Top of the Ticket

Political commentary from Andrew Malcolm

« Previous Post | Top of the Ticket Home | Next Post »

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says 'birthers' are 'leading our country down a path of destruction'

Jan Brewer thinks birthers are leading the US down a path of destruction

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, no stranger to controversy, is saying that the "birther" discussion has become a "huge distraction."

While talking with CNN's John King on Monday, the governor said that she believes President Obama was indeed born in Hawaii in 1961, as his certificate of live birth states, and that after two years the debate has no more merit.

"It's just something I believe is leading our country down a path of destruction and it just is not serving any good purpose," Brewer said, obviously ignoring the fact that all of the birther talk has helped billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump take an early lead in the polls

Some may say that Brewer, a Republican, is out of step with her constituents. Last week a CBS News/New York Times poll discovered that 45% of Republicans don't believe that Obama was born in the U.S.  But Brewer says it's time to focus on something else.

"I think we really just need to move on," Brewer suggested. "Everybody's had two years to prove, if they wanted to, that he was not born in Hawaii. They haven't come up with any of that kind of proof."

Brewer recently vetoed Arizona House Bill 2177, also known as the Birther Bill, which would have put the responsibility on the political parties to prove that their candidates were American citizens and born in the United States. The bill would have allowed the Arizona secretary of state to judge the qualifications of the candidates when they file to run for office, something Brewer, a former secretary of state, felt uncomfortable with.

"I do not support designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions," Brewer said in mid-April upon vetoing the bill.

"In addition, I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their 'early baptismal circumcision certificates' among other records to the Arizona secretary of state," she said. "This is a bridge too far."


Donald Trump says he's the Democrats' "worst nightmare"

Donald Trump, Jerry Seinfeld upset over Obama birth certificate yada yada

Cosby on Trump: "You run or shut up"; Trump on Cosby: "He's not as dumb as I thought"

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Credit: Matt York / Associated Press

Video: CNN's John King interviews Brewer. Credit: CNN

Comments () | Archives (7)

The comments to this entry are closed.

Correction Jan...,
The GOP is leading our country down a path of destruction. Birthers are merely one form of bonehead republicans.

Finally, she said something that I agree with!

Obama's birth certificate issue is and always has been only about Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Thank you Gov.Jan Brewer for being honest about this. We certainly are tired of hearing about this again, and again, when we do in fact, have more important issues to deal with. As anyone who looks up on line, one can find Mr. Obama's birth certificate on line, go to for a full view.

Ms. Brewer's position on the birther issue is absurd! Our constitution spells out clearly what presidential qualifications are and if there is any question-one in a trillion- regarding Obamas's qualification, it should be prused as if he were George Bush-meaning he should have to step down and face prison time if he is shown to be a fraud.

Another issue Ms. Brewer is totally wrong on is not allowing licensed gun owners to carry on campus. Colleges and universities are mostly at present "Kill Zones" for the crazies and bad guys. Bet my left arm Ms. Brewer knows little about guns and like most women and liberal men are sissies in a life or death situation. Ms. Brewer has lost my respect and I, heretofore, will not be supporting her. My regret is that Gov. Rick Perry let her steal our Thunder.

What's destroying our economy is not the birthers, it's the out of control spending in Washington, our corrupt education system, the billions of dollars we spend on wars, the high taxes, the money printing, etc. I don't know how questioning Obama's eligibility is suppose to ruin this country.

If conservatives and patriots think this is a real issue, they should demand that their Republican candidates make this a campaign issue. Call Republican politicians. Go to town meetings and cry out for Obama's birth certificate. Don't be afraid. Have the courage of your convictions if you think this is an important issue.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...

About the Columnist
A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
President Obama
Republican Politics
Democratic Politics



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: