Today, the Kansas Board of Objections entertained birtherism.
A trio of Republicans, as set forth by Kansas law and led by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, decided that they didn't have enough information to decide that President Barack Obama was a legal candidate.
Three of the state's top elected officials Thursday determined they lacked evidence of President Barack Obama's birth records to decide whether to remove the Democratic nominee from the November ballot in Kansas.More below the fold.
The State Objections Board comprised of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer postponed action on a ballot complaint filed by a Manhattan resident pending acquisition of a certified copy of Obama's birth certirficate from Hawaii.I first heard it on our local public radio station as I was picking my husband up from work. I was flabbergasted, but I thought maybe I had misheard.
No, I hadn't. I really did hear it correctly.
"I don't think it's a frivilous objection," Kobach said. "I do think the factual record could be supplemented."Kansas didn't need this. How many times do we have to be a national laughingstock?
He proposed requests be sent to officials in Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi in an attempt to secure the records.
Joe Montgomery, who filed the complaint with the all-Republican panel, said Obama should be removed from the Kansas ballot. The president's father was from Kenya and that raised questions about whether Obama was qualified to run for the nation's highest elective office, he said.Doing the right thing? Really, that's what you're calling this?
"Doing the right thing can be hard and unpopular," Montgomery said.
I've already emailed the Kansas Democratic Party, asking how they're going to respond to this attempt at voter suppression. My husband & I are discussing offering to be named plaintiffs if they are needed.
I'm also debating ordering a case of the Birth Certificate coffee mugs from the Obama campaign and having them delivered to Kris Kobach's office. Then he can be reminded every morning with his cup of coffee that a scary black man is living in the White House.