Posted on | May 20, 2012 | 21 Comments
I’ve always thought the Birther thing was a Red Herring. Now that someone has gone back and done the research, we may need a new category. Call it a deR Herring. Being born in Hawaii was to far from the vein of racial emotion that BHO was seeking to tap. So we have the the literary agent tart up the mundane Hawaiian origin into something that can be mined for racial cred.
But it’s a twofer. After deciding to run for POTUS, the fiction is shed. But the skin cluttering the area becomes a major distractor. The birth certificate becomes to Barack what WMD were to Saddam Hussein: a closely-held card that is really, really driving some among the opposition snaky. Barack has, at least for 2008, maximized the political value of a bogus Kenyan birth claim for support, while turning birth suspicion into a powerful weapon to discredit detractors.
Lies are purely tactical. The entropy they inject into human life requires increasing energy to maintain. At this point, anyone who believes Barack Obama on, well, any count (roughly 1 in 4 think he’s doing a boffo job, according to Rasmussen) is pretty much a fool.
Update: more at Scared Monkeys.