[Updated with Hayworth video and correction that he referred to “football and youth sports,” not little league baseball.]
As if to prove that Democrats are not the only ones capable of self destructive behavior, two darlings of the far right seem to have stepped in it.
First, McCain’s new challenger for the right, JD Hayworth, just came out as a birther on Hardball. Video and transcripts as they become available but the heart of the money quote is:
We had to show our birth certificates to play little league baseball. Why can’t the president show his?
That will pump up the base but is also, along with Rubio’s strong showing in polls against Crist, is the opening shot in the upcoming, and soon to be very bloody, rightwing Republican civil war.
[Scroll to bottom for video and transcripts from ThinkProgress.]
Second, James O’Keefe, the videographer who passed of the questionable ACORN videos over the summer, is facing felony charges and up to 10 years in the federal penitentiary for trying to bug LA Sen Landrieu’s phones.
NEW ORLEANS — A conservative activist who posed as a pimp to target the community-organizing group ACORN and the son of a federal prosecutor were among four people arrested by the FBI and accused of trying to interfere with phones at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office.
Along with the upcoming internecine teabagger fights and that looming civil war, the rightwingers and Republicans are going to make the Democrats and Obama seem much better. I’ve written before that I think the spring and summer internal battles will make the worst of the Palin rallies pale by comparison.
And, by contrast, Obama’s calm coolness might just start to pay dividends. As long as they don’t fall dead center on their swords over health care reform.
[Via ThinkProgress]MATTHEWS: Are you as far right as the birthers? Are you one of those who believes that the President should have to prove that he’s a citizen of the United States and not an illegal immigrant? Are you that far right?
HAYWORTH: Well, gosh, we all had to bring our birth certificates to show we were who we said we were and we were the age we said we were to play football and youth sports. Shouldn’t we know exactly that anyone who wants to run for public office is a natural born citizen of the United States and is who they say they are? […]
MATTHEWS: Should the Governor of Hawaii produce evidence that the President is one of us, an American? Do you think that’s a worthy past time for the Governor of Hawaii?
HAYWORTH: No, look…I’m just saying the President should come forward with the information, that’s all. Why should we we depend on the Governor of Hawaii?