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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Bobby Jindal plays with birthers


Oh, so you thought we were done with all this birther craziness? Ha! Not a chance. On Friday, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) released his birth certificate in a fit of pique and silliness over a newspaper getting his middle name wrong. Well, it was a little bit more involved than that.

Jindal threw his support behind a birther bill currently making its way through the state legislature that would require those who want to run for national office to show proof of U.S. birth in order to be on the Louisiana ballot. Last month, Baton Rouge newspaper the Advocate ran an editorial saying, “Piyush Amrit Jindal is the last man in America who should give his blessing to a birther bill.” Amen to that, since Jindal is the son of two immigrant parents whose journey from India to the United States was chronicled by the Times-Picayune.

But “Amrit” isn’t the governor’s middle name. Ticked off, Jindal released his long-form birth certificate to prove it.

This move also is an indirect slap at Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) who introduced a bill in the Senate last month to limit birthright citizenship to “individuals born in the United States with at least one parent who is a legal citizen, a green card holder or an active member of the U.S. armed forces.”

Jindal’s parents had green cards so he’s in the clear. But we knew that. Just as we knew all along that President Obama was a natural-born citizen. It’s a shame that Jindal, a rising star in the Republican Party and oft-talked about vice presidential candidate, opted to give credence to this racist birther nonsense instead of being a leader who opposes birther efforts in his state and across the country.

By  |  12:20 PM ET, 05/09/2011

 
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