Rejoice! Birtherism is Dead!

After all, Hawaii has finally and once and for all provided verification that Obama was born in their state.  TPM provides the document they sent to Arizona:

Wait, what that’s you say?  We have been provided official documentation before?

Oh, right, there was this:

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And there was this:

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For full size:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf

Ok, so never mind:  Birtherism lives!

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Considering that the birthers have moved on to Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and even Mitt Romney, I’d say birtherism is alive and well.

  2. @Doug Mataconis:

    At least in Bobby Jindal’s case, he’s tried to score political point by backing a Louisiana birther law, so there’s a bit of karma in seeing them turn on him.

  3. Franklin says:

    Steven, you know all this paper stuff doesn’t prove anything. They won’t rest until somebody builds a time machine and transports Orly Taitz back to his birth where she can collect some DNA and compare to a sample from today’s president. Then we can all be sure! (Okay, maybe not … then they’ll claim that the time machine was hacked to take her to an alternate universe.)

  4. Moosebreath says:

    It’s just pining for the fjords!

  5. KariQ says:

    @Franklin:

    Ah, but that time travel thing will only prove that they could stage an event to fake his birth in Hawaii while the actual birth takes place in Kenya. No doubt, Bill Ayers will be acting as midwife.

  6. Perhaps my sarcasm is too subtle… 😉

  7. @Moosebreath:

    It’s just pining for the fjords!

    Birtherism prefers kippin’ on its back!

  8. MBunge says:

    @Doug Mataconis: “Considering that the birthers have moved on to Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and even Mitt Romney, I’d say birtherism is alive and well.”

    There’s a long history of all sorts of politicians and political movements playing to the worst instincts of the public and elites often overlook that sort of thing. I don’t get any sense that Karl Rove is blamed at all for the 2004 anti-gay marriage campaign he apparently helped gin up. But birtherism is a pretty good indication that this kind of manipulation on the conservative side is reaching a critical mass and the manipulators are losing control of the manipulated.

    Mike

  9. KariQ says:

    I admit that I didn’t follow it closely, but I got the sense that the Jindal accusation was sarcasm.

  10. Murray says:

    Steven, this last document just further demonstrates the extent of the conspiracy.

  11. Boyd says:

    I notice that they sneakily left the Date of Birth off the letter, which is proof positive that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is a crypto-Muslim, half of whom was born in Kenya and the other half in Indonesia.

  12. Hey Norm says:

    The Republican Party, as currently constituted, and Birtherism are made for each other.
    In the old Republican party there would be no place for this nonsense. The party that got rid of the John Birch Society would have none of this tripe.
    But the John Birch Society is back…and this is not your father’s Republican party. Breitbart.com has taken the place of William F. Buckley. Allen West passes for a party leader. Today’s Republican party is about nothing other than irrational anger and hate and fear. It has nothing else to sell. No ideas. No convictions…other than hating President Obama.
    Birtherism is just a symptom of the cancer eating away the GOP…a symptom that is not going away.

  13. PJ says:

    It’s time to start demanding genealogical DNA evidence.

    Has anyone actually seen any evidence that proves that Ronald Reagan was the son of John Reagan and Nelle Wilson?
    Was there a paternity test done?
    Can anyone prove that Ronald Reagan, days old, wasn’t swapped by some illegal aliens from France wanting their child to grow up and have the possibility to become US President?

    Something needs to be done to stop this travesty of justice!

  14. Tsar Nicholas says:

    It’s not paranoia if they really, truly are out to get you.

  15. Neil Hudelson says:

    @Boyd:

    half of whom was born in Kenya and the other half in Indonesia.

    Jebus, I never considered this. The plot thickens.

  16. PJ says:

    @PJ:

    Has anyone actually seen any evidence that proves that Ronald Reagan was the son of John Reagan and Nelle Wilson?
    Was there a paternity test done?
    Can anyone prove that Ronald Reagan, days old, wasn’t swapped by some illegal aliens from France wanting their child to grow up and have the possibility to become US President?

