Sarah Palin, Birther

Palin says Obama birth certificate questions are fair game, irritating even conservative pundits

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Sarah Palin's ability to fire up the blogosphere never fails. But even pundits on the right aren't sure about her latest move, and say controversy doesn't always translate to smart publicity. Their case in point: Palin's Orly Taitz moment, in which the former Governor of Alaska told a conservative radio host that questions about President Obama's birth certificate are "fair game." Bloggers on the right say Palin's decision to associate herself with the so-called "birther" movement--a group believing the president was not, in fact, born in the U.S.--is neither her smartest nor her most noble move so far. How she's managed to outdo herself:

  • Does She Know This Is Going to Follow Her Around?  Hot Air's Allahpundit says "birthers" are "the same thing as Truthers saying that all they're doing is 'asking questions.' The answers have already been provided; they just reject them because they're married to their conspiracies."
  • 'Please God, Make It Stop'  Michael C. Moynihan of Reason Magazine is amused with Allahpundit's earnest treatment of Palin. "Allahpundit," he says, asks: '"I wonder if she realized when she said this that it's going to follow her around.'" Moynhian says Palin is clearly incompetent. "Well if not, she is hardly qualified to manage a fantasy baseball team, much less the government of the United States."
  • 'Why I Want Nothing to Go with the Right Wing'  Little Green Football's Charles Johnson is happy with his recent break from the right.

  • 'Orly Taitz Now Ghostwriting for Sarah Palin'  Kevin K. of Rumproast can't resist.
  • Not Smart Politics  Vinnie, of the Jawa Report shakes his head. "I love the Sarahcuda, but sometimes she can be about as articulate as a George W. Bush."
  • We Learn More About Palin's Character  From the left, The Washington Independent's David Weigel:
She has spoken and written angrily for more than a year about the people she calls "Trig Truthers," anyone who questions whether Trig Palin is her son. The lesson she's taken from the experience is not that conspiracy theories are out of bounds. It's that if they are going to be conspiracy theories about her, there might as well be conspiracy theories about her political enemies.
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