Discredited ‘birther’ issue still sells with Tea Party types

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Joe Farah, the bombastic, right-wing extremist who runs WorldNetDaily, tried to interject the long-ago discredited “birther” movement into the Tea Party convention over the weekend.

Farah devoted 10 minutes of a speech to the convention rehasing the same, tired questions over President Barack Obama’s citizenship while overlooking — as he always does — the simple fact that the State of Hawaii verified Obama’s birth and ended the debate in the eyes of all but the most fanatical zealots.

His comments irritated blogger Andrew Briebart who told WND’s Chelsea Schilling that Farah was barking up the wrong tree.

“It’s self-indulgent, it’s narcissistic, it’s a losing issue,” Breitbart told Schilling. “It’s a losing situation. If you don’t have the frigging evidence — raising the question? You can do that to Republicans all day long. You have to disprove that you’re a racist! Forcing them to disprove something is a nightmare.”

Washington Independent writer David Weigel reported the conversation and asked Farah about Briebart’s concerns. Farah responded by questioning Weigel’s journalistic credentials.

Reports Weigel:

I spotted Farah and asked him if his speech had been approved by Tea Party Nation.

“They asked me to speak,” said Farah. “They didn’t ask me, ‘What do you want to speak about?’ No, this operates like a free and open society, not like the kind of Marxist society you would apparently like to be a journalist for.”

I told Farah that his speech was getting negative attention already, and that Breitbart, who’d taken the stage after him, had criticized the “birther” parts of the speech. Farah shook his head and walked over to Breitbart in what seemed like an attempt to debunk my question.

“Andrew is my friend,” said Farah. “He has the right to disagree, and he has the right to say anything to a socialist newspaper that he wants. And if he wants to criticize his friend to you, and he’s dumb enough to do that…”

Breitbart raised his eyebrows. “I’m dumb to do what?”

“Criticize your friend to this socialist newspaper.”

“I was talking to her,” said Breitbart, pointing to Schilling. “I was talking to you. And I was saying that I disagreed on the birther stuff.”

“OK, well, did you know that Dave Weigel from The Washington Independent was”–

“I was talking to her,” said Breitbart. “She was asking me if I thought it was wise to bring it up, and I said, no. We have a lot of strong arguments to be making, and that is a primary argument. That is an argument for the primaries that did not take hold. The arguments that these people right here are making are substantive arguments. The elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts were all won not on birther, but on substance. And to apply to this group of people the concept that they’re all obsessed with the birth certificate, when it’s not a winning issue–”


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