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Greta Van Susteren Ignores VA AG’s Right-Wing Nuttery While Showcasing His Threatened Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over Health Care Reform

Reported by Ellen - March 19, 2010 -

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was a guest on On The Record (3/18/10) last night to discuss his letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi threatening to sue the federal government as soon as President Obama signs the proposed health care reform bill, assuming its passes. Van Susteren sounded dubious about Cuccinelli’s legal standing to sue, though she never challenged outright the theory he put forth. But she also never offered the “we report, you decide” network’s viewers some background information that might have tossed Cuccinelli right out of the “credible guest” category and straight into the “wingnut" column. With video.

Cuccinelli, as Crooks and Liars noted, is the guy who recently told all of Virginia’s public colleges to rescind policies banning discrimination against gays and lesbians. He’s also the guy who was thinking about not getting a Social Security number for his son because “it is being used to track you." And he’s the guy who, it was recently discovered, speculated during his campaign about how to challenge President Obama’s birth certificate. That last bit of information is of particular relevance in that Cuccinelli told a questioner that the issue of Obama’s birthplace, “will get tested in my view when someone… when he signs a law, and someone is convicted of violating it and one of their defenses will be it is not a law because someone qualified to be President didn’t sign it.”

So there was Cuccinelli telling Van Susteren how he intends to argue that a law signed by Obama is not a law – though Cuccinelli said nothing about challenging it on the grounds that Obama was not qualified to be President. But as of Wednesday, Cuccinelli’s spokesman said that the legal rationale for the suit was "still being worked out." And neither Cuccinelli’s previous support for birther lawsuits nor his grandstanding for other radical causes ever seemed to pop into Van Susteren’s mind as worth a mention.