Conservative leaders and pundits are suddenly teeming to address the elephant in the room, the Birthers. For months, there was scant Media coverage of the Obama denialist phenomenon, save bits in the Washinton Independent and the papers in Chicago and Honolulu. Now there are major articles almost every day. (For samples of the stories, see the Obama Conspiracy Theories Media page.)
From the liberal side the articles ridicule the birther movement. Conservatives not only ridicule the birther movement, but they say that the birthers are hurting the Republican party. It’s not only the birthers that are hurting the Republicans. The Conservative fringe has driven out moderates and literate folk, leaving not much more than stupid old southern white guys (according to the Daily KOS birther poll). Republicans in the last election, by running the likes of Sarah Palin (fundamentalist, unqualified) and stooping to the worst kinds of propaganda and mud slinging, already set the tone for the fringe ascendency: the Birthers, the Tea Parties and the Citizen Grand Juries. This is what happens when Rush Limbaugh becomes leader.