It’s encouraging to see the consistent rejection of birtherism by responsible journalists, such as this recent article from the Wausau (WI) Daily Herald:
Independent candidate for the 7th Congressional District Gary Kauther got some publicity this week when he toured the district on his tractor. In a recent interview with the Daily Herald’s Editorial Board, he also confirmed that he considers himself a “birther” — someone who doubts, against all evidence, that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
He’s totally wrong, of course. Obama’s birth certificate has been made public and verified by the state of Hawaii.
People who hold ridiculous, easily falsifiable beliefs based on conspiracy thinking do not belong in government, and Kauther does not deserve to be taken seriously. The same standard applies to birthers, Holocaust deniers and “9/11 truthers,” who believe the U.S. government staged the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Kauther’s birther views are disqualifying.
It may be wishful thinking, but I hope that after they have had the opportunity to vent their anxiety over the economy, folks will make sensible choices at the polls next week. Democrats will lose some seats, as is always the case in mid-term elections, but perhaps not as many as thought. This is in line with a recent jump in popularity for President Obama as reported in a Newsweek poll.