Karl Rove

Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, has weighed in on the recent flurry of birther activism (or whatever the hell it is). Unsurprisingly, he thinks they're stupid, and urges everyone in the GOP to encourage the birthers to shut up

I say "unsurprisingly" because, despite his political views, Rove is obviously a pretty smart guy (he got Bush elected twice). From a strategic perspective, allowing a totally baseless rumor to get too high a profile risks making the entire Republican Party look like a bunch of 9/11-was-a-government-plot-style loonies. 

Birthers — the group of people who continue to make the case that Barack Obama was not born in this country — somehow landed back in the spotlight after a recent poll suggested that fifty-one percent of people likely to vote Republican in the next election believe the President was not born in this country.

In what might be considered irony, that statistic inspired me to seek out my closest relation (a Polish grandmother? Dutch great-uncle?) who was not born inside this country, so I can start planning my escape. 

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Commentarium (10 Comments)

Feb 17 11 - 6:54pm
dinosaurs

whenever I hear about birthers I lose faith in the human genome.

but I recall reading a study that said people are always more likely to believe whatever they already do, or whatever they want, _especially_ in the face of mounting evidence for the contrary.

Feb 17 11 - 7:15pm
G Unit

The other half of the GOPers better get on the bandwagon too. United we stand and all that.

Feb 17 11 - 8:21pm
GeeBee

You forgot to put "" around "elected" in the second paragraph.

Feb 17 11 - 8:55pm
Jobbo

It doesn't matter who was born where. What matters is JOBS! What part of that don't the Republicans understand?

Feb 18 11 - 3:30pm
Brainflakes

There may be one job open if it's discovered that somebody lied on their application.

Feb 19 11 - 10:50am
bbilo

I think birthers are too angry to listen to reason. But the job application line is hilarious.

Feb 18 11 - 2:49pm
julian.

Shut the fuck up Bill O'Riley and actually let people finish a sentence for once.

Feb 19 11 - 3:03pm
Seabear70

I gotta ask...

Let's just say that he was in fact born here in the U.S.

Then why is he so desperate to convince people that he wasn't?

Seriously, he could have had a copy of his birth certificate sent ot every household in america for less moneyu than he has spent defending his right to not prove he is an american citizen?

What's up with that?

Feb 20 11 - 11:44pm
politics

You're an idiot.

Feb 19 11 - 3:32pm
John

Who conducted this survey?