I think we’re seeing the inevitable sorting out of the birther movement, with the politically motivated dropping away and the denialists staying the course. That’s natural, of course, for someone who has been 4 years in denial to remain in denial.
Some believed that Obama’s election in 2008 resulted from voters not knowing who they were electing. They denied that the electorate made an informed choice. This time around, Americans knew exactly what kind of job Barack Obama had done as President. In order to maintain the fiction that “the people really don’t want Obama” it is necessary now to deny the election itself, and that’s what we see today over at the Obama Ballot Challenge web site in an article, “Can You Help Us Prove Obama Stole the Election?” Anything to deny the legitimacy of Barack Obama as President of the United States.
OBC is not yet alleging election tampering, but they are starting a research project, and do you notice how they start with the conclusion and then do the research? Perhaps some of the volunteer self-proclaimed forensic document experts can discover that they are also statistical experts. Rather than anomalies in pixels, they can look for anomalies in precinct totals. Who knows?
My career in and around vital records data systems served me in good stead to deal with some of the birther nonsense about birth certificates. Perhaps my degree in math will come in handy if there is a new round of conspiracy theories looking for patterns in the noise of polling data. I’ve opened up a new high-level category: Election Conspiracies.