Understanding The “Birthers”

“Birthers” is the term Politico uses for those right-wing conspiracy theorists who continue to insist that President Obama is not a native-born citizen and therefore ineligible to hold the office of president in this new article examining their claims and conspiracy theories.

The article covers key figures like Alan Keyes, Orly Taitz, and Phil Berg and doesn’t break any new ground, but does contain several interesting tidbits, such as Taitz’s assertion that the media’s refusal to take their claims seriously is “totalitarian” and the fact that the Keyes camps doesn’t like to be associated with the Berg camp due to the latter’s claims that 9/11 was an inside job – apparently that type of conspiracy theorizing only serves to undermine the Keyes camp’s own conspiracy theorizing.

And then, of course, there are the conservatives who think this whole movement is making them all look bad:

“Untold numbers of people have asked us to look into it,” said Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, which recently sued to block Hillary Clinton, on technical grounds connected to her Senate seat, from taking the position of secretary of state.

“When we sued over Hillary ineligibility there were a lot of folks saying, ‘Why weren’t you suing over Obama’s ineligibility?'” he said..

Fitton said he hadn’t “seen any credible evidence Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen eligible for the presidency.”

“If people understood better what the law is, I don’t think they’d be as concerned as they are,” he said.

“I’m not a conspiracist, but this could be a very big conspiracy to make conservatives disgrace themselves,” [Michael] Medved said.

Frankly, considering Judicial Watch’s own history, when they say that these people are a bunch of crackpots, it is probably safe to assume that they are indeed a bunch of crackpots.

Of course, the crackpots don’t see it that way, and now WorldNetDaily is blasting the article for mocking them: 

[This Politico article] cites WorldNetDaily as the source for news on the United States Justice Foundation’s most recent attempt to demand Obama give legal evidence of his constitutional eligibility to serve as president.

Politico’s coverage of the questions that still linger over Obama’s birth, however, is far from kind.

As WND has reported on several occasions, however, none of the so-called “evidence” of Obama’s constitutional eligibility produced thus far is beyond reasonable doubt nor as iron-clad as simply producing an authentic birth certificate, something everyday Americans are required to do regularly, but the president still refuses to do.