Inhofe blames Obama for right-wing conspiracy theory

INHOFE BLAMES OBAMA FOR RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY THEORY…. Sen. James Inhofe (R) caused a bit of a stir today, when the Politico reported that the right-wing Oklahoman believes Birther activists “have a point.”

Greg Sargent contacted Inhofe’s office today, and the senator’s spokesperson responded by blaming the White House — not for Inhofe’s stupid comment, but for the larger right-wing conspiracy theory.

“The point that they make is the Constitutional mandate that the U.S. President be a natural born citizen, and the White House has not done a very good job of dispelling the concerns of these citizens.”

Now, this isn’t exactly the same argument. Inhofe initially argued that the fringe activists “have a point”; now he’s arguing that whether they have a point or not, White House officials are responsible for satisfying the bizarre demands of unhinged wingnuts.

One would like to think an experienced member of the U.S. Senate would have the courage and decency to simply say, “I don’t want anything to do with these lunatics.”

I’d add that Inhofe is the second high-profile conservative to blame the Obama White House for the Birther madness in less than a week. Last week, Liz Cheney said it’s the president’s fault, and today, Inhofe did the same.

It’s as if they’re handing out crazy pills at RNC headquarters.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.