Even though he comes from a state whose elected officials should know better, Cuccinelli pandered, probably cynically but you never really know, to the
base rightwing birther wing of the Republican party (via Steve Benen at TWM):
“I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States. I don’t buy into the claims that he wasn’t. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical legal answer in response….”
Benen also writes about McCain challenger Hayworth, also a birther, and how he blatantly acknowledged that truthiness is the highest ideal for the birthers and rightwing Republicans:
And this is why conversations with conservatives never seem to go well. Reality is an inconvenient detail that can be twisted, manipulated, and frequently ignored.
In a normal, sensible debate, one side might make a provocative claim. The other side can challenge the claim, and provide evidence. If it’s proven false, the first side moves on to some other claim. Lather, rinse, repeat.
But that’s not how Republicans work. They make claims that aren’t true, and after being corrected, either repeat those claims again anyway, pretend the matter is subjective, or both.
It’s genuinely painful to listen to clowns for whom reality is meaningless.
Well, you might think that up is up, but we’ll just have to disagree because I believe just as strongly that up is down and you have to respect my opinion.