by David Safier

There was a time Ken Bennett seemed like a kinder, gentler Arizona conservative, at least compared to the competition. But now . . .

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First it was the birther thing. He needed confirmation from Hawaii Obama was born there. So he heard from Hawaii. All good.

Now it's Bennett saying Obama was lying during his younger days, saying he was born in Kenya so he could get into college and such.

"I actually think he was fibbing about being born in Kenya when he was trying to get into college and doing things like writing a book and on and on and on.

"So if there was weird stuff going on, I actually think it was happening back in his college days because I think he has spent $1.5 or $2 million through attorneys to have all the college records and all that stuff sealed.

"So if you're spending money to seal something, that's probably where the hanky panky was going on. "

Bennett must have thought he was only talking to friendly Republicans, but someone posted the speech on YouTube. Oops.

That's the vile part. Here comes the lame part. Bennett is trying to wiggle out of his comments by saying they were misconstrued. See, because he said "if," as in "if there was weird stuff going on," he wasn't really accusing Obama of lying or spending money to cover it up. He was just speculating.

Except, before he said "if," he said,

"I actually think he was fibbing about being born in Kenya . . ."

"I actually think." To me, that means he's stating, you know, what he actually thinks.

Also this:

"I think he has spent $1.5 or $2 million through attorneys to have all the college records and all that stuff sealed."

Again, "I think" means that's what he thinks.

Where did he come up with these ideas? Based on his answer, he either pulled them out of his nether regions, or he got them from one of those viral, anti-Obama emails. Pretty much the same thing.

"I have no personal knowledge about what happened," Bennett said, referring to Obama's college days.

Ken, a word of advice. You're no good at this batshit crazy stuff. It doesn't fit you like it does, say, Russell Pearce or Al Melvin. Your attempts to pander to the wackos are about as convincing as Romney trying to act like a regular Joe.

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