One odd subplot of the campaign that I've caught occasional glimpses of in comments here are anti-Obama conspiracy theorists raising questions about why the original copy of his birth cerificate isn't available. The idea, it seems, is that Obama was secretly born outside the United States and his parents said to themselves, back in 1961, "this interracial kid will probably be president some day so we'd better cover up his place of birth and pretend it happened in Hawaii so he'll be eligible even though he'd actually be eligible anyway." Something like that.

At any rate, Dave Weigel's been tracking the conspiracies better than anyone and has the latest as the anti-Obama truth squad inadvertently uncovers evidence that they're wrong and still manage to process it into their theory.

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