Robert Gentel wrote:
If the 243 Republicans voted to "investigate" Obama's nationality would you similarly not find fault with it?
I probably would, but the cases are not parallel.
First, exposing a conspiracy between the Republican party and Iran would have depended on documents that weren't available to the public. Obama's birth certificate is, by contrast. So is an ad announcing his birth in at least one Hawaiian newspaper. The Birther's case, then, can trivially be refuted by going to a library and checking out a particular newspaper from a particular day. That is not true for the alleged conspiracy between Iran and the Republican party.
Second, the context was different: Your example happened only a few years after the Iran-Contra affair, in which a conspiracy theory that sounded similarly crazy on its face, had turned out to be true. This conspiracy, too, had been between the Reagan administration and Iran. That did give the Democrats probable cause to investigate the possibility of another conspiracy between the same actors. So, if there had been a correspondingly crazy, confirmed
conspiracy theory about the Clinton administration, I wouldn't have much of a problem with a committee investigating Obama's birth certificate.
Robert Gentel wrote:
Now I admit that her example is a bit more corrupt than kooky but again, you cherry picked the requirements. I've come up with kooky on the left but your requirements are that I find kooky within only several specific lefties that you've selected, and that's a pretty restrictive requirement.
Well, my main thesis was that even if both parties might be kind of similar in their idiot fringes, their establishments go to very different lengths in catering to the idiot fringe. I also found it hard to identify leftist agendas comparably idiotic to the ones I see on the right, but that's a side show. (Thanks for identifying them for me.) As for Pelosi picking up comparable left-wing-lunacy, I admit this is the first time I'm hearing about adoption as a short-term stimulus to the economy. Can you give me a link?
As for cherry-picking the requirement, the relevance of Tom Delay was that he was a very powerful driver of the Republican Establishment. (Third in status after the president I believe.) Nancy Pelosi is his equivalent today, but if you can find similar kookiness among similarly powerful Democratic leaders, that's fine with me.