Steven L. Taylor makes a good point about the birther-fluffing Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Obama isn’t on the ballot for the general election in Arizona, his electors are. And he’s not on the ballot in the primary–primary voters vote for delegates. (Though, as we learned earlier today, Obama’s delegates must get 100% of the primary vote or he’s in trouble). So when Bennett writes teabaggers telling them “My oath of office is to uphold the Constitution and laws of our State and country, and I’m going to do that by following the law.” he doesn’t know what’s in either of those.
Bennett backed down yesterday and Hawaii gave him the proof he was after, but not before fucking with him by sending a “Google it yourself” email. Secretary of State is a stepping stone for higher office, and I don’t see how this little gambit helped Bennett, but maybe it makes him a rockstar in a state that elected Jan Brewer.
Where I grew up, we’d call Bennett’s stunt a case of pulling out your gun and shooting yourself in the dick, but that probably doesn’t give the proper respect to the sober Oakeshottian sentiment behind Bennett’s effort to discharge his duties.