Harry Potter fans will remember from the first book in the series where Vernon Dursley asks why Sunday is his favorite day of the week, and Harry Potter correctly answers “no post on Sundays,” in reference to the fact that all of the other days brought unwanted letters from Hogwarts.
This morning I went to my email inbox this morning to check the day’s birther news alerts from Google and there weren’t any. This may well be the first time in a year that there hasn’t been even a hint of a birther. Despite the fiction promoted by birthers that the mainstream media ignored the issue, the fact is that birthers were a daily subject for newspapers and news web sites and have been for years. Birthers aren’t taken seriously by newspapers, and rightly so, but they are not ignored—or at least they weren’t.
Now that the election is over there is no chance for the birthers to have any real influence on anything, and so they are no longer news. At least that’s what my confirmation bias leads me to conclude from one data point this morning.