According to Mediaite
, Maher's wifer controversy is meant to parody birther speculations about Obama's nationality by providing "proof" that there is no evidence that Romney has abandoned the historical polygamist tradition of his Mormon ancestry.
The Huffington Post
explains that the wifer theory answers Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, who said recently, that he doesn't know if Obama was born in the U.S., but that he believes in his heart that Obama is not an American. Maher's "wiferism," according to The Huffington Post
, is meant to demonstrate just how easy it is to create a conspiracy theory out of nothing beside one's prejudices.
Maher argues there is no evidence that Romney is married to only one woman since he only released his "short-form marriage license." Though Maher claims that he is not a wifer, he insists that he has the duty to raise honest probing questions to help dispel doubts about Romney's marial status given the fact that Romney is a Mormon, a religious group with a history of polygamy. Maher's argument is as simple and as "conclusive" as birther arguments go: “[Romney has] the blood of a nomadic polygamist tribesman and I think that has shaped his (Romney's) worldview.”
According to Real Clear Politics
, Maher said: "You know, the media can keep giving this story (birthers) oxygen, but I think they are neglecting a much bigger scandal which is 'wiferism.'" Parodying Arizona's secretary of state Ken Benett's argument
, Maher said: "Mitt Romney comes from a Mormon background, I don't know how many wives he has. I'm not saying that I believe in that, I just say he was born in a Mormon compound, I'm not a wifer, but for some reason he has never shown his original marriage certificate."
Maher displayed a "copy" of Romney's marriage license. But the document, according to Maher, does not provide conclusive evidence that Romney is a monogamist because it is only a "short-form license." Maher's analysis of the "short-form license" questions the use of the singular word "SPOUSE" typed above his wife's name. According to Maher, it should read "ONLY SPOUSE."
Maher then runs through an exhaustive list of legitimate reasons to question the assumption that Romney is a monogamist, but at each step, he is careful to remind us that he is not a wifer but only asking questions as a concerned American.
Maher said: "Now, I'm getting a lot of my information, I must say, from a book called 'Me So Romney, The Secret Love Life of the World's Horniest Mormom.' Again, I'm not a wifer, I'm just saying that he has the blood of a nomadic polygamist tribesman and I think that has shaped his worldview."
Maher bolsters his wifer theory with a "controversial" question: "Why did Mitt Romney strap his dog to the roof of his car? Could it have been because his station wagon was full of wives?"