Oh, wait. No he doesn’t. Instead he argues that Republicans aren’t being hurt with independent voters at all by the entire birth certificate discussion, as opposed to the vehement opposition we are getting from David Gregory and Chris Matthews.
Apparently, if Obama is letting this whole story line drag out so that he can embarrass those who want to see his long form birth certificate, that may not be working out for him. Ace shows why it is that we may be able to turn his obstinant refusal to release it to our advantage with the people whose greatest goal in politics appears to be, “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”
A snip of a great post:
ME: Hey, how about those Crazy Birthers, huh?
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Oh, I don’t know. What about them?
ME: Oh, they have this outlandish theory that Obama was born overseas.
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Where was he born?
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: That is overseas.
ME: No, but I mean in a foreign country.
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Why do they think that?
ME: Oh, it’s crazy. They think that because he won’t release his long-form birth certificate.
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Oh. Um… why won’t he release it?
ME: I don’t know. No one knows. In fact, the White House never actually says why he won’t release it. In fact, no reporter even ever asks the exact reason for refusing to release it. But it’s crazy that the Birthers think this, huh?
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Wait, I’m confused, why doesn’t he just release it?
ME: That’s not the point. Aren’t the Birthers insane?
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Yeah, probably, sure. I assume most people who have passionate political views are insane, usually. That’s why I’m not into politics. But let’s go back one step — you have no idea why he refuses to release the birth certificate?
ME: None at all! It’s a mystery. But put that out of mind — aren’t these Birthers nuts for asking about it?
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Um, maybe. Have other presidents refused to release their birth certificates?
ME: None, ever, that we know of, at least since such bureaucratic records were kept! But you’re missing the point — aren’t the Birthers batsh!t bug**** nuts to ask what the big mystery is?
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Um, I’m starting to wonder.
ME: Oh, that’s crazy.
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: If what you’re telling me is right, there is a dispute, and it’s within his power to resolve the dispute, but he won’t resolve it. Is that right?
ME: Yep. 100% right.
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: So why is that crazy?
ME: Because the Birthers rely on a dubious chain of coincidence and collusion to postulate a theory about the reasons for why he’s withholding it.
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Okay, right, but still — why doesn’t he release it?
ME: No idea! He just won’t!
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: What’s the big problem?
ME: No one knows! No one even asks!
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: I don’t see what the problem is in releasing your birth certificate.
ME: Because it’s crazy to even think this way.
HYPOTHETICAL INDEPENDENT: Um…. okay. Why doesn’t he release it, again?
Can’t you just see yourself having that conversation with one of your non-political friends?
The birthers are Obama’s problem, not ours. We don’t have to defend them or condemn them. Let him deal with it.
And seriously, if you haven’t yet, click over to Ace for the whole thing. It’s worth it.