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I have just one question:  WHY?

Why are these elected representatives, who have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, running from this issue?   Why?

Why are they lying, in the face of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary?  Evidence that should at least lead them to ask questions.

We know from our inside sources that members of Congress are fully aware that Obama’s alleged series of hastily created birth certificates are forgeries, and that there’s much (everything?) about his past that he’s hiding.

So what are these perfumed princes afraid of?  Being outed for their own crimes and indiscretions?  Could it be a game of “I won’t tell on you if you won’t tell on me?” Hmmm?

EXCLUSIVE: GOP governors blast birther gambit

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to delve back into birtherism — on CNBC and on the day he is rolling out an economic plan — has struck a nerve with responsible GOP officials and insiders.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a frequent mention for the VP list and the governor of a critical swing state, told Right Turn exclusively through his spokesman: “The governor has always been clear on this matter: The president was born in the United States and any suggestion that he wasn’t is an unnecessary distraction from the important issues facing our nation.”

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who also has yet to endorse and hosts the first contest in the nomination process, seems to share that view. His spokesman told Right Turn: “The governor believes this is an issue that was put to rest long ago. I do not believe the average Iowa caucus-goer shares these views.” In other words: This is not the way to dig out of single digits in a state in which you need to do very well.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has also spoken out against the birtherism nuttery.

A number of GOP staffers and national operatives on Capitol Hill (none of whom have endorsed or are associated with any other campaign), in state houses and elsewhere have expressed to me how distressed they are at this turn of events. One Republican on the Hill in a prominent member’s office termed the reaction to Perry’s dive into nuttery “a disheartening disappointment, a total disgrace.” The reaction ranged from amazement to disgust.

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor: “Republican candidates should categorically reject the notion that President Obama was not born in the United States. It is a complete distraction from the failed economic policies of the President.”