The official response to President Obama’s big health care speech tonight will come from Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA). That makes sense on some levels–Boustany is a fairly senior member on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, and, in a previous life, he was a practicing cardiac surgeon. But on another level, it’s a very questionable move. Several weeks ago, Boustany had a run-in with Mike Stark of Firedoglake. Fast forward about 27 seconds in.
Stark asks, “What do you personally believe though, I mean, do you think there’s a question here [about Obama’s birth certificate]?
Boustany’s response? “I think there are questions. We’ll have to see.”
That’s not the birtheriest statement we’ve seen out of an elected official, but it at least rises to the level of flirtation with birtherism. An interesting choice to be the new face of GOP opposition to health care reform. Boustany’s making the rounds on cable this morning. Let’s see if anybody asks him about this.