Conservative Group Running Birther Ad Against Obama

A conservative group called the Conservative Majority Fund is out with an ad directly drawing upon the Birther nonsense:

A new national ad campaign from Conservative Majority Fund is repeating attacks questioning President Obama’s citizenship.

The ad, titled “Shady Past,” features discredited theories from the “birther” movement, which claims Obama was not born in Hawaii and is ineligible to serve as president.

It first ran on both CNN and Fox News this week, according to a report from ThinkProgress.

In the video a narrator questions Obama’s personal history and ask voters to join an effort to keep the president off the 2012 ballot.

“Who is Barack Obama? We know less about this man than any other President in American history. What’s he hiding? His autobiography is full of fictional characters. But there’s a lot more than that. If you try to look into his past, you run into a brick wall,” the ad says.

The ad says Obama’s college records at Columbia University and Harvard Law School are “sealed” and claims that “no one has seen an actual physical copy” of the president’s birth certificate.

“If we don’t know who Barack Obama is, we shouldn’t even have him as a candidate for president. Let’s disqualify Obama before the Democratic National Convention. Call today to sign the demand to disqualify Obama.”

The ad provides viewers with a phone number and asks them to join an effort to collect 10,000 signatures “from every congressional district” to have Obama removed from the ballot.

It’s all nonsense of course and I cannot conceive of how it would actually convince anyone of anything. In fact, if I were the Romney campaign I’d be rather annoyed that this ad is running at all.

Here’s the ad:

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Comments

  1. sam says:

    ” In fact, if I were the Romney campaign I’d be rather annoyed that this ad is running at all.”

    More reidu-jitsu.

  2. al-Ameda says:

    “Who is Barack Obama? We know less about this man than any other President in American history. What’s he hiding? His autobiography is full of fictional characters. But there’s a lot more than that. If you try to look into his past, you run into a brick wall,” the ad says.

    Entirely predictable: The GOP did not accept Bill Clinton as a legitimately elected president – they impeached him, Obama is not accepted as legitimate by about half of Republican voters.

    No minds are changed by any of this, however it is great fun and motivational for the GOP base. Polls show that about half the GOP base believes this stuff (heck, my dad and most of my eight brothers and sisters believe it, or at least they want to believe it.

  3. Herb says:

    Wow, sounds like an “As seen on TV” commercial. All that’s missing is the bad actors playing “frustrated.”

  4. gVOR08 says:

    In fact, if I were the Romney campaign I’d be rather annoyed that this ad is running at all.

    The Obama as “other” meme is being pushed, the base is being fired up, the Romney campaign can deny any connection to it, and it’s all a lie. What part of this would be annoying to the Romney campaign?

  5. Murray says:

    @gVOR08:
    “What part of this would be annoying to the Romney campaign? ”

    They already have “the base” and are trying to convince swing voters that they are not to be confused with the batshit crazy birthers.

  6. MM says:

    @Murray: But this ad isn’t pure birtherism. Even though they reference his birth certificate they weasel past it with the technical truth of a “physical copy” and don’t give a conclusion as to what that means. It just asks a lot of questions and strongly hints that Obama is some type of inscrutable cypher that we know nothing about (so if Joe Independent thinks that means he’s just ‘not like me’ and Ron Republican thinks he’s a secret Kenyan Muslim, hey, that’s their interpretation, not the creators of the ad).

    It’s the same weaseling that was done when a substantial number of the Obama criticisms were synonyms of uppity or shiftless.