Former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, who earned his street cred raving about illegal immigrants, is having trouble playing nice - particularly when it comes to President Obama.
Last October the bellicose Tancredo referred to the President as "a greater threat to the country than Al Qaeda." He has also suggested sending the President "back to" Kenya. But now the long-form birth certificate is out for all to see, and anyone with a lick of sense knows that President Obama is not an illegal immigrant, and is, in fact, a natural-born American citizen. This would be a great time for Tom Tancredo and thousands like him to apologize and move on.
But don't hold your breath waiting for civil discourse to prevail.
Now Tancredo is putting out a new conspiracy theory - this one saying that crafty Obama had the long-form birth certificate all along, but kept it private so that the Republican Party would look like a bunch of nuts.
Tom, there are so many things that make the Republican Party look nuts: the racism of the tea baggers and birthers, anti-immigrant craziness in Arizona, total insanity and union-busting in Wisconsin and Ohio, the war on Medicare and Medicaid, the attacks on NPR and Planned Parenthood, rabid support of two never-ending wars, tax breaks for America's richest individuals and big corporations, hate disguised as religion, John Boehner, Rush Limbaugh, the Koch brothers, and, of course, you. And yes, Obama's intelligence and quick wit also weighs in heavily against your party.
Many in the Republican Party knew all along that birtherism was going to rise up and bite them in the butt. Ken Buck, also a Coloradan who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the U.S. Senate last year was overheard telling an aid, "Tell those dumb asses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on camera!" Ouch!
Now I'm going to sit back and calmly wait on Donald Trump to produce his tax returns. Popcorn, anyone?