In reporting that Pres. Obama released his so-called long form birth certificate, Ben Smith at right-leaning Politico.com gives voice to the inside-the-beltway conventional wisdom that the president and his team bowed to pressure from birthers like Donald Trump:
Seeking to put an end to the “birther” conversation — and, incidentally, elevating Donald Trump on the day of his trip to New Hampshire — the White House says it has convinced the State of Hawaii to make an exception to state policy and release a copy of his long form birth certificate, the holy grail of obsessives.
It’s possible that Smith and some of his cohorts in the D.C. press corps actually believe that the White House was “seeking to end” the birther conspiracy, but it is highly unlikely that anyone in the White House political shop or the Obama 2012 campaign is that naive. For the sake of the future of our republic, let’s hope not.
A more realistic, albeit cynical, view is that the Obama campaign is using the controversy about the president’s birth certificate as a wedge issue — that the release of the document is intended to drive birthers batshit crazy, prompting them to escalate their conspiracy theorizing to new levels of absurdity — which in turn will force establishment Republican pols, including GOP presidential candidates, to take a position for or against a key segment of their wingnut base.
The Obama campaign is banking on the fact that the release of the long-form certificate will resolve any doubt about the president’s birth origins among level-headed swing voters. Settling the issue among independents, the constituency that will decide the presidential race in a close election, will put the eventual Republican nominee in an awkward position. He (or she) must have both the GOP’s wingnut base and sensible independents to win next year.
If you think the release of Obama’s birth certificate will put the controversy about his birth to rest, here are two words to consider: “grassy knoll.” Just take a gander at the comments on Ben Smith’s post at Politico. For every voice of reason from liberals, as shown in the first example, there are about two from birthers howling at the moon.
A lonely voice of reason:
Right… Like this will end it: Why can’t the media just accept that a good plurality of conservatives in this country are clinically insane? Their brains have been rotted by 20 years of nonsense AM radio and Republican hyperbole. Once upon a time, it was just the communists that lurked under every bed — since 9/11, it’s become Arabs, Muslims, and ever since the dixiecrats gravitated over the Republican party – the blacks, too. Why is the 80% of the country — some liberal, some moderate, some actually even NON-crazy conservative — are forced to play games with the stupid 20%? I’m not advocating for any sort of quarantine or worse – I’m just asking why can’t we ignore them? When Republican politicos kowtow to them because they know they need the crazy vote to win, why can’t we just call them out and shame them? Why does our nation need to deal with millions of people that are just too stupid to deal with? Let them stand on their streetcorners – both virtual and real — ringing their bells of crazy, wearing their sandwich boards of crazy, and shouting their crazy nonsense. Ignore them. Look the other way. Don’t give them their loose change. Don’t talk to them – lord knows they’ll just follow you home, yammering nonsense about secret Muslim FEMA camps hellbent on bringing gay atheist socialism to America, stealing your guns, your bibles, and whatever idiotic tripe pops into their diseased heads.
Here’s a sampling from the birther chorus:
STILLnotTHEoriginal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: The signature at the bottom of the page says this could be “an abstract.” Under race of his father, it says “African.” Is that what they would have said way back in 1961, or would they have said “Negro.” HHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMMM
FAKE FAKE FAKE: FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE ZERO IS A FREAKING FAKE.
DJ: According to BHO you cannot get the state to release the ‘long form’. That’s why it was not released. Lets see, apparently this same thing could have been done before the election. So is BHO lying then or lying now? I bet he could also have his applications and grade released from college- or is the Trumpster right about his poor grades- and are others right about his use of Kenya to get accepted and welfared for tuition? I know lets release them all now!! Or does it take 2 years to get them marked up right before you let them out!! Here go bloggers, examine carefully, remember CBS Dan and Mary and the job you guys did on that phony- well maybe again or confirm and put this to bed so he can lose on turning America into a 3rd world Euro paradise.
Toxic Avenger: 4 years of “dithering”. When will he unseal his grades and papers?
IMPEACH NOW: IT’S A PHOTO-SHOPPED FAKE.
Lucinda10: Or did they finally find a way to get someone to “make” one in Hawaii. Public servants (even of the state of Hawaii) can be moved to do things for the “greater good”. Oh, did I imply Chicago thuggery and corruption??
Carolyn: I’ve seen long form birth certificates of other people born in Hawaii. I’m not buying his story that the state would not give the person a copy of their long form without making it the “exception”. I’ll reserve judgment until someone examines it to make sure it isn’t a fake. Since the president is a fake.
MJS: Just to keep the controversy going there is a discrepancy. On World Net Daily today there is an article about Hawaii not issuing long forms anymore. In the article is a copy of someone born at the same hospital the day after Obama; the certificate number is 61 10637 for this person. Obama’s birth certificate number is 61 10641. Obama’s birth certificte number is higher even though he was born the day before the other person. Is this a simple issue of the forms not stored in order or something more? Was Obama’s number out of place or the other persons. I don’t care because we should worry about his policies not incidentals but I did want to be the 1st to point this out.
bubbabgone: How come it doesn’t look like the C of LB that’s been floating around for a couple of years? This one actually looks typewritten whereas the other one has what looks like it uses the Calibri font.
This ain’t over. Not hardly. It’s just getting started.