Birthers on parade

You may have heard of the lunatic fringe contingent that thinks that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and thus not eligible to be President of the United States according to the Constitution. They’re incredible cranks, cooking up all manner of dire conspiracy theories about a doctored birth certificate and birth documents, all full of dark plotting, aided and abetted, of course, by the “liberal” press. They’re very much like 9/11 Truthers, only not as coherent. (And, no, that’s not a compliment to 9/11 Truthers, either.)

That there are kooky conspiracy theorists who just can’t accept that they lost and we now have a black man as the President of the United States does not surprise me. That our Congressional Representatives seem either to side with these nutcases or are so afraid of them that they dare not speak out plainly is illustrated in this video that a reader sent to me last night:

Notice how only one of the Representatives interviewed would come out and plainly say that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and therefore is a U.S. citizen and therefore eligible to be President of the United States. Pathetic. But if you want to know just how insane the “birthers” are, take note of this. Even Ann Coulter thinks they’re loons:

What’s even more hilarious, the far right lunatic fringe has turned on Coulter, as Ed documents.

I don’t blog about politics all that often, but this interested me as a skeptic for the sheer lack of critical thinking involved that it takes to think that one of Obama’s political enemies wouldn’t have dug up the proof by now and used it against him, as pointed out in the Coulter segment. Hillary wouldn’t have hesitated to use such information. Neither would Edwards. And they certainly had operatives looking for dirt on their opponents, as all campaigns do these days. Still, that doesn’t stop them from taking over town hall meetings, as Mike Castle (R-DE) found out:

The scary thing is, these people clearly have influence.