I have watched this stupid birth certificate controversy, watched even Republican citizens who I otherwise respect get sucked into at least a casual skepticism: why doesn't Obama just release his original birth certificate, instead of the legal short form that Hawaii always provides? Why, indeed, does the President of the United States of America not drop everything he is doing to dance around like a puppet for a band of fanatical, racist lunatics? Surely, he has nothing more important to do, nor would it be beneath the dignity of even a private citizen, much less the highest office of the nation.
Now, with the whole matter having reached a frothing pitch in the echo chamber of the Right, fanned by the complicity of an entire opportunist Party, the Presidency gets bent to the will of idiots and madmen. So, how does the RNC Chairman respond?
In a statement after Obama spoke, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the issue a distraction — and yet blamed Obama for playing campaign politics by addressing it.The Republican Party is a party of children. The United States is facing some very serious problems, and some of the correct answers are conservative answers, but nothing good will happen while children have a prominent place at the helm. The country needs adults.
"The president ought to spend his time getting serious about repairing our economy," Priebus said. "Unfortunately his campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our number one priority — our economy."
* Not in itself always problematic, since half of my views are right-leaning, but I think the Democratic Party too often has shifted to the right in precisely the wrong ways, and I certainly do not respect a party that takes its own base so much for granted that it feels free to betray it willy-nilly (actually something that can be said about the Republican Party, too, come to think of it).
Update: And the stupidity continues.