In a story in Monday's Politico, conservative Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) indicates that he believes the argument of the "birther" activists -- that President Obama is not actually a United States citizen -- has some merit.
But as if to illustrate the touchiness of the subject, Hoekstra quickly added: "Not that this isn't important."
Sen. Jim Inhofe has also tried to find the elusive middle ground.
"They have a point," he said of the birthers. "I don't discourage it. ... But I'm going to pursue defeating [Obama] on things that I think are very destructive to America."
Matt Corley notes, "It's unclear why Politico characterizes Inhofe's decided support for the 'birthers' as an 'elusive middle ground' stance."
Update: At the Plum Line, Greg Sargent reports that Inhofe has clarified the "point" that he agrees with -- "the White House has not done a very good job of dispelling the concerns of these citizens."