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Friday, February 18, 2011

The Americanization of Obama

Karl Rove has a new mission--to prove the President is a natural-born citizen.

Alarmed by a survey showing 51 percent of Republican primary voters do not believe Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and another 21 percent "not sure," Bush's former Brain warns, “Within our party, we’ve got to be very careful about allowing these people who are the Birthers and the 9/11-deniers to get too high a profile and say too much without setting the record straight.”

Translation: The flat-earth faction, if not denounced but at least distanced, might spook independent voters.

Rove's message is meant for GOP leaders and 2012 aspirants who can't quite get themselves to unhug the Birthers. "The state of Hawaii has said that President Obama was born there," John Boehner now says. "That's good enough for me." But he adds that Congress is "the melting pot of America. It's not up to me to tell them what to think."

Actually, as Speaker of the House, he hasn't been shy about doing just that, but it can't be easy to rein in such as Michelle Bachmann who refuses to acknowledge that President is a citizen or a Christian. "That's not for me to state," she says with uncharacteristic open-mindedness.

But Sarah Palin has taken some baby steps toward Rove's advice. “The faith, the birth certificate," she said yesterday, "others can engage in that kind of conversation. It’s distracting. It gets annoying. And let’s just stick with what really matters."

There may be a message in all this for Mitt Romney, now the Republican front-runner but who, with all his Zelig-like flexibility, could nonetheless still turn out to be too liberal for the Birthers.

When they delve into his past, they'll find he spent his formative years in France (Holy Freedom Fries!) and was in a near-fatal accident that resulted in the police there stamping "He is dead" on his passport.

If Obama is having so much trouble persuading the Birthers about where he was born, can Romney prove to them that he is still alive?


Harley King said...

Love the punch line.

Anonymous said...

Birthers=Bigots. Pure and simple.