Thursday, February 25, 2010
John McCain Mudslinging Begins as He Attempts to Pin Birthers to Hayworth
Full Disclosure: I am not a "birther," and I believe that generally speaking "birthers" do more harm than good to true Conservative causes.
Having said that, I do believe that President Barack Hussein Obama has done himself more harm than help through his resistance to the simple requests being made of him to produce his birth certificate. Obama could very easily put this issue to rest, yet he allows it to linger for exactly the reason I am writing this piece tonight.
Recently John McCain released a mud-slinging advertisement, attempting to tie J. D. Hayworth to Orly Taitz and Philip Berg. Taitz and Berg are two of the most prominent people in the "birther" movement.
The advertisement is called "Identity." For some reason it will not embed, please take a minute (1:09) and click here to watch it.
The advertisement, in my opinion, takes Hayworth's words completely out of context. I am a resident of Phoenix, Arizona and had many opportunities to listen to Hayworth while he was the host of the afternoon talk show on AM 550 KFYI.
To hear Hayworth in full context is to understand that his perspective is my perspective. I will say that Hayworth has been a bit of a bomb-thrower as of late, but he does not approach the subject during interviews unless asked.
Here I offer Hayworth about one month ago on Hardball with Chris Matthews. The entire clip is worth watching; if you're only concerned about the "birther" question and the answer Hayworth gave, you can jump to about the 6:40 mark:
Additionally, here is a clip from an interview with Campbell Brown on CNN. Notice that Hayworth explains to Brown that if it were not for the media, the question would not even be raised, yet she pushes forward.
For another perspective on the subject, I can offer azcentral.com, which is a copy of an article from Politico whose headline reads "Birther Backs Hayworth," (no media bias there) and this blog entry at redstate.com that discusses the Campbell Brown interview with little regard for context.