Jason Pye provides a thorough look at the birther-related comments that were made at and by Nathan Deal at Tuesday's gubernatorial debate.
My thoughts on Deal's actual comments?
None of them get asked the questions that I get asked by constituents, "tell me what the status of the president's birth certificate is."
You're a U.S. Congressman. I'm sure you get asked a lot of stupid things. Everything from people who claim that Bush coordinated 9/11 to people who believe Obama is a reptilian.
So do you take all ridiculous constituent questions seriously, or just some of them?
I have simply asked the president, "tell me where I can refer these constituent inquiries to, to a source that you think is credible so that we can answer their questions."
You may not be familiar with it, Rep. Deal, but there's this wonderful modern invention called "The Internet." You refer them to his website. Or to FactCheck. Or to PolitiFact.
I think that is a reasonable proposition and certainly something that I think the president should respond to.
He did respond to it. Nineteen months ago.
Although at this point, he has not.
And when, Rep. Deal, do you plan on responding to rumors that your parents were actually Julius and Ethel Rosenberg? I think that's something that you should respond to, but at this point, you have not.