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Birthers live: Maricopa County, Arizona

That sheriff -- Joe Arpaio -- is no stranger to controversy. Among his many affronts are his fondness for putting prisoners in self-described concentration camp tent cities in the middle of summer. Now, Arpaio has assigned an “elite team of five... to seek truth on Obama.” According to World Net Daily, the Surprise Tea Party of Surprise, Ariz., wrote a letter to Arpaio complaining that the “the voting rights of Maricopa County residents in the 2012 presidential election could be compromised if Obama were to use a forged birth certificate to establish his eligibility” to be president.

The issue of Obama’s birth certificate has been investigated and reported at length. The accusations against the president are not true. They only seem to thrive in the fevered minds of conspiracy theorists. Yet, Arpaio has assigned a crack(pot) team of five unnamed volunteers to “seek the truth.” And if that weren’t enough, Arpaio told World Net Daily, “I will have the ultimate authority to best to proceed from there” after the posse presents with with their findings.

I’m trying very hard not to laugh while writing this post, especially after reading Arpaio say, “This investigation does not involve politics.” Ok, I can’t resist. ROFL! That’s “Rolling On Floor Laughing,” for the uninitiated. Unfortunately, this is really no laughing matter.

Buzzing above the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa before the start of the CNN/Tea Party Express debate among the Republican presidential candidates on Sept. 12 was an airplane pulling a banner, sponsored by World Net Daily. It reads, “Where’s the real birth certificate?”

These folks mean business and they’re not going away.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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