Additional commentary by Timothy Horrigan; December 2, 2011
I made the mistake of engaging a "birther" named Tracy who spammed all the New Hampshire state reps. I sent him/her/him/them what seemed at the time to be a reasonable reply. As a result, I ended up being one of the villains in a November 25 YouTube video produced by someone/something called "KenyanBornObamAcorn" I also inspired a second, very similar video, on November 29. The material at the end of this one, about my friend and former Election Law Committee chair, Jane Clemons seems to be derived from remarks I made in my commentary on the earlier video.
Both videos basically consist of a brief article read by a robotic voice, although there is some badly-recorded audio of a phone call to the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office:
Original URL: http://youtu.be/Nm_hDsEjj8Y
The controversy, such as it is, over Jane Clemons's appointment is overblown. She knew the Speaker planned to appoint her to the Ballot Law Commission before she resigned from the New Hampshire House. But she wasn't formally added to the Commission's membership until the day after her September 13, 2011 resignation.
For more commentary and the text of some of the documents referred to in the video see:
[December 6, 2011] I came up with a couple of what I thought were snarky but insightful retorts I could email back to the "Birthers." We New Hampshire state reps do get a lot of email about this issue, though basically we just get a lot of similar messages from a small but passionate group of fanatics. Both my responses basically tell the fanatics to go bother officials in their own damn state. It is hard to imagine that anything we reps say to these people could change their thinking— however, I have noticed that CDR Charles Kerchner has started blogging about a "50 State Ballot Challenge Initiative"
The first one necessarily varies slightly from state to state, and I have sent it to Pennsylvania, Louisiana and a few other states:
With all due
respect, if you vote in Florida rather than NH, I
would like to ask you to leave us NH state reps
alone. The ballot law commission has made its
decision, it is not going to be overridden, and the
ballots are already being printed. If you
don't like Obama, there are many other candidates
you can vote for.
The second one also varies from state to state and is a little more technical. The delegate process, by the way, does works pretty much the same way in every state:
RE: Natural Born Citizen: The States Have the Constitutional Power to Pass Legislation Prescribing Presidential Ballot Access Requirements Including Determining Whether a Candidate Meets the Eligibility Requirements of Article II, Section 1, Clause 5
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 1:59 AM
With all due respect sir, you are from Pennsylvania. Please leave NH alone. If you think there is a real problem, please take this matter up with your own state government in advance of your own state's primary/cacucus.
NH's authorities have made their decision and in fact the ballots have already been printed up.
The NH Primary exists as a vehicle for determining Presidential preferences and for allocating delegates based on those preferences. Although there is one other serious candidate (John Wolfe, Jr.) virtually all NH Democratic voters would prefer Obama over Mr. Wolfe and the other candidates. The best and only thing to do is to allow the process to proceed, so that the Democrats can choose their delegates. If for whatever reason President Obama does not choose to (or is unable to) continue running for re-election, those delegates can simply vote for someone else who shares Obama's policies.
Rep. Timothy Horrigan
I will add that I went to a meeting about the Democrats' delegate selection process in Concord on December 2, 2011. Every quadrennium, the convention gets less and less significant while the delegate selection process gets more and more complex. I ran very unsuccessfully in 2008 as a potential John Edwards delegate. I have not made a decision about 2012.
The last time anything newsworthy happened at a Democratic National Convention was in 1980. The Republicans made a little news in 1988, when the George Bush the Elder waited till he arrived in New Orleans to pick Dan Quayle as his Vice President nominee. (At least, those were the last two times anything newsworthy happened at the convention itself.)
[December 12, 2011] I am surprised this didn't happen sooner, but one of the birthers has played " the Hitler Card " on us. CDR Charles Kerchner has treated the NH state reps to the following email blast on Sunday, December 11, 2011:
To all members of the NH House of
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened." Ronald Reagan alerting us to Norman Thomas' and the socialist/progressive's long-term stealth agenda to transform the USA from a constitutional republic into a socialist form of government
Ronald Reagan did indeed cite this quote in a 1961 radio commentary. Reagan claimed that Norman Thomas's quote dates back to 1927, but this has never been verified. Be that as it may, 1927 and 1961 were both a long time ago, and a lot of history has happened in the meantime. Reagan has been dead since 2004, and Thomas since 1964. Obama wasn't even born when Reagan recorded his commentary.
Norman Thomas ran for President six times, running every cycle between 1928 and 1948: his high water mark was his second run in 1932, when he garnered 2.23% of the national popular vote. (1932 was the year Herbert Hoover lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt.)
Paris Hilton's 2008 Presidential announcement (her ostensible running mate, Rihanna, was not a natural-born citizen)