Sam Slom moves to the fringe

Sam Slom, the only remaining Republican in the state Senate, seems to be dipping his toes deeper and deeper into the “birther” conspiracy about President Barack Obama’s Hawai‘i birth.

Slom says he’s not a true “birther” because he personally believes Obama was born here, but increasingly he’s been feeding into the “questions” about Obama’s birth being raised by loose cannons on the GOP fringe such as Donald Trump.

In a radio interview on WABC in New York reported April 24 by WorldNetDaily, Slom said questions about the president’s birth remain “a legitimate issue.”

“My particular point of view – and why I haven’t identified myself as a ‘birther,’ per se – is that [Obama] probably was born [in Hawaii] and that the real issue is not the birth certificate, but what’s on the birth certificate,” Slom told (Aaron) Klein.

Asked what that could be, Slom said, “It could have to do with what his name is on the birth certificate, who is actually listed as his father, the citizenship of the father.”

He continued, “My belief is that there is a birth certificate, he was born here, but that there is information that for reasons known only to him he doesn’t want released. If it were just the birth certificate, that would be one thing, but it’s his school records, it’s employment records. … Why would anybody, let alone the president of the United States, spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep that hidden?”

People in Hawai‘i — including most Republicans — know this is nonsense, and it’s difficult to imagine that having the highest ranking Republican in the state government spreading it is gaining the sputtering local GOP any credibility.

The state of Hawai‘i has given sworn certification that Obama was born here in the form of the same certificate of live birth that anybody requesting a Hawai‘i birth certificate receives. A Republican state administration and governor who campaigned for John McCain have vouched that there is nothing amiss in the president’s birth records. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has said it’s good enough for him.

It does no credit to Slom or his party to join in harassing a native son and our first black president about the circumstances of his birth in an insulting manner that no other president has ever had to deal with.


On a lighter note, thanks to Georgette Deemer for pointing out via Twitter a satirical piece from the Borowitz Report questioning whether Trump is as all-American as he claims:

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – A threat to the fledgling presidential campaign of Donald Trump emerged today, as a group of activists charged that Mr. Trump is not eligible to hold the nation’s highest office because his hair does not originate from the U.S.

The group, who call themselves “Balders,” claim that the hair-like substance that crowns Mr. Trump’s head is from a foreign country, which would mean that the candidate is less than one hundred percent American.

Check it out. I have to admit it may be funnier than my “flASHback” line demanding to see the death certificate for the electrocuted mongoose Trump wears on his head.

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13 Comments on “Sam Slom moves to the fringe”

  1. hugh clark Says:

    Seems Sad Sam is aiming to be the last of a breed. Frivolity is not needed at this yime

  2. Jim Says:

    With the amount of real issues our country currently must contend with, I am deeply disappointed we have allowed this issue to supersede all those with genuine substance. Our sons and daughters are in foreign lands risking their lives, our economy is in peril, our infrastructure is crumbling and yet we allow an arrogant aristocrat like Donald Trump to use his influence to put his aspirations of political position, to become more of a concern than those issues mentioned above. Shame on the media, and the American people for allowing this twisted sense of priority to continue.

  3. Earl of Sandwich Says:

    The whole birther thing angers me, but to have Sam Slom feed into it is actually just kind of disappointing. The guy’s always been a bit of a blowhard, but I still respected him for the most part. That’s got one foot out the door, now.

