I think this is a pretty good sign of just how much birtherism and this “post-colonial mind” nonsense has infected the brains of the right. Some kids do a jokey video urging people to vote since Justin Bieber can’t. It gets picked up by Politico (no link) and prompts the Weekly Standard to ask one of the kids behind it whether she is related to a former Ethiopian dictator:
Weekly Standard: My understanding is that you’re related to the former Ethiopian leader Haile Mariam Mengistu. Can you confirm whether this is true? If it is true, would you mind telling me how you two are related?
Sara (Haile-Mariam) responded that she is not related to the former dictator and asked why he was inquiring about this. “Someone was intrigued by your name — and asked an obvious question,” is the answer. Because, hey, I know every time I see a random news item about a white guy named “Smith” I immediately launch a journalistic inquiry into whether or not he’s related to Rhodesian white supremacist leader Ian Smith.