On Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough hammered the birthers. Scarborough said, “Instead of trying to figure out what’s happening to their country, the terrible things that are happening economically to their country, they embrace conspiracy theories, and they make themselves look like cartoon characters.”
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
Scarborough said, “I mean we’ve seen the birth certificate. Here is what I don’t understand about these conspiracy theorists. A birth certificate has been shown. That’s not enough. This is not enough for people, nor is enough for these people who should actually be focusing on policies, focusing on the fact that Washington is stealing their money, their children’s money, and their grandchildren’s money.”
He continued, “It also is not enough for these people that the Honolulu newspaper… the Honolulu Advertiser on the day Barack Obama was born 47 years ago had a birth announcement for Barack Hussein Obama. Now that is not enough for these people. They would rather be like sea lions barking at waves. Instead of trying to figure out what’s happening to their country, the terrible things that are happening economically to their country, they embrace conspiracy theories, and they make themselves look like cartoon characters…Again it is like the 9/11conspiracy theorists. There is nothing you can do.”
I think the Castle incident was the moment that the birthers were exposed to the mainstream, and that is why there is such a large pushback to debunk their conspiracy theories. The birthers have been around on the Internet for a long time, but since the mainstream media pays no attention to the Net, they had no idea just how widespread the birthers had become within the GOP.
Joe Scarborough realizes that the birthers make the Republican Party look insane. If these conspiracy theorists define the GOP to voters at large, the Republicans will have an even bigger problem than they do now. I think you are going to see more Republicans coming out an acknowledging Obama’s citizenship, because they realize that they have to get rid of these birthers.