Playing With Fire

Why are Jon Henke and I firing into our own ranks on the birther nonsense?  Wouldn't it be better to take on Democrats?

Well, two answers to this.  First, the WND folks are not, in any sense of the word, my people.  I supported Obama, remember?

Second of all, it's not, like, true.  It's not even reasonable to believe that it might be true.  It is crazy nonsense.  Even if everything that the truthers say were factually correct, Barack Obama was the son of an American mother, which means he is a natural born American citizen.  This is a waste of time and energy that could be put to better use, like learning to play the banjo.

And third of all, as David Corn makes clear, allowing the Truthers and the Birthers to fester just sets you up for grief later on.   So to the extent that I would like to vote for a Republican president in the future, if they can manage to find a candidate who doesn't actively give me hives, I think it would be nice if his campaign isn't undermined by revelations that key staff members supported the notion that Obama was a crypto-fascist secret Indonesian Muslim, or whatever.