Thursday, April 2, 2009


The birther story — the tale that Barack Obama isn’t really a U.S. citizen — gets slapped down by Andrew Walden at Front Page, a major conservative website. Mr. Walden pleads with his fellow travelers to put an end to the nonsense.

A fairly impressive internet industry has sprung up claiming that Obama was born in either Kenya or Indonesia. This is nonsense which distracts from the broadly unexplored story of Obama’s upbringing. This kind of nonsense has emerged because the McCain campaign chose not to raise the many questions about Barack Obama’s numerous hard-left alliances. Barack Obama was born in Hawai’i, August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu.

But wait… Mr. Walden has a conspiracy theory of his own.

By refusing media requests for a look at the actual paper birth certificate, Obama’s campaign gave sly backhanded assistance to the forgery hype. The internet release of the birth certificate via hyper-partisan website Daily Kos on June 12 before posting it on a campaign website was likely calculated to fuel the frenzy. This is Obama’s Gramscian strategy designed to redirect the opposition down a blind alley. It was so successful that Hawai’i government offices found themselves inundated with telephone calls from mainland voters in the days before the November 4 election.

What sheer genius; the whole birth certificate kerfuffle just a trick by the Obama campaign to lure Wingnuttia into stirring themselves up into paroxysms of hyper-silly twitterpations and make them look completely ridiculous.

Well, it worked.

HT to Steve.