While I'm at it, I have not linked to Dave Weigel, which is a tragedy. One point that Dave makes, which I don't think people appreciate, is that the whole birther thing is the direct result of Obama trying to dispel rumors that his middle name was Muhammad. This notion that rational argument and evidence will convince people who believe that Obama has benefited from a massive conspiracy is faulty. They aren't actually interested in evidence. I'm sure, somewhere, there are people still looking for that whitey tape.