Well, either term seems fitting right now. After all, some Harpootlian fans are online making the same demands as those rightwing loons.
At least my wife thinks so; after reading a comment thread on SC Soapbox, the first thing to pop out of Debbie’s mouth was “those people are just like the birthers!”
And her comparison is all too true. (I even made that known on that same thread, but doubt my comment will stay there very long…)
Y’all know about the Birthers, right? Birthers are the folks who claim the president was born in Kenya, thus eliminating his eligibility for the office; of course, people with IQs above that of a possum challenge those claims, stating the fact that Obama was born in Hawaii. The Birthers refuse to accept the counterargument, though, claiming they need official proof. When a Certificate of Live Birth is provided from the State of Hawaii, however, the Birthers claim it to not be a valid, original document. Now the Birthers demand more, claiming they must have an original birth certificate and directly from the president himself.
And the folks over in Soapbox land are making the same demands as the Birthers regarding the race for SCDP chair.
Harpootlian made claim that Noble donated to a Republican in 2002 (Phil Crane). That particular candidate’s campaign was fined and audited by the FEC, though, and for not properly identifying its contributors. In addition, that campaign had many other serious errors, even reporting contributions from two different Phil Nobles from two different addresses. When this is pointed out to the Har-birther-lians, though, they claim they need proof.
So I provide them with the records that verify my claims of invalid campaign reports for Crane – the record of arrest and conviction of that campaign treasurer, Chris Ward, who admitted he made up donor claims in order to cover his tracks of theft, and who is today in federal prison for those crimes.
But the Trump-ootlians say they still need more. So the Noble team actually provided official statement from Scott Thomas, who was director of the Federal Election Commission during the time of these shenanigans. Thomas stated “Noble’s name was fraudulently used by Ward and the Crane campaign.” He even offered his telephone number and email address so that anyone could contact him for further verification.
Get that, folks? The relevant director of the FEC himself says that the claims by Harpootlian aren’t true! Says it’s okay for doubters (birthers) to contact him directly for verification. Phil Noble’s claim that he never once contributed to a Republican candidate’s campaign (unlike Harpootlian … cough cough) are 100-percent valid!
But these Trump-ootlians/Harp-birther-lians still aren’t satisfied, and still won’t accept that they made a fraudulent claim! Because the FEC still has copy of the 2002 record that contained those fraudulent claims means these birther babes can still have doubt, they say.
“(T)he burden was definitely on Phil to prove it was, in fact, fraudulent,” says Laurin Manning, who operates the SC Soapbox website. Another commenter, T.J., says “I want a signed statement on FEC letterhead before I will believe Phil(.)”
That’s right, folks. Direct report from the FEC chair himself doesn’t qualify. They think Phil should be able to forcibly jump into the old, original FEC records and change them himself, even though they’re from nine years ago, and even though follow-up reports from the FEC (as well as the FBI, DOJ and even the damn Republican Party) refute those records. These Harpootlian fans refuse the first document provided by an FEC official, and now insist on some other FEC document.
And what’s that spell? B-I-R-T-H-E-R.
Well, if they’re going to continue that claim, then I’ll have to pull out another question myself. I refrained from making this comment before, because I thought it would making too much of a good thing – like attempting two extra points after a touchdown or something. But if the birthers are going to keep it up, well …
Campaign finance records are only available from the FEC’s website for a limited time. Go to its site right now, and you’ll find that the earliest records you can get are from the 2007-2008 election cycle.
Har-birther-lians, though, are using some initial filing of finance reports from a 2002 campaign for their argument. Where did they get them, then? How long has Harpootlian had them? And since these records are apparently from some inside source, doesn’t it stand to reason, then, that the Harpootlian team also had the info that disproved those records? Meaning that he/they knew all along that the claim was invalid, but chose to use it anyway? And hoped to overlook, if not suppress, the follow-up information that disproved the claim?
And does that mean that he/they thought we delegates were too dumb to be able to find out the truth?
Well, we have the truth. And if Har-birth-lians don’t want to believe it, well…let them stay at home and watch the election results on FOX News. We real SC Dems will be at the convention to elect a real party chair.
In closing, let me make the same offer here that I made to Laurin on her website: “You vote your candidate, I’ll vote mine, and I’ll buy you a cup of coffee after the election no matter who wins. (The donuts are on you, though).”
And I really, really, really want to talk to you about another project, too, one in which I’d like you to be featured. (I’m leaning towards scones, by the way.)
When this is over, we still have to work together. Don’t forget that this convention election is not a “we versus them” ordeal, either – we’re teammates selecting a team captain.
Now be a good teammate, folks, and lay off the birther trash. If you don’t, it’s going to cost you quite a few donuts.