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Carney Goes Birther on Major Garrett

By on 5.22.13 | 12:10AM

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney went "birther" on Major Garrett of CBS News. 

Garrett was asking Carney to elaborate on Obama Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer's comments over the weekend about Republicans going on "partisan fishing expeditions, trumped up hearings and false allegations." After going back and forth for a couple of minutes, Garrett brought up HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius soliciting donations from health care companies to implement Obamacare. To which Carney replied, "We could go down the list of questions. We could say what about the president's birth certificate, was that legitimate?"

Carney's retort is absolutely specious. Garrett was merely asking a question about Sebelius' conduct in her official capacity as a cabinet member in the Obama Administration and is well within in his right to do so. 

Of course, Carney knows this but he cannot defend Sebelius. So when in doubt bring up something which is entirely irrelevant to the matter at the hand. Usually, race is brought into the discussion. This time it is birtherism. Perhaps next time Carney will ask, "Is the president a Muslim, was that legitimate?"

It's enough to make me long for Robert Gibbs. Well, almost.

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