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The Birthers.

The Birthers are an interesting breed.  Unable to accept the offered proof that Obama was born in the United States, they cling to the idea that he is not one of us.  And what a surprise, self identified Republicans believe it the most.

The WP reports on a recent Washington Post/ABC poll:

Examining the “Birther” Movement

The results make clear that while suspicion about the president’s place of birth is far from widespread, there is a certain — and not entirely insignificant — segment of the population that carries doubts.

(For the record, the proof that Obama was born in Hawaii is indisputable; Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican, said as much in a recent interview.)

Seventy seven percent of adults polled said Obama was born in the United States with a near-majority (48 percent) able to name Hawaii as the president’s birthplace. Twenty percent said he was not born in the U.S. with nine percent citing “solid evidence” to back up that belief and 10 percent calling it a suspicion only.

A new Washington Post/ABC News national poll shows that one in five adults either believe or guess that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States although that number jumps to one in three self-identifying Republicans.

Not surprisingly, doubts about Obama’s citizenship were lowest among Democrats and highest among Republicans.

I will bet that very few of those Republicans ever believed GW Bush was AWOL or any of the other sordid elements of his military career such as wearing ribbons he did not earn, the unexplained reason for being dropped from flying status  (grounded) after a required physical, his placement on the Texas Air National Guard slot for people trying to get stationed there and so forth.

Establishment Republicans have done everything they can to downplay chatter about Obama’s citizenship, believing, rightly, that it is a stone-cold loser for the party. But, elements of the GOP base seem unwilling to leave the issue behind and a handful of candidates around the country — including former Rep. J.D. Hayworth who is running for the Senate in Arizona — seem unwilling to rule out the possibility in what seems like an attempt to win the votes of the most conservative of conservatives within the GOP base.

I would challenge whether “Establishment Republicans” have done “everything they can to downplay the chatter.”  Especially when you have the highly defended voice of the GOP Rush Limbaugh pushing that drivel and all of the me toos that are just conduits for the Republican talking points.   The Republican Party itself has become virtually a fringe group so “Establishment Republicans” doesn’t set much of a standard.  But if this fringe group of the now fringe GOP can keep making their party look like idiots then keep doubting away.

The midterms are just around the corner.

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  1. ANDREL HUGHES
    May 9, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Stupid is…as Stupid does…

    • notimefortrivia
      May 9, 2010 at 6:16 am

      And they may not have invented stupid but they have sure perfected it….

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