The Latest Obama Smear…

Have you heard the latest one? You know, that Barack Obama is traveling to Hawaii not to visit his sick grandmother, but is actually going there to have a birth certificate forged to prove he is a US citizen, when he really is not (and is, therefore, not eligible to run for President).

Althought Media Matters debunked this claim back on October 14th, last night Michael Savage was still talking about it. He and his guest, some lawyer, said that Obama had not ever produced a birth certificate, even though he actually did, and even posted it on his website. (see UPDATE below)

But then, right-wing radio hatemongers never let something like the truth get in their way.

The first I heard about this was when someone called in to the Ed Schultz show yesterday and said she had been told by a US Postal Service employee that her early vote would just be thrown away. When she asked why, the employee told her that there was a controversy brewing about Obama’s inability to produce a birth certificate, and it would eventually be discovered that he was not a US citizen. And, in fact, he was traveling to Hawaii to try to purge any existence of his Kenyan citizenship and to obtain a forged US birth certificate.

Amazing.

I see from the Media Matters piece that on October 8th, Savage noted (as he did last night) that it was “a leading Democrat from Pennsylvania” who was suing the Obama campaign, claiming he was not a citizen.

I’m wondering if the Savage show is in repeats, because if not, Savage has just been repeating the same old lies for almost a month now.

These folks keep lying and lying — Hannity with his Ayers stuff, Savage with his bogus birth certificate allegation.

Yesterday, both Rush and Sean talked a lot about the “tightening of the polls,” and how things were getting close, that the last debate really had people moving toward John McCain because his “Joe the Plumber” trick was so effective.

Today we find out this so-called tightening of the polls is also bogus.

The numbers are startling. Obama leads by 12 points in Ohio, 11 in Pennsylvania and 13 in Wisconsin. In Michigan, where McCain’s campaign has pulled out, Obama’s lead is 22 points. In Indiana, a strong red state, his lead is 10 points, larger than in other recent polls.

Quinnipiac University also released polls yesterday from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida that show Obama leading in all three. In these surveys, his lead in Pennsylvania is 13 points. In Ohio, which is a must-win for McCain, Obama’s lead is 14 points.

There may be quibbles with the particular margins in particular states, but the direction of these surveys is consistent with almost all national polls, which show Obama’s lead approaching or slightly into double digits.

The Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll has been holding steady this week, showing Obama’s advantage at around 10 points. Gallup has had it between five and eight points, depending on its model for determining the most likely voters. The Pew Research Center put it at 14 points. The NBCWall Street Journal poll showed a 10-point lead for Obama earlier this week.

I’m not naive enough to think things can’t change before election day, but for Rush and Sean to use one or two polls to say that the contest is now within the statistical margin of error is just intellectually dishonest. Why don’t they say Obama is running away with the lead and you folks are ALL going to have to make sure you get out and vote?

Just as an aside, even though John McCain got a clear answer from Obama in the last debate about ties to William Ayers, he’s still lying on the campaign trail, claiming that  What was that about an “honest campaign about the issues?” Hey John, please check out factcheck.org’s very thorough investigation on the ties between Ayers and Obama if you really need an answer on that, OK? What? No? You aren’t interested? Why am I not surprised? If you feign ignorance of the answer you can keep using it as a campaign tool, right?

But back to the polls and getting people to vote — I continue to be amazed by the Democratic organization this year. Not the “Organization,” capital O, but the organization. Obama ads in video games, massive effort to get those who ordinarily would stay home on election day to actually go out and vote early, etc. There’s a great article over at Salon today about the voting issues in Florida and how Democrats are preparing to deal with it ahead of time. I know the “race is tightening,” and that there are still eleven days until election day. I know that the issue of race — the so-called Bradley effect — could throw these pollsters for a loop. I know that there are a whole host of issues that could help McCain somehow pull this out and win the battleground states.

But I also know that it sounds like the Obama organizational machine is just stunning — that there isn’t a possibile election scenario that it hasn’t dissected, analyzed and planned for.

If Obama somehow loses this election, it won’t be because they weren’t prepared, didn’t answer attacks early enough or forcefully enough, etc.

And if he does somehow lose this election, I don’t know what it would take to elect a Democratic president in the future. I mean when the GOP is reaching new heights of unpopularity and disapproval, when it features a White House team that will go down in history as the worst ever and a presidential candidate that agrees with most of its traditional (failed) policies, when all the cosmic signs are pointing to the Democratic candidate winning in a landslide, being on the “right side of history…” When all that fails, what can you ever believe in ever again?

UPDATE: It seems the birth certificate issue is gaining steam in the right-wing blogosphere. Lots of information over at Atlas Shrugged, although that site’s allegations go way back to July or earlier. Here’s the substance of their claim (empasis not mine):

Barack Obama is not a legal U.S. natural-born citizen according to the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between December 24, 1952, to November 13, 1986. Federal Law requires that the office of President requires a natural-born citizen if the child was not born to two U.S. Citizen parents. This is what exempts John McCain, though he was born in the US Panama Canal Zone.

US Law very clearly states: ‘. . . If only one parent is a U.S. Citizen at the time of one’s birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for minimum ten years, five of which must be after the age of 16.’ Barack Obama’s father was not a U.S. Citizen is a fact.

Obama’s mother was only 18 when Obama was born. This means even though she had been a U.S. Citizen for 10 years, (or citizen of Hawaii being a territory), his mother fails the test for at-least-5-years- prior-to Barack Obama’s birth, but-after-age-16.

This was the argument presented on Savage Nation last night. Apparently Savage and his guest got a hold of this article. They probably should have read a little further down though, as Atlas posted an update:

UPDATE: Apparently, the above is wrong. Larwyn consulted with legal and she clarifies the law for us: The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 says:

“…a person born in an outlying possession of the United States of parents one of whom is a citizen of the United States who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year at any time prior to the birth of such person…” [Section 301e, {8 U.S.C. 1401} emphasis mine]

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961.  On August 21, 1959, Hawaii was admitted to the union as our 50th state, which means Barack Obama was born IN the United States.

Section 301a, {8 U.S.C. 1401 says “a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.  Obama could have been an anchor baby of illegal aliens and could still be President.

Plain and simple Barack Obama is a natural-born American citizen.

Thank you. Now, I assume, we can put at least that part of the crap on the wall to rest. Next up, forgery investigation. The National Review is on the case (of course). A date of November 7th was set for a hearing in Hawaii regarding the matter of a birth certificate forgery. I haven’t read the initial petition, but someone filed for an emergency hearing in front of the Supreme Court on the matter, but the court decided that the person filing for relief didn’t have any “direct and tangible interest in [obtaining a copy of the birth certificate],” and so the original post-election date stands.

Of course, if Obama is elected as POTUS on November 4th, that could set the stage for a Supreme Court showdown where allowing such a proceeding to occur on November 7th “would threaten irreparable harm to [Obama] by casting a cloud upon what he claims to be the legitimacy of his election.”

Payback’s a bitch, ain’t it?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *