David Kirkpatrick

July 25, 2009

Birthers, the latest GOP anchor

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:56 pm

Today has been a GOP threefer. I essentially stopped blogging on the continued fail of the Republican Party, but the three posts from today were on topics I couldn’t, in good conscience, avoid — Palin’s resignation, the news Dick Cheney unsuccessfully sought fully dictatorial powers for the executive branch and, here, the fact the retarded twig holding up what’s left of part of the GOP “tent” is getting major ink on the “birther issue.”

Right now is the perfect time to hammer the Democratic Party. It’s over confident, passing ridiculous legislation, pondering enormous changes with what will be lasting effects for the nation and the honeymoon is over for a still very popular president. Well placed intelligent opposition would hit its mark right now.

What’s in the news? The completely debunked idea Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. If this is a positioning move for next year and 2012, the GOP is truly sunk. It may be the lunatic fringe has a bit too much internal power for the Republican Party to move forward as a governing organization.

Well, if nothing else the next four years or so ought to be pretty interesting. And probably full of Democratic legislation.

From the link:

Six months into his presidency, the charge that Barack Obama is — literally — un-American is gaining not losing steam. Yes, the Birther bump is growing.

Need some backstory? Allow The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder to explain: “Birthers, for the uninitiated, is a term used by the media to ridicule those who believe that the president’s Hawaiian birth certificate is fake and that because he was ostensibly born in Kenya, not the United States, he was never eligible to be president in the first place.”

To the extent that one can conclusively prove such things in our postmodern age, this claim has been extremely thoroughly debunked. The birther movement may be premised on a fictional belief, but it is savvy: birthers now wear the term “birther” as badge of honor, as if they were a persecuted minority — which, come to think of it, is one mechanism for solidarity in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Whether the idea has been debunked or or not is not something that seems to impact the birther movement.

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