Now I have no idea if that Arizona birther bill is constitutional, how it would affect Obama’s candidacy if it is indeed constitutional or anything of the sort, but I think it’s quite possible that with this bill, with Donald Trump’s candidacy, and with Village support for Donald Trump’s candidacy, we may see the beginnings of mainstream, serious, respectable birtherism
Earlier I said that some contrarian wanker like Charles Lane will eventually half-embrace birtherism with some counterintuitive jujitsu. That’s not so important, though. Here’s what I think could be important. Remember how four or five years ago, Republicans like Newt and Pawlenty were talking about how important global warming was and so on? Then when it became clear that the base didn’t want to believe in global warming, they decided they didn’t believe it in either (with possible caveats, e.g. “it’s getting warmer but it’s not man made”). Why couldn’t that happen with birtherism?
The corporate base won’t want to embrace birtherism the way they’ve embraced global warming denialism, but the teatards might. If there’s no way to tamp down birtherism, then why not double down on birtherism? The Wall Street Journal editorial page could express doubts about authenticity of the records. Instapundit, Charles Krauthammer, and Marc Thiessen could heh-indeed the doubts, and bingo it’s a real issue. Conor Friedersdorf could link to Dennis Prager’s thoughtful concerns. Authenticity of records, view differ.
I don’t see why we can’t end up at least part way down this road. I don’t expect Bobo or Chunky Bobo to jump on the birther bandwagon, but I think the right-wing rabbit hole could go deeper than people think here.