This will be remembered as the week the Obama Birther movement gained critical mass.
In the 2008 presidential election, Sarah Palin was like manna from heaven for Democrats, bringing the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party front and center and exposing the hate, intolerance and old-fashioned stupidity that has permeated the GOP for the last couple of decades. So it was with a bit of remorse that I learned of Palin's retreat (at least temporarily) from the political arena. Where are we going to turn for our right-wing nutjob entertainment pleasure?
Thank you to all who applied, but the position has been filled: The Obama Birther phenomenon has evolved far beyond our wildest expectations, morphing from extreme-fringe chatter to a bona fide movement, inspiring ridiculous legislation and drawing support from imbecilic blowhards Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs. Make no mistake folks: These Birthers are off-the-charts, cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs, batshit crazy. And the best part? They're gaining steam.
That's right: As reported by liberal bastard media empire The New York Times, the Birther movement is growing. And in the last two days alone, it's caught the attention of Gawker, The Atlantic, Salon and The Los Angeles Times, to name a few.
From Eric Etheridge's New York Times piece:
"Slowly but surely, this meme is going mainstream," says [Allahpundit].
"Did Lou Dobbs really GO THERE? Seriously? This is getting absurd," says the First Read team at MSNBC.
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....
Whether the idea has been debunked or or not is not something that seems to impact the birther movement. In fact, as Dave Weigel points out, "the 'birther' movement began in response to Obama's own efforts to debunk rumors."...
Weigel, whose Washington Independent article provides a detailed history of the movement, says "the cottage industry of conspiracy theories about the president's birth shows no signs of disappearing," even despite suffering "scores of embarrassing legal defeats, and even after tussles between the attorneys who've turned frivolous lawsuits about the president's citizenship into full-time jobs."...