Questioning Obama's birth makes Kansas look foolish.
At least Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is consistent.
The conservative Republican has doggedly pursued ways to interfere with the election process, such as pushing for a Voter ID requirement when there's no proof of a voter fraud problem.
And this week, he was involved in the public airing of a complaint from a Kansas-based "birther" looking to prove President Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and have his name removed from Kansas ballots in November.
But rather than simply dismissing the Manhattan resident's claim, Kobach and other state officials acted as if there was something to investigate.
Reasonable people have moved past the "birther" nonsense regarding Obama. But Kobach, in particular, suggested there was some credence to the complaint.
"I don't think it's a frivolous objection," he reportedly said. "I do think the factual record could be supplemented."
Seriously? Apparently Kobach and others still aren't satisfied with a factual record that includes a certificate of live birth authenticated by Hawaiian officials, and verified by the doctor who delivered Obama. Local newspaper birth announcements provide more proof.
Instead, the State Objections Board — Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer — saw fit to request that Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi officials submit copies of the president's birth records.
If the "birther" conspiracy theory embraced by extremists wasn't so disturbing, it would be downright laughable. It figures that Kansas officials would be willing to be front and center in such absurdity.
Interestingly, the Kansas "birther" withdrew his challenge Friday. The State Objections Board was scheduled to consider the complaint on Monday.
Regardless of the claim being dropped, there never was cause to question Obama's eligibility. And the all-Republican board should have known there was nothing to gain politically in doing so (other than pandering to extremists), as Obama has practically zero chance of winning the Republican stronghold of Kansas.
The latest "birther" episode was a ridiculous waste of taxpayer time and money. By taking up the outlandish claim in such a way, state officials only gave the rest of the nation yet another reason to have a good laugh at Kansas' expense.