The sun has baked Arizona legislators' brains. It's the only explanation for yesterday's vote requiring a birth certificate of candidates running for
April 21, 2010

The sun has baked Arizona legislators' brains. It's the only explanation for yesterday's vote requiring a birth certificate of candidates running for office.

The Arizona House on Monday voted for a provision that would require President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate if he hopes to be on the state's ballot when he runs for reelection.

The House voted 31-22 to add the provision to a separate bill. The measure still faces a formal vote.

It would require U.S. presidential candidates who want to appear on the ballot in Arizona to submit documents proving they meet the constitutional requirements to be president.

I'm not sure what the issues are around a state trying to trump the United States Constitution by further defining the requirements to run for office, but it could possibly be the most blatant, ridiculous, racist, xenophobic act of any state legislature I've seen in my lifetime.

Every time I remember that we could have elected John McCain President, I shudder. Keep it up, Arizona and you might actually overtake Texas in my mind as the most bizarre state in the Union.

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