    BREAKING:

    Sale Of Reagan Blood Vial Cancelled

    I want to know who or what entity got to seller.
    The only thing that could prove that Reagan was the son of French illegal aliens is now going to be “donated” to the Reagan foundation.
    I guess the seller got an offer he couldn’t refuse…

  17. al-Ameda says:

    Any chance that Romney put’s Orly Taitz on the ticket?

    She was born in the-then USSR however she’s citizen now.

  18. mattb says:

    On a slightly more serious note, what if anything do you think that Arpio’s deputy will find on his “fact finding” trip to Hawaii?

  19. Franklin says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: No, it was fine. I was kind of doubling-down on it.

  20. Franklin says:

    @Boyd: Holy cow, how did Arizona (and I) miss that? Plus all those dates listed are obviously based on the original Muslim calendar so the baby siamese twin of Barack (not sure if it was the part from Indonesia or Kenya) was really born thousands of years ago!

  21. Franklin says:

    @mattb: A nice vacation?

  22. John Burgess says:

    Gold braid! Where’s the gold braid?!

  23. Scott O. says:

    Some Libtard in Hawaii says Barry HUSSEIN Odumbo was born there? Surprise, surprise.

  24. Robert A. George says:

    @al-Ameda: Sorry, becoming a naturalized citizen does not make you eligible for the presidency. You have to be native born, i.e. born in the United States or its territories — unless, if born overseas, one of your parents was born in US. Which is Barack H. Obama is, uh, oh, forget it…

  25. rodney dill says:

    Rejoice! Birtherism is Dead!

    I think this equates more to decapitating a zombie.

  26. PJ says:

    May the reason why Mitt Romney hasn’t released his birth certificate be that it actually names two women as Lenore Romney’s sister wives?

    I have no idea if this is true, but I think this is as much a valid question to ask as any other question.

    I do hope the Breitbart asylum will uncover the truth before it is too late.

  27. Tsar Nicholas says:

    @rodney dill: Not to nitpick, but I believe if you decapitate a zombie it kills the zombie. Certainly if you shoot a zombie in the head it kills the zombie. We’ve known that since Night of the Living Dead. Although perhaps decapitation somehow would be different than a gunshot? George Romero would know. Maybe Tarantino. Perhaps the better analogy is decapitating one head of a Hydra?

  28. grumpy realist says:

    @Scott O.: Bravo sir! You have mimicked accurately the absolute stubborness of the die-hard birther and refusal to admit to any fact that doesn’t fit in his wacky conspiracy! A gold star for your accuracy in portrayal!

    …oh, you were SERIOUS?

    (I’d like to see the overlap between birthers, America Firsters, contrail believers, moon-landing-was-faked believers, and anti-vaxxers. Some people just gotta have their pet conspiracies…)

  29. Franklin says:
  30. Scott O. says:

    @grumpy realist: No, I wasn’t serious. I keep forgetting that it’s impossible to parody these people.

  31. @Scott O.:

    I keep forgetting that it’s impossible to parody these people.

    Word.

  32. Boyd says:

    @Scott O.: C’mon, now, I thought I did a pretty good job of parody. 🙂

  33. grumpy realist says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Poe’s law in action….*sigh*

  34. jukeboxgrad says:

    They won’t rest until somebody builds a time machine

    What’s required to resolve the matter is pretty simple, and has been nicely articulated by the Afterbirthers:

    “All we are asking is that the president produce a sample of his fetal membranes and vessels—preferably along with a photo of the crowning and delivery—and this will all be over,” said former presidential candidate and Afterbirthers spokesman Alan Keyes, later adding that his organization would be willing to settle for a half-liter of maternal cord plasma. “To this day, the American people have not seen a cervical mucus plug, let alone one that has been signed and notarized by a state-certified Hawaiian health official. If the president was indeed born in the manner in which he claims, then where is his gestation sac?” Keyes said that if Obama did not soon produce at least a bloody bedsheet from his conception, Afterbirthers would push forward with efforts to exhume the president’s deceased mother and inspect the corpse’s pelvic bone and birth canal.