Monday, September 6, 2010

Philpot a 'Birther'?

Posted By on September 6, 2010, 5:00 PM

Listening to a discussion about tea partiers on the Diane Rehm Show on KUER 90.1 FM last week, I heard one commenter talk about a speaker at the Aug. 27 FreedomWorks "Take America Back" convention --- who was still skeptical that Obama possesses a U.S. birth certificate. That speaker, she said, wasn't a tea-party wingnut but rather a candidate running for Utah's 2nd Congressional District against Jim Matheson. Yep, you guessed it: our own Morgan Philpot.

Others found the conversation it interesting as well. Slate blogger David Weigel wrote about Philpot's joke to the tea-party gathering, quoting his remarks as follows:

"I remember [my son] was walking around and he was reading things saying, 'Made in China. Made in China,'" said Philpot. "And he came to me and my wife and said, 'Why is everything made in China?' We looked at each other and said we have a smart kid on our hands. It worried us one day, though, when he came up to our infant son -- you know how they get that bald spot on their heads? -- and he goes, 'Made in China!'"

Weigel said that then Philpot delivered the punchline: "What I'm wondering is if you shave the back of the president's head, what does it say 'Made in' there?"

A big laugh followed.

Weigle questions if the birther-conspiracy remains a worthy tack for conservatives to pursue. I agree: It's so tin-foil-hat circa 2009. Hasn't Obama's first year and a half as prez provided more than enough material for conservatives to both joke about and rail against? I mean, Obama's posted his damned birth certificate (shown here as well), so let's move on.

If you're really going to be a candidate, let's hear from you on the real concerns. Best drop the "Shaved Head" joke from your repertoire lest being "Made in Utah" become an even bigger joke.



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