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The story that will not end. On Tuesday, the House easily passed what many have already called "the anti-birther" bill - House Resolution 538 in a 378 -0 vote.

Well a day later, Bill Posey's "birther bill" gained it's tenth co-sponsor Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01)


The summary of the bill

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.

Kind of interesting that this happens a day after what should have been Neil Abercrombie's stop to legitimizing the "birther" movement.

H/T/ to  Media Matters for this discovery noting that Gohmert does not even issue a press release on his Website.

Notably, Rep. Gohmert hasn't issued a press release announcing his sponsorship, so it seems he doesn't want to advertise his move toward the fringe.

Gohmert - who I haven't followed much - seems to be right up there with the Bachmanns, the Foxx's, and the DeMint's, based on what I'm finding out

Here's what Gohmert had to say about the Chinese

But we are even in different times now. We are still borrowing money from the Chinese. And, once again, the irony here is incredible. We are going to borrow more money from the Chinese to possibly give them money back to create habitats for wild dogs and cats that are rare.

There is no assurance that if we did that we wouldn't end up with moo goo dog pan or moo goo cat pan. There is no way to assure that money will not be wasted when it's sent to foreign countries.

Gohmert is also spreading some fantastic exaggerations and lies about the health care plan

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) recently appeared on the radical right-wing radio show of Alex Jones and the two happily traded conspiracy theories, which touched on the more wackier pearls of Conservative fringe wisdom, including claims that the White house is spiking our water with drugs to sterilize the whole country and comparing Obama’s policies to Hitler and Chairman Mao.

Rep. Gohmert spoke for thirty minutes and engaged in the Republican fear-mongering about the inclusion of a public option in health care reform, claiming it "is going to absolutely kill senior citizens. They’ll put them on lists and force them to die early because they won’t get the treatment as early as they need," said the Congressman.

Gohmert also claimed that a public health option would empower the government with "...every right to tell you what you eat, what you drink, how you exercise, where you live." Gohmert didn’t stop there; he was on a roll.

The excited Congressman then tried his hardest to make an analogy between a recent bill to humanely manage the wild mustang population, entitled "Restore Our American Mustangs Act," and government run health care that would somehow force people to use contraception against their will.

Wow it looks like Gohmert signing the Birther Bill is just par for the course. This Jones guy, on whose show Gohmert appeared, seems to be a complete wignutt. Although Gohmert felt obligated to vote for the resolution, he's obviously still a birther and from what I see he is definitely without a shadow of a doubt fringe.

Originally posted to alpolitics on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 03:37 PM PDT.

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