Freshman US Representative Bill Posey of Florida violated the cardinal rule of media statements: Never repeat their punch-line words in your denial.
Quoth Posey, in the Orlando Sentinal:
There is no reason to say that I'm the illegitimate grandson of an alligator.
[...] U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, introduced legislation last month that would require all presidential candidates to submit a birth certificate when qualifying to run. Posey said the intent was to prevent a repeat of what happened last year, when fringe critics of then-candidate Barack Obama questioned his citizenship.
Instead, the bill fell flat — it has yet to attract a co-sponsor — and Posey took a beating from late-night comedy-show hosts and liberal media, who accused him of kowtowing to extremists in his party.
In fairness, I should point out that it would be wrong to interpret this quote as a denial that he is the illegitimate grandson of an alligator. In fact, as the context makes clear, Posey was simply insisting that it would be "name-calling and personal denigration" to actually say he is the illegitimate son of an alligator--a point that all of us, including alligators, can probably agree on.
(Update: I had forgotten it this morning, but that whole Posey's-grandmother-and-alligator story didn't just fall out of the sky:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Bill Posey Alligator Rumors|
As I've said before, Colbert is a much greater threat to conservative guests than Stewart is; trusting Colbert's faux-conservative persona, they blithely follow him much farther into the quicksand.)