Ford O’Connell’s response to today’s Politico “The Arena” question, “Why won’t the birther issue die?“:
You really have to hand it to the Hawaii Democrats; they are clearly angling for the presidential library once Obama leaves office (too bad, Duke University didn’t pursue the Nixon library with the same tenacity), while simultaneously trying to make a buck (think, the sale of star maps on Sunset Blvd.).
The proposed request fee of $100 seems a little steep, but then again so is your average airline change fee. With that said, I am not a fan of the birther movement. Repeat after me: Barack Obama is the legally elected and lawfully sworn-in president of the United States. However, when Obama is re-nominated in 2012, expect no shortage of state court filings challenging his eligibility to be on the ballot as the head of the Democratic ticket. Perhaps other states could follow Hawaii’s lead and generate some revenue too.