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Back in 2008, when the birther movement was loudly questioning whether Barack Obama was really born in the United States, an interviewer mentioned to Scott Brown that although Obama’s mother may have been 18 when he was born, she was married at the time. “Well, I don’t know about that,” he chuckled.

Brown, of course, is now running for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts and trying to portray himself as a nice, moderate kind of Republican, not some kind of tea party wingnut. But I hope Massachusetts voters know what they’re getting themselves into if they elect him. His moderate persona sure seems to be hiding an inner wingnut.

Anyway, here’s the video. If liberals had their own version of the Drudge/Fox/Limbaugh axis, this would have been on a 24/7 loop across the country all weekend.

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