Yesterday, Sarah Palin said asking about Barack Obama's birth certificate was "a fair question." Speaking to a conservative talk radio host she said: "I think it's a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records -- all of that is fair game. The McCain-Palin campaign didn't do a good enough job in that area." But today, she walked that back a bit, and and claims she just meant voters can ask whatever they want.
Contrast that with from Roy Blunt's birther fiasco. In late July, Blunt said, "What I don't know is why the president can't produce a birth certificate. I don't know anybody else that can't produce one. And I think that that's a legitimate question -- no health records, no birth certificate." When asked repeatedly to clarify those remarks, Blunt stood by them. From an August 5 article in the News-Leader:
Blunt, for his part, stands by his previous statements, a spokesman said. But he declined further comment at an energy policy event Tuesday in Strafford.
"What I actually think is that you guys don't have any capacity to talk about that in a legitimate way, so I'm going to stop talking about it," Blunt told a reporter.
Sarah Palin has a more reasonable (if still questionable) take on birther conspiracy theories than Roy Blunt. Chew on that.