The challenger to Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, JD Hayworth, may have some explaining to do. Appearing on the left-wing opinion channel MSNBC, he told left-wing host Chris Matthews that he wants to see Barack Obama's birth certificate.
The main problem is that it's been released before. Not only that, but plenty of supplementary evidence backs up the President's documented birth in Hawaii. None supports him being born outside of the US.
In addition, even though Hayworth is significantly more conservative than "Maverick" McCain, he still divides the Tea Party movement. Freedom Works, perhaps the largest of the groups, has not declared its support for Hayworth.
If Hayworth is actually a birther, he will not win the general election, even if he defeats McCain. In an increasingly Latino state, staking his reputation on such a bizarre and fanciful position will be worse that just about anything McCain can say or vote on.
Hayworth is beginning to remind me of a right-wing Alan Grayson. He says a lot of outrageous things to get attention, but is actually fragile. Say what you want about McCain, but if it's between him and a Grayson clone, count me in the McCain camp.
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