OK, except in some really right-wing-nut-job states, it’s not cool to be a Republican birther. Establishment Republicans think (rightly so in my view) that birthers discredit any group they are associated with. Further Republicans say (with some accuracy) that liberals are ready to jump on anyone they can smear with the “birther” label. Republican leaders (such as the current presidential nominee apparent) are very sensitive to this issue, ready to dissociate themselves from birthers to and to reject the label (no matter how well the shoe fits many Republicans).
Now two conservative pundits have come up with a scheme to turn birther pariah status to their advantage. They’ve called Barack Obama every other nasty name in the book, why not call him a birther? They are not saying Barack Obama was born in Kenya, but that Obama pretended to be born in Kenya to get preferential treatment in college as a foreign student, ignoring the fact that Obama graduated from a US high school, was a US Citizen with a Connecticut social-security number and as such would never be considered a foreign student no matter where he was born. Wacky as it is, Rush Limbaugh and Mike Huckabee have signed on.