Politico.com has a new article tracing the origins of the birther movement, Birtherism: Where it all began. Here’s where they put the blame:
The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008. At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama.
What follows is a history of the birther movement that I found entertaining. I don’t think there is anything in the article you couldn’t find SOMEWHERE among the 1,200 articles on this site, but Politico has better writing, and lays it all out nicely.
In every major debunking of birther myths, there is always “the mistake”, and Politico doesn’t break the streak by including this zinger:
The website World Net Daily, for instance, has written that “Hawaii at the time of Obama’s birth allowed births that took place in foreign countries to be registered in Hawaii.” This is true,…
That is not true. At the time of Obama’s birth, the law allowing foreign registrations was still two decades in the future, the law not passed until 1982. But you knew that.
I did a two-part series on the origins of the birthers, in 2009 and also discussed the important role of Phil Berg in the rise of birtherism in 2010:
- Where did “Born in Africa” Start? (Part 1)
- Where did “Born in Africa” Start? (Part 2)
- We all came out of Berg’s suit
Let me drop a tantalizing hint that there may be more to come from another researcher into the origins of the Birthers. That’s a story for another blog.
Note that the article should be “Whence Birthers?”, bit “whither” sounded better.