The photo (right) is of me next to the iconic statue of Rodin’s “The Thinker” at the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. I posed for the picture with the title of this article in mind, but without a clear idea of when it would appear and what the article would actually say—that answer came last night as I was listening to the Reality Check Radio program when RC noted that there wasn’t much going on with the birthers these last two weeks. The birther movement has no successes to show, and some of the birthers still pushing forward are backing the craziest of the theories, and gaining no traction, even among other birthers.
For those who perhaps didn’t see it, I’ll repeat the pony story from last year:
There is a story about a little girl who was an optimist. The girl wanted a pony for Christmas and was confident she would get one. Her parents, thinking her optimism was so extreme as to be unhealthy, decided to cure her. On Christmas morning the little girl went outside to find a huge pile of manure with a bow on it. The girl grabbed a shovel and started digging frantically. When asked what she was doing, she replied: “with all this manure, there’s sure to be a pony here somewhere.”
You really have to give some of the birthers credit for optimism, having dug in the manure pile saying “any day now” for 5 years. How many times has Mike Zullo promised to produce the real evidence from his investigation? Remember Jerome Corsi’s “mole” in the Hawaii Department of Health? Remember Donald Trump’s investigators finding unbelievable things? How many lawsuits have been “the one?”
Today the birther’s irrational hope is the Alabama Supreme Court. That Court already rejected McInnish’s first case unanimously. Has he somehow magically obtained standing now? Roy Moore or not, this case will go down the tubes just like all the rest, but it’s the birther pony hope du jour.
So, is blogging about birthers as pointless as the birthers themselves? Certainly any effort geared at “curing” the birthers is pointless. That’s a hope I don’t think I ever had from the beginning of the blog. What I think is not pointless is documenting for posterity this curious appendix to the presidency of Barack Obama, and that’s why I take some extra effort to make the blog a useful research tool. Some have suggested that I write a book. I already did, and you’re reading it. It’s an interactive media project, and I’m glad you’re a part of it.