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Birtherism the official platform of the Oakland GOP

by: Eric B.

Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:00:00 AM EST

This quote has been making the rounds this morning on the Twitterverse and Facebook Internets.

"As chairman of the Oakland County Republican Party, I still have doubts" about Obama's citizenship, Jim Thienel said.

I hate to get all grammar Nazi-ish, but the structure of that sentence means that his doubts about Obama's citizenship are based on the fact that he's the chairman of the Oakland County Republican Party. I very much doubt that's true. If my hunch is true, the chairman of the GOP in the state's wealthiest county is no better at using English than his party honchos were in reading poll data before the election.

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As the chair...
I don't know him in particular, but it wouldn't surprise me if at least some politicians feel compelled to spout things that they themselves regard as nonsense, simply because it keeps the base together.

So his "belief" may well be based on his role as a Republican chair.

Read the article
I read the article this morning and the quote comes near the very end and seems competely disconnected from the subject of the article (i.e. the reasons for Democratic growth in Oakland County).  I wonder if the writer of the article interviewed the guy for this specific article, or if it was tacked on?  I'd imagine the former, because the latter would be unethical.

Anyway, he said it, regardless.  Just seems weird considering that everyone else interviewed in the article was basically saying that the local GOP needs to move back left.  Seems like something totally weird to just randomly bring up.

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