In an email Wednesday (December 7, 2011), crusading anti-Obama attorney Philip J. Berg proves that there are differences among birthers. In a lengthy treatise on social-security numbers, Phil Berg firmly rejects claims that Obama is using a fraudulent SSN and adds:
False information regarding the eligibility of Obama makes the question into the lack of Constitutional eligibility of Obama serving as our President a laughing stock.
Berg is known for bringing the first notable eligibility lawsuit against Barack Obama. That case contains many of the conspiracy theories and rumors related to claims that Obama was born in Kenya, and/or lost US citizenship while he resided in Indonesia. Berg contributed considerable false information himself, and served to set up birthers as objects of derision early on. Berg, however, does not agree with the fraudulent social-security number theories of Orly Taitz, nor does he have any sympathy for the crank legal theory of a “two-citizen-parent” requirement for presidential eligibility propounded by Leo Donofrio and Mario Apuzzo.
It is not readily apparent why someone reject one impossible theory but buy into another one equally outlandish, but it happens. (Birther attorney Gary Kreep also rejects the “two-citizen” theory, and Leo Donofrio rejects a Kenyan birth.)
You can read Berg’s press release on the ObamaCrimes web site. The article contains some correct information on SSNs and then follows with arguments in favor of other crank claims, perhaps material for future articles here.