The Joplin Globe has story today on Ed Emery's acceptance of discredited Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories, and even got a response to the nonsense from House Speaker Ron Richard. From a very poorly titled article posted late last night, here's what Richard had to say:
“I don’t think it’s an issue,” said Richard, who is known for blunt reactions. “I’m not concerned about that. We have no jurisdiction to look at something like that, and I wasn’t consulted about this meeting.’’
Even though concerns over Obama’s citizenship have been widely debunked by state officials in Hawaii, and even though the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to even give the notion a thought, Emery says he remains unconvinced.
It's good to see that Richard doesn't think the House has jurisdiction over anti-Obama conspiracy theories. But shouldn't he be concerned about the judgment, critical thinking skills and general relationship with reality demonstrated by key leaders in his caucus? Reps. Emery, Cynthia Davis, Tim Jones, Mike McGhee and Robert Cooper all lead important committees in the House. Their inability to come to terms with reality on this "matter," plus their willingness to openly associate with the crazy, hateful woman leading the birther charge should concern all of us.