A new poll released this morning shows just how pervasive those crazy birther conspiracy theories have become among certain circles:
Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America or not?
No/Not Sure: 23%
23%? That seems pretty high–let’s break it down. Among Democrats:
No/Not Sure: 7%
Alright, that seems pretty definitive. What about among Independents?
No/Not Sure: 17%
Once again, pretty definitive. Republicans?
No/Not Sure: 58%
Whoa, hold on, stop the presses. 58% of Republicans either think Barack Obama wasn‘t born in the United States or aren’t sure ? Are you kidding me?
That’s right–birtherism, in some form or another, is a majority opinion among Republicans. And at 58-42, it’s not even close–if this were an election, it would be a landslide.
So here’s the logical conclusion you can draw from all this: birthers are fringe, most Republicans are birthers, therefore most Republicans are fringe.
I guess having Barack Obama in the White House really has brought out the nascent craziness on the right.
UPDATE: Below the fold…
In case anyone forgot, here’s Obama’s birth certificate [click for larger]:
And here’s his birth announcement, published in the August 13, 1961 edition of The Honolulu Advertiser [click for larger]:
Also, birthers should read up on derivative citizenship laws:
Birth Abroad to One Citizen and One Alien Parent in Wedlock: A child born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent acquires U.S. citizenship at birth under Section 301(g) INA provided the citizen parent was physically present in the U.S. for the time period required by the law applicable at the time of the child’s birth. (For birth on or after November 14, 1986, a period of five years physical presence, two after the age of fourteen is required. For birth between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, a period of ten years, five after the age of fourteen are required for physical presence in the U.S. to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child.
Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was an American citizen who resided in the United States her entire life through her son’s birth.
In other words, even if the crazy, decades-long, globe-spanning conspiracy was true and Obama was born in Kenya, he still would have been born a citizen of the United States and therefore still would be eligible to be President.
You know that, I know that, but–apparently–58% of the GOP doesn’t know that.