As DougJ notes, Chris Matthews can hear a dog whistle, but apparently the still-Republicans at OTB are a little hard of hearing. James Joyner and Doug Mataconis are both shocked to think that Romney, who as Joyner points out has rejected birtherism, could possibly have meant to dog whistle with his “nobody’s asked to see my birth certificate” comment. They just think it was a dumb joke. Here’s Joyner:
This [Romney’s rejection of birtherism] was literally at the beginning of his campaign. Has Romney subsequently backed off this position and I’ve missed it? If not, it seems odd to argue that his joke was intended as some sort of dog whistle; he’s already flatly rejected the Birthers.
Today Doug reports that Obama leads Romney by 39% among Latinos and wonders if Republicans have bottomed out with Latinos. Perhaps Doug and James might want to consider that one of the biggest birthers of them all is Joe Arpaio, which is a clue that birtherism and anti-immigrant sentiment are tied together. So, even if Romney has made a big show of accepting that Obama was born in Hawaii rather than Kenya, when he makes a joke like that, James and Doug’s ears might not hear a dog whistle, but don’t doubt that Latinos do. That dog whistle says a hell of a lot more than all the Spanish Romney/Ryan ads that Sheldon Adelson can buy, and the memory of its sound isn’t going away anytime soon.