Politico‘s Ben Smith writes about the lingering faction of Birthers still agitating to see Barack Obama’s original birth certificate, despite the total paucity of credible evidence suggesting any reason to doubt that he was, in fact, born in Hawaii. The focus of the story is conservatives’ fear of being associated with these folks:
“At some level, they’re not that bad to have around because it reminds people that under the mainstream conservative press there’s this bubbling up of really irrational hatred for the guy,” said former Clinton White House press secretary Jake Siewert. [...]
The conservative talk show host Michael Medved recently referred to the movement’s leaders as “crazy, nutburger, demagogue, money-hungry, exploitative, irresponsible, filthy conservative imposters” who are “the worst enemy of the conservative movement.”
“It makes us look weird. It makes us look crazy. It makes us look demented. It makes us look sick, troubled, and not suitable for civilized company,” he mourned.
And yet, the comments still fill up with birthers—drawn to any discussion of the topic like moths to a flame—uttering their tribal chant: “Why won’t he just release the original birth certificate and put this to rest?” Put it to rest? Read those quotes again: Why on earth would he want to? Or as the Joker put it: “I don’t want to kill you! What would I do without you?”