Oh, goodness gracious. You know those zombie movies where the illness keeps spreading and pretty soon even some of the main characters have the plague?
Well, that’s pretty much what’s happening in the Republican Party, where birther/zombie madness is spreading. My colleague Jay Bookman has an excellent post about the Georgia House, which seems close to passing legislation that would demand Obama’s birth certificate if he is to appear on the ballot in 2012.
And now Mike Huckabee has caught an attendant form of the plague. He says, correctly, that Obama was born in the United States, but he believes, incorrectly, that Obama grew up in Kenya and, therefore, is not, you know, like us.
Via First Read, here’s a partial transcript of an interview Huckabee gave to a rightwing radio talk show host:
MALZBERG: Don’t you think it’s fair also to ask him – I know your stance on this – how come we don’t have a health record? We don’t have a college record? We don’t have a birth certif- why Mr. Obama did you spend millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate. It’s one thing to say, “You’ve seen it, goodbye. But why go to court and send lawyers to defend against having to show it?” Don’t you think we deserve to know more about this man?
HUCKABEE: I would love to know more – what I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya – his view of the Brits, for example, very different from the average American. When he gave the bust back to [of Winston Churchill] — of Winston Churchill, yeah. A great insult to the British, but if you think about it – his perspective growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and granfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution is very different from ours, because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.
MALZBERG: He despises the West, he despises the Brits, and I think he could take it all out on Israel, and that’s why he despises Israel. He’s not too thrilled with our history either… Would you say to him or at least ask him in a debate: Why did you go to court and spend millions of dollars on lawyers to prevent from having to show your birth certificate? If you have one, and it’s there, why not show it?
HUCKABEE: The only reason I’m not as confident that there’s something about the birth certificate, Steve, is because I know the Clintons well, and believe me they had lots of investigators out on him, and I’m convinced if there was anything they could have found on that they would have found it and I promised they would have used it.
Interesting that Huckabee manages to get in a few digs at the Clintons, too.
For the record, Obama grew up in Hawaii. That’s the 50th state in the union. You know, fifty stars in the flag? He spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, but none of it in Kenya. It’s all right there in his book, “Dreams from my Father.” Nothing hidden from view.