You could be forgiven for thinking that a serious campaign is afoot -- aided and abetted by the national Republican Party -- to question Barack Obama's citizenship. Over the past two weeks, an inordinate amount of news coverage has been afforded to "birthers," conspiracy theorists who claim that the President was not born in Hawaii, as his birth records indicate, but in Kenya.
It is not Obama's right-wing opponents, however, who are devoting the most attention to this obscure, Internet-driven "movement," if one can even use that label to describe such a paranoid groupuscule. Rather, it's liberals, bent on portraying their conservative opponents as extremists -- and changing the subject to help a President under increasing scrutiny for the substance of his policies -- who are driving this story.
Of course, Jamie is also skeptical as to whether there really is a substantial group of people on the right which questions the birth certificate. He says the birthers are but an "obscure...paranoid groupuscule." (Which certainly looks diminutive to me.) But can Jamie really believe this? In the last paragraph of his piece, he writes: "Yes, it's true. A new poll shows high numbers of Republicans doubting whether Obama was, in fact, born in the U.S." Well, which is it? Large number of Republicans, or obscure groupuscule?
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