Once upon a time – I think it was this morning — Owen Hill was an obscure Colorado state senator who had joined the Republican primary to run for Mark Udall’s U.S. Senate seat.
Well, he’s obscure no longer.
He’s now the guy who recently made the stupid birther “joke” at a Denver County Republican breakfast and called it “sleazy” for someone to point out that he had made a stupid birther “joke.” Now he has joined Mike Coffman in Colorado’s all-Obama-as-Kenyan Hall of Fame.
Here’s the Hill funny stuff, via BuzzFeed, which got the tape from a Democratic tracker. Hill was talking about his time in Kenya for a Christian charity group called Compassion International.
[blockquote]You spend time out there [in a Kenyan slum] and little kids are running around barefoot in these kinds of streets, and you ask them what they want to be — they want to be an astronaut, they want to be a physicist, a marine biologist, one kid even told me he wanted to be president of the United States. I held back my snarky comment that said, ‘Well, you know what, we already have someone from Kenya as president of the United States.'[/blockquote]
Ha. Ha. Ha?
Hill didn’t apologize. He issued a statement calling the news of his birther remarks the “typical sleazy tactics used by Mark Udall’s radical operatives ….” He didn’t make himself available to reporters to explain how exactly Udall is the sleazy one here, except to have a spokesman tell News9 that Hill wasn’t a “birther.”
I’m sure it’s true that that he’s not a birther, which makes it even worse. Like Coffman, Hill is simply a typical pandering politician who will pretend go all birther in front of the right audience.
Coffman, you’ll recall, was caught on tape going birther to a Republican group. The money quote: ” I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”
Coffman, good American that he is, apologized eventually. Will Hill? My guess is it won’t make any difference. He didn’t have a real chance before. Now he’s done as fast as you can say macaca.