It looks like, at least in the eyes of its creators, the Fake Kenyan Birth Certificate has been a success beyond their wildest hopes. It has focused the scorn of the national press on the stupidity of the birthers, it has immunized at least part of the public against the next fraudulent document to come out and it tripled traffic here on Obama Conspiracy Theories. It was a very fine hoax because it was good enough to fool some of the people, but also bad enough so that thoughtful people could shoot it full of holes. The errors on it were in gradations of sophistication so as to drag out the agony for a few days.
What if it had been a forgery rather than a hoax, with the intent to fool rather to embarrass? What if the forger were Kenyan and had access to a real Kenyan birth certificate for someone born in 1961 for a model? Say they even found a blank form from the period in the bottom of some government agency filing cabinet, and typed it up on a vintage typewriter, using real official’s names, but of those no longer living. Forgeries of old documents have fooled experts, and even defrauded museums. It would be well within the realm of possibility that a Fake Kenyan Birth Certificate could be created that would defy all but the most sophisticated analysis.
Despite the official record of Obama’s birth in the United States and denials from Kenya that claims Obama was born there are “baseless”, there are people whose judgment would latch onto such a document and never let go. In the end, it is not possible to force someone to believe what they do not want to believe through contrary evidence. It’s a fact that we just have to get used to. The birthers are here to stay.