yeah, Palinbots. She’s just soooooo much better than Romney or Pawlenty or ANYONE else.

Christ.

I guess this is her “goin’ rogue!”

Vyce on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

lol.

elduende on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

She shouldn’t run for president. I believe she was caugh off guard by the question. If she’s caught off guard by a simple question she shouldn’t run for president.

terryannonline on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

There isn’t a single president or presidential candidate who hasn’t been caught off guard by a question, particularly regarding a fringe movement on their side of the political spectrum.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

So don’t vote for her if she runs, terryannonline. Are you one of those one-issue voters Homeland Security’s so worried about?

hrh40 on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Well, she said she wouldn’t *have to* make it an issue so long as concerned citizens were “rightfully” doing so.

Allahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Because they have every “right” to do so. It’s obvious what she was saying. Concerned citizens have a “right” to ask the question in a free society, and that she’s not personally concerned about, iow, to her it’s a non-issue, but for others who believe that he was born elsewhere, they are free to question.

AP, quit trying to destroy this woman.

True_King on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Thank god…

Huck has taken himself out of 2012 and now so has Palin…

ninjapirate on December 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Yes, we can all sleep better now that Obama might cruise to another 4 year term. /s

Ninja, sometimes I worry about you. Actually all the time.

portlandon on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Nothing to see here. Huck will grant her clemency.

rickyricardo on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Relax guys, I’m sure she’s “just asking questions”.

crr6 on December 3, 2009 at 10:50 PM

LOL…

The Ugly American on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Which is what politicians do on most contentious issues, or when they have to walk a tightrope between a chunk of their base and independents. I think this issue requires a more definitive statement, lest it be used (and it will) to bash her over the head if she ends up running.

BadgerHawk on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Agreed. I still think this will dog her somewhat, and I hope she makes the right move and says it’s a minor issue compared to all of the others facing us.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Allah:

This is the quote:
the quote form the interview

question: Would you make the birth cirtificate and issue if you ran

Palin: ‘hmmm I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue. i don’t have a problem with that. i don’t know if i would have to bother to make it an issue because i think enough members of the electorate still wants answers.

question: Do you think it is a fair question to be looking at?

Palin: I think it is a fair question just like I think past associations and past voting records all of that is fair game.

unseen on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

BadgerHawk on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Or just sidestep the entire question all together, which is another commonly employed tactic of politicians that’s both smart and infuriating. Just answer about the past associations, and leave it at that.

BadgerHawk on December 3, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Wish I had a dime for every time you declared Palin is finished. I’m sure her polls crash tomorrow….fool.

james23 on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Palin was finished the day she resigned the Alaska governorship. The rest of this stuff just kind of reinforces that.

Proud Rino on December 3, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Then she pretty much sidesteps the topic.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Yes, that’s the same impression I get.

She shouldn’t run for president. I believe she was caugh off guard by the question.

terryannonline on December 3, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Yes, thanks for your insight, TA, it’s quite helpful. But I don’t think you mean she was caught by suprise, I think you mean she was a little too smooth, if you know what I mean! Like she was hiding something about what she really believes!

Spirit of 1776 on December 3, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Another setback for Saint Sarah. The beatification will have to be delayed.

This is going to be spun by the Media as Palin supports Birthers.

No ifs and or doubts about that.

Romney – Huck – now Palin imploding.

Jim Demint in 2012.

Mister Ghost on December 3, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Forget birth certificates! Obamacare will have the death certificate industry going full bore!

SouthernGent on December 3, 2009 at 11:10 PM

This is bad news for her prospective Republican opponents. I wonder if any of them will be stupid enough to release statements in support of Obama’s unprecedented concealment of documents in the coming days. Would any of them be dumb enough to claim that people born with multiple citizenships is a natural born citizen?

Buddahpundit on December 3, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Yes, we can all sleep better now that Obama might cruise to another 4 year term. /s

Ninja, sometimes I worry about you. Actually all the time.

portlandon on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Obama would crush Palin… it’s too late for her… and she would be better off running in 2016 anyway…

the only person who really has there hat in the ring now is Pawlenty… nobody from 2008 is good for 2012…

ninjapirate on December 3, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Meltdown in full effect.

Nice job, AP….LOL

The Ugly American on December 3, 2009 at 11:11 PM

OMG! Horrors! SP isn’t perfect?!?! She shouldn’t even consider a run for POTUS now. The scandal of it all.

/sarc

The birth certificate in and of itself isn’t the issue. It’s the simple fact that Obama won’t make it publicly available and dispel all the birther nonsense with a single act. The same issue can be raised regarding his transcripts from Columbia. Why can’t we see documented evidence of his birth and his attendance?

Frankly I don’t care much b/c no one would make him step aside if he in fact wasn’t born here, not even the GOP.

Anything she can do to keep Obama and his court off balance is ok with me.

And no T-Paw isn’t the man we want. We want IN Governor Mitch Daniels. T-Paw is a poseur.

DerKrieger on December 3, 2009 at 11:11 PM

I hope she makes the right move and says it’s a minor issue compared to all of the others facing us.

MadisonConservative on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

This would also be smart. Shift the question directly to a topic that’s more advantageous to her cause without ever answering it.

BadgerHawk on December 3, 2009 at 11:12 PM

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