I never thought I'd find myself saying that a birther was approaching the issue from a "fresh and welcomed" angle, but I guess today is that day. As ThinkProgress reports, during a townhall meeting on Thursday Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) told the audience he was a birther, but that birthers had lost the battle and it was time to move on.
After an audience member repeatedly attempted to give him documents "proving" Obama was a foreign-born Kenyan, which Mullin repeatedly refused to take, he told the woman — the self-proclaimed "birther princess" — that he agreed with her opinion but essentially thought it was a waste of time.
"I believe what you're saying and I don't support this president whatsoever. But ma'am, we lost November 6th," he said. "So when I say we lost the argument, we lost that argument. Now let's move on to some other issues. I believe it's still there, but my God if we didn't prove it the first four years, what do you think the chances are now?"
Watch the confrontation below:
Everyone got a little squirmy in June when Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) called for Congress to "revisit" "the president's validity." Duncan, who happens to be the chairman of the House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee, once also claimed that a gun registry would lead to Rwandan-like genocide. So, perhaps it's unsurprising that everyone ignored his cries for a birther rebirth.
Between his call for a new investigation and now, the only other real mention of the birther issue has been Mullin, who essentially is making news because he's advocating it go away. Few other conservatives are as outspoken on letting it drop, and prefer to stay quiet on the issue and allow Americans to forget they ever said anything.
Some conservative groups have now completely banned mention of the issue. Conservatives4Palin.com, for example, will delete comments making mention of it, saying, "… site has a zero tolerance when it comes to the birther issue. We do not discuss it, advocate it, promote it, and we do not allow this issue to be discussed in the comments section. It's silly and, frankly, beneath this site." They then recommend that readers who might want to discuss the birther issue talk instead about the possibility of Sarah and Bristol Palin trademarking their names — obviously more important.
Let's face it: When it's too "silly" for a pro-Palin news site, I think the sun may have set on this issue.
The time has come, America, when we can finally all agree that — even if, for whatever reason, we believe our president to have been born in Kenya even though all documentation and logic would disagree — it's just time to let the issue crawl away, and resurrect it only in a blooper reel that will inevitably be made of us 200 years from now.