So now that Obama has finally released his long form birth certificate, after a suspicious delay that might have fooled those 9 doddering black-robed ivy-league intellectual elitists on the Supreme Court but certainly couldn’t pull the wool over the eyes of salt-of-the-earth, heartland-loving, small-town-fantasizing ordinary Americans, the patriots are satisfied. Right?
The ticker on FOX reads “White House releases what it says is Obama’s long form birth certificate.” Orly Taitz has now turned to investigating whether the President is using a phony social security number. Donald Trump is reserving judgment.
But…isn’t that a good thing? Basically, there are two ways to read this politically. The first is that the birther obsession helps paint the GOP as loonies. The second is that the republicans have gone so far around the bend on the issues that we don’t want anything getting in the way of discrediting their extremist, dogmatic, fantasy-driven ideology and its policy expressions. The second option clearly appears more idealistic. It holds out hope that Dems can and will use GOP zaniness to finally articulate preferable policies and use them to pull the center back from its current infection with positions that would have had Goldwater (certainly Eisenhower) blogging on dkos. Given the past few decades, however, we might want to encourage those mud-blood haters and xenophobes. After all, how can we trust a President whose father and stepfather were muggles…I mean foreigners with funny skin and eyes?