The networks have been surprisingly good about smacking down the birther nonsense. At Political Punch, Jake Tapper has consistently referred to it as nonsense. And NBC’s first read asks:
Simply put, what Trump is doing is the equivalent of a GOP presidential candidate in 1995 campaigning on the Vince Foster rumors, or a candidate in 1968 suggesting that LBJ was connected to the Kennedy assassination. It is crazy conspiracy talk that has gone mainstream. And while Republicans quietly dismiss Trump as a sideshow, they aren’t saying a lot publicly. What are they afraid of?
The answer is simple of course, they are afraid of their base. They should be. In the online poll MSNBC is running about 40% of respondents say that “There will always be doubt in my mind (about Obama’s place of birth)”. Of course, online polls are in no way scientific. Read through some of the comments, though.
Good work on the forgery. Hope whoever ends up admitting he/she/they faked it for “the good of the country” eventually sees justice.
This issue will never go away and Republicans will never denounce birthers forcefully, not until after the primaries anyway. Is there any wonder why no one wants to compete for these lunatics’ votes?