BIRTHER BILL SPEAKS OUT…. Rep. Bill Posey, a conservative Republican congressman from Florida, is perhaps best known for his efforts to require presidential candidates to present a valid birth certificate before seeking national office. It was, of course, legislation driven entirely by ridiculous attacks on President Obama. (Posey is also rumored to be the illegitimate grandson of an alligator, but that’s another matter.)

In the three months since Posey unveiled his Birther-inspired legislation, most of the House Republican caucus, filled with some very right-wing members, kept its distance from his proposal. Dave Weigel reports today, however, that Posey has found four new co-sponsors for his silly idea — Reps. John Carter (R-Texas), John Culberson (R-Texas), Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), John Campbell (R-Calif.) — and explains how he’s found new allies on his little crusade.

“I was talking to Neugebauer about it, and my good friend John Culberson was listening to the conversation and so Randy said, ‘Yeah, I told my staff I wanted to sign up on that already.’ And having heard the conversation, Culberson says, ‘Yeah, sign me up.’ And the judge (Carter) was sitting in the next row listening to the conversation and he said, ‘By God, sign me up!’ So you know, we might start getting a little bit of steam here pretty soon,” he reported.

“I didn’t strong arm these people,” Posey explained. “I haven’t begged anybody to sign on this thing, I haven’t asked anybody, really. The people that come up and slap me on the back and say, “Good luck to you!’ I say, ‘Hey, there’s room for you on here!’ And of course, they start doing the moonwalk, you know? ‘Oh no, no, no, congressman!’ he laughed. “But you know, times change and time wounds all heels.”

One unhinged lawmaker finds other unhinged lawmakers, and the original unhinged lawmakers suddenly seems pretty pleased with himself.

What’s more, Posey added that he’s spoken to “high-ranking members” of the House Judiciary Committee about the chances of the president “being removed from office.”

And to think no one takes this clown seriously. Imagine that.

Posey added that he’s tempted to appear on “The Rachel Maddow Show” to discuss his little endeavor, but he doesn’t want to “give her the ratings.”

Yeah, I’m sure Rachel’s heartbroken that the crazed right-wing Birther, who’s even too embarrassing for most of the House Republican caucus, won’t be around for sweeps. A bitter disappointment, to be sure.

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