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Is Mitt Romney a unicorn? 18,000 people want to know

When 1,200 people demanded proof that Barack Obama was born in the United States, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett sought verification from the state of Hawaii.

But when more than 18,000 people signed a petition demanding proof that Mitt Romney was not a unicorn (unicorns, as the petition pointed out, are ineligible for the presidency of the United States), Bennett remained silent.

In fact, he called the motion “ridiculous.”

But is it so ridiculous?

Also, the unicorn has limited executive experience, but on the other hand it was never involved in the closing of a steel mill. (Honestly, I think this is some of my best MS Paint work yet.)

As Sherlock Holmes says, once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

And if the persistent birther questions teach us anything, it is that this has been a pretty slow year for eliminating the impossible.

So, Secretary Bennett, I look forward to definitive proof that Romney is not a unicorn. Thank you, petitioners, for bringing this critical issue to light.

Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day. She is the author of "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences".


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