Conservatives frequently rail at the way in which their statements tend to be spun into something totally different by opponents and the left wing media. It is not uncommon for an innocent statement to be manipulated into something totally different to what was intended. It’s a form of blatant dishonesty, but has become the norm, unfortunately to the point that conservatives have adopted it.
Jeff Flake is highly regarded among small government types as a Congressman from Arizona who is attempting to enter the Senate in the coming election. Consistently being among the top few people on the RLC Liberty Index for his fiscal conservatism and socially moderate views, he is seen as something of a thorn in the side of the conservatives.
In a recent Tea Party town hall where he was asked whether or not he believes that Barack Obama is a legal President, he answered:
"I think he is our President. I think he is duly elected and I believe he is a citizen. And I do believe it is a distraction. And my job is to make sure we beat him in November.” Here is the video:
Americas Conservative News however has altered his statement to claim that Flake was saying that the US Constitution was a distraction. This is a falsehood in the style of the NBC Trevon Martin transcript doctoring effort, one they are unlikely to approve of:
(ACN) Congressman Jeff Flake got more than he bargained for at a recent Red Mountain Tea Party town hall forum in Arizona. When a member of the audience asked Flake whether or not he believes that Barack Obama is a legal President, Flake tried, in vain, to put the man in his place.Republicans need to move on from the ‘birth certificate’ issue. While eligibility is an important issue, there were plenty of issues in 08 which were valid areas for use in the campaign but were ineffective because they failed to gain traction with the media which seemed to have a lot of blind spots, especially where Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright were concerned.
Flake: "I think he is our President. I think he is duly elected and I believe he is a citizen. And I do believe [his eligibility] is a distraction. And my job is to make sure we beat him in November.”
Question: How can you sucessfully take Barack Obama to task for exceeding his constitutional authority when you believe that the Constitution is "a distraction?" Answer: You can't.
It is unlikely that the birth certificate will achieve anything. Were the GOP to pin their hopes on this as an issue, and were Obama to present a valid certificate for all to see just before the election, the Democrats would win in a landslide. There are plenty of issues on which the President is likely to be defeated, the Sherriff Joe investigation is not one of them and is only a distraction.