I had begun laying out this article in my head when I saw a comment by Rickey:
I kind of miss the old days, when I would check out Jack Ryan’s page at Scribd and there would be new material on a near-daily basis. I just checked and the last thing he posted was the defendant’s response in Taitz v. Colvin nine days ago.
Comrade Fogovich (Foggy) and I were discussing this on Tuesday’s Reality Check Radio show, that not much was really going on with the birthers nowadays. He says that he thinks that there are now more active anti-birthers online now than birthers. May be. That’s hard for me to judge from myself-imposed exile, but it does rather seem to me that the birther movement is terminally ill and on life support. I do not mean that soon there will be no birthers, only that birther activism will drop below the noise level on the Internet.
I wrote prematurely in 2011 of the demise of the birther movement under my alter ego, Obot1. What I did not anticipate in that article was the Cold Case Posse, a quasi-law enforcementish political smear labeled “an investigation” that generated loads of publicity inside the birther bunker and gave them hope (albeit an obviously false hope). The CCP today isn’t even trying to do anything except get Paypal donations, not that any such effort ever had a chance. Team Arpaio was defeated 7-0 by Team Xerox. Orly Taitz isn’t even good for a laugh any more.
The other thing keeping birthers birthing online is the case before the Alabama Supreme Court (MacInnish v. Chapman), a case universally misunderstood by birthers, and which wouldn’t do them any good even if they won it. Its demise will, I hope, teach them the futility of the “one good judge” gambit.
Besides those, there are the brain dead reflexive responses of “false flag” and the repetition of court-rejected arguments about what “natural born citizen” means from the likes of Farrar and Noonan.
There are zombie undead lawsuits still lumbering around the courts eating brains, but it’s hard to get excited about them. Once the Cold Case Posse shoots its wad with the 2nd flop Zullo book with the Hayes Report, it will be all over except the shouting. It’s a pretty dark and gloomy picture for birthers and anti-birthers alike (maybe the cold and the rain here are getting to me).