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Ed Driscoll

Birthermania!

December 29th, 2010 - 11:33 am

Kyle Ann-Shiver has written what seems like a pretty sane piece on Obama’s birth-certificate, the MacGuffin of 21st century politics. As she writes, she believes that the president was born in Hawaii, but what gives with both the state’s incoming governor, and Chris Matthews, the tinglemeister himself, suddenly raising this issue?

Am I the only curious cat in America who thinks it rather odd that the newly elected governor of Hawaii — a liberal Democrat — has just forced the “Birther” issue to rise again?

Not only has Hawaii’s governor-elect, Neil Abercrombie, just announced that he is on a mission to bury the “Birther” issue,  but Chris “Obama-sends-a-tingle-up-my-leg” Matthews now wants to know why President Obama doesn’t release the darned document and put this relentlessly pursuing ghost to rest once and for all.

If Abercrombie and Matthews were utterly desperate Republican operatives, hog-tied to a sinking political ship, I might understand the newly reincarnated brouhaha.   But both these men are as-liberal-as-liberal-gets Democrats. And Republicans, at this juncture, are anything but desperate.  They are set to begin the 112th Congress with the clout of a mid-term election landslide not seen since 1938.

So, what on earth would motivate a governor-elect with more real problems than any sane man would want on his plate to go fiddling around in an issue, which for all intents and purposes, is as dead as a doornail?

It simply makes no sense in the real world, where real unemployment still hovers at double-digits, where the president is about to face a real hostile Congress and in an atmosphere where the season’s holly- jolly spirit is about to melt faster than snow on the ground in Atlanta.

If you ask me, this folderol of reincarnating the “Birther” issue by two prominent liberal Democrats just smacks of orchestrated political psy-ops. Hoping to get a prominent and public rise out of Republicans and/or conservative pundits, these two utterly loyal-to-the-president guys — Abercrombie and Matthews — are simply creating a diversion in the hopes that their party can regain some of the traction it’s lost over the past 2 years.

Now, I’ve never fit the standard, press-defined definition of a “Birther.”  I do believe that the president was born in Hawaii.  I’ve written only one column on the “Birther” controversy and that was back in August 2009.  As I opined back then, the whole controversy has legs because of the complete dearth of documentation regarding this president.  No presidential candidate of the past 30 years has been permitted the level of secrecy and non-disclosure that President Obama received.

To date the following are all undisclosed:

Click over for the full list.

Related: Focusing on the key policy details that impact the nation, “The White House is taking extra steps to prevent photos of a shirtless President Obama on vacation in Hawaii.”

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