Palin, Birtherism And National Review

To its credit, National Review once attacked those who refused to accept the prima facie evidence of Barack Obama's birth certificate as proof of his eligibility to be president of the United States.

The hallmark of a conspiracy theory is that a lack of evidence for the theory is taken as yet more evidence for the theory. Indeed, the maddening thing about dealing with conspiracy hobbyists of this or any sort is the ever-shifting nature of their argument and their alleged evidence: Never mind the birth certificate, his step-grandmother said he was born in Kenya! (No, she didn’t.)

Now examine Sarah Palin's precise point made Thursday night:

I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue ’cause I think there are enough members of the electorate who still want answers.

One might expect NRO to write something - anything - to deal with the fact that the person they wanted to be vice-president has just embraced the conspiracy theory they have explicitly condemned.

You would expect it if the magazine were an intellectually honest vehicle for conservative thought and opinion, as opposed to a largely sophistic harbor for partisan propagandists and cranks.