Birthers question Mitt Romney in new lawsuit

Yesterday, Mitt Romney’s campaign caused a stir when they referred to their boss’s “Etch-A-Sketch” moment: now that he’s won a convincing number of states he can simply wipe the slate clean and start fresh.

Opponents like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich immediately latched onto the metaphor to explain Romney’s apparent lack of core convictions—he’ll start fresh with whatever message he thinks will be popular. To another contingent of even-crazier Republicans the metaphor is fodder for a different argument: He’s really Mexican, and he thinks he can just wipe the slate clean and present himself as a natural-born American.

A new lawsuit filed in California by the original Birther—the same lawyer who sued the Obama Administration in 2009 over his birth certificate—is at it again. LA Times reports lawyer Gary Kreep (you can’t make this stuff up) is representing a group consisting of “primary write-in candidate John Albert Dummett Jr., Markham Robinson of the American Independent Party of California and five others.” This time the group is suing California secretary of state pursuant to the 2012 election to make sure she verifies the birth place of all candidates on the presidential ballot to make sure they’re natural-born citizens.

The Times notes the lawsuit includes “questions concerning the eligibility” of Mitt Romney, whose parents at times lived in Mexico.

The birthers’ lawyer, Gary Kreep of Ramona, said Wednesday that his clients wanted the issue of Romney’s eligibility raised because of his parents’ long residency in Mexico.

Of course, the lawsuit doesn’t stop at Romney—the group is also convinced that Obama’s long-form birth certificate, finally released from Hawaii after Donald Trump helped turn the Birthers’ cause into a national witch hunt, is a forgery.

Since Mitt Romney will almost surely end up as the Republican candidate for president, this fall this group of extremists, which has been extremely effective at whipping up media attention, will be facing a national presidential race in which they believe neither candidate is actually American.

I don’t know whether to be depressed by how crazy this all is, or strangely gratified that at least this makes them seem less racist—it’s sort of good to know their jingoistic paranoia isn’t just skin deep.