  4. Guido Sarducci Says:

    ” an insulting manner that no other president has ever had to deal with ”

    Did you forget 8 years of:

    1) Bush stole election
    2) Bush is a fascist
    3) Bush knew in advance about 9-11 and allowed it to happen

  5. Teddy Freddy Says:

    Sam Slom has now proven once and for all that he is a buffoon of the worst type, a twisted blend of “The Don’s” – Don Quixote and Donald Trump. He is Hawaii’s very own Don Quixote who tilts daily at the plethora of windmills representing his many imaginary enemies that exist in his anti everything life. He is also so very much like Donald Trump in that his enormous ego feeds off the impressive array of tea-bagger anti government fans that adore his buffoonery. They are eager to nod their heads and clap in glee when he spouts the simplistic red meat rhetoric which we can all recite now by heart. Like that grandfather we love dearly, but who is prone to embarrass us in public with his incoherent Fox News type rants, Sam Slom the once lovable curmudgeonly buffoon has now crossed the line. Sam’s once comedic and basically harmless drivel has now turned to hurtful and personal venom. In his quest to bask in the light and feed at the trough of tea-bagger celebrity, Sam has crossed the line.

  6. Michael Says:

    Sam Slom best worry about himself and keeping his job if Donald Trump is elected President. He will get fired. Like most republicans who follow the party and not their own common sense. I feel republcians have more to do than worry about where President Obama was born. The crisis America faces is most.

  7. Kolea Says:

    I listened to the interview and was not surprised by his remarks. Sam is a major figure in the local conservative movement and has to dance carefully with all the camps without offending any of them (too much).

    Most of us would just tell these folks the idea Obama was not born in Hawaii is borderline insane, given all the evidence. But Sam cannot afford to do that without becoming a target of their conspiracies. You may be unaware of the disparagement Lingle’s Health Director Fukino has endured as a result of her assertions in support of Obama’s birth at Kapiolani Hospital.

    So Sam gently distances himself from the more insane birther position but throws them a bone to gnaw on so they don’t tear into him.

    In late March, Public Policy Polling ran a poll of Hawaii voters, focusing on the US Senate race to succeed Senator Akaka. Local news accounts and blogs mentioned the horse-race data for the different candidates. There was little (or no) mention of the final question in the poll, asking Hawaii voters if they believed Obama was born in the United States.

    29% of HAWAII Republicans answered they did NOT believe Obama was born in the US. Another 15% said they were “unsure.” This despite Linda Lingle’s unabashed statements against the birther claims.

    So Sam operates in a different political universe than most of us. Some 29% of the GOP base, probably higher among the conservative activists he hangs with, are demonstrably unhinged from reality. He NEEDS to speak in gentle tones and “make no sudden movements” when he is around them.

    We might wish Sam were more straight forward and honest, but that is only a pose Sam adopts when sneering at Democrats, liberals, unions and gays. Never towards his own base.

    There are undoubtedly a few adults left in the local GOP, but how many are brave enough –like Lingle (to her credit)– to tell the childish ones the fairy tales are not true?

  8. Kolea Says:

    Oh, here’s a link to the PPP poll, done for the Daily Kos in late March. Scroll down to the bottom to find the polling data on the question of Obama’s birthplace:

  9. Jim Loomis Says:

    “Dancing carefully” does NOT mean hinting that there is something about Obama’s birth certificate that’s being concealed. Shame on Sam! He’s entitled to espouse his ultra-conservative views; he is NOT entitled to cynically and craftily provide fodder to the wacko conspiracy theorists. I seldom agree with Sam, but have always defended him to those who have long referred to him as Sam Slime. No more. On this occasion, he deserves it.

  10. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc Says:

    Why doesn’t Sam go talk to the people who live in the neighborhood where the Obama family lived after Barack was born. I am positive the house/neoghborhood is in his Senate distrct.

    Check the tax rolls to see who was living there in 1961.

    Check the East West Center records for 1961 since Obamz Senior would have had to list his wife and son
    in the paperwork.

  11. el guapo Says:

    Think of it from the point of view of Barack’s mother: in 1961, would you agree to go to Kenya to give birth?

  12. Nahoaloha Says:

    Will the Lone Ranger eat his words, with today’s news, ya think?

  13. shaftalley Says:

    pres. obama is a terrible president.he’s campaigning 24/7.we still have the patriot act.the nobel peace man is still killing plenty people in southwest asia.domestic spying is on the increase.his sponsors are the very bankers that are destroying what is left of our capitalism.

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