RELATED: As promised, here's Adam Serwer tossing out the race card:
Romney is not himself a birther. He was engaging in ironic post-birtherism—showing solidarity with birthers by making a humorous remark that can be plausibly denied as a joke later. This is a necessary device for a Republican politician who wants to rile up the base without seeming like a lunatic, because the belief that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States is still held by nearly half of self-identified Republicans even after the very public release of the president's birth certificate. Birtherism remains the most frank and widespread evidence of racial animus among some of the president's critics. As Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in The Atlantic this month, the birthers, strapped in their waxen wings, aim for nothing less than the sun: "If Obama is not truly American, then America has still never had a black president."And interestingly, it's the smell of fear at No More Mister Nice Blog.
Romney took a knife to the progressives with that birther joke. As I said earlier, it was f-king brilliant. Way to shift the outrage immediately. CNN was playing the clip all day yesterday afternoon. That took up hella lot of airtime. And remember, what's especially good is how Romney's closing the gap on likability, and if he's able to get a zinger in there to rile up the base at the same time, what a bonus. It's a dead heat election at this point. The Dems will try mercilessly to destroy the GOP bounce coming out of Tampa. I mentioned earlier that Tropical Storm Isaac might be an act of God, and maybe so --- it's sucking the wind out of MSM attacks on Republicans on the eve of the convention. Interesting how things work like that. Progressives are such hypocrite hacks. They've been playing "tax return birtherism" for months, but when the shoe's on the other foot it's RAAAAACISM!!
We have a party of idiots to defeat. God, these people are so bad it's unmentionable. Man. At this point it really is about saving the country, sad to say.