NOW with Alex Wagner | May 22, 2012
>>> i thought so in 2008 and i went wrog rogue and disagreed with mccain's advisers when they said, no, issues like past associations and reverend wright and bill ayers and those that shaped obama's world view needed to be off the table and not discussed. i disagreed then and now.
>> saying reverend wright and past associates of president obama are fair game when it comes to campaign attacks. her remarks come as when joe arpaio reignite the birther debate, keeping the president off at ballot unless they get proof he was born in the u.s. ken bennett is running for government in 2014 in arizona and claiming he's not eight birther but received 1200 e-mails from voter whose have doubts. i bring in a "the washington post " editorial that makes the point in 1/50 of 1% of arizonans demanded that ken bennett , the republican secretary of state, go to work in the nude, would he comply? not likely, mr. bennett is planning to run for governor in two years, it wouldn't pay to pander to crack pots and humiliate himself in the bargain or would it? why are these guys talking about it? from they think it works to rile up the base, talking to crazy people . they would not reopen the -- whether there was a real moon landing or not, but they're going to relitigate this over and over and over. and swewe're paying attention. i tried to not write mr. sheriff joe . i don't write about him, maybe he'll go away, but it's not working.
>> sending a deputy from his threats management unit, also his cold case posse to hawaii. this is the kind of gumshoe reporting that only -- i don't know -- crazy people practice.
>> tax dollars at work.
>> and this is somebody you have to remember who is -- who looks like he's facing an investigation by the department of justice .
>> and who is doing this in part as a form of pushback, political pushback, to say basically you mess with me, i'm going to keep messing with you in a way that's going to get media attention, and it works.
>> the money, the safe money on the bet between the cold case posse and the justice department , i think is probably on the justice department . but we'll let the story