Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Other "Birthers"

While the ridiculous debate over Obama's birth certificate has reached absurd and, for those pushing the case, destructive proportions, I feel compelled to point out that it wasn't too long ago when Obama supporters like Andrew Sullivan were promoting a different "birther" issue. Namely, the rumor that Trig Palin, Sarah Palin's Down's Syndrome baby, was really the child of her daughter Bristol.

Their tone, as demonstrated in Sullivan's post from December 2008, in demanding to see Trig's birth certificate (and medical records) simply for the sake at arriving at some objective truth was presented with the same smarmy disingenuousness as the Obama "birthers."
...Neither Patrick [Appel] nor I have baldly asserted something we cannot know for sure: that Trig Palin is Sarah Palin's biological son. Our difference has merely been that he assumes that the Alaska governor is telling the truth and sees all the circumstantial evidence as very compelling backing for her maternity (as has almost everyone else in the MSM). For my part, I have always clearly conceded that that is perfectly possible, but that the bizarre chronology and facts in the public record raise enough questions that a simple piece of easily produced evidence should have been produced to end the issue at once. The facts of the case and the refusal to defuse it was enough to prevent me from assuming that she was the mother. I know that made and makes me look like a total douche in some people's eyes, but I figure that journalists who are afraid of looking like douches for doing their job should pick another line of work.
Now that Sullivan has joined the chorus of those deriding the goofy "birther" movement, I'd only remind him that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.


Cris43130 said...

Beware of weapons of mass distraction, teapot tempests that are allowed to brew while real harm is done by those who could have settled the matter in a minute but chose not to.

Paul said...

In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away their rights) and that’s who they need to focus on if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

In the same vein, to all the birthers in La, La Land, it is on you to prove to all of us that your assertion is true, if there are people who were there and support your position then show us the video (everyone has a price), either put up or frankly shut-up. I heard Orly Taitz, is selling a tape (I think it’s called “Money, Lies and Video tape”). She is from Orange County, CA, now I know what the mean when they say “behind the Orange Curtain”, when they talk about Orange County, the captial of Conspiracy Theories. You know Obama has a passport, he travel abroad before he was a Senator, but I guess he fooled them too?

Dan Coyle said...

I thought Sully Joe was still banging on about this, like he still bangs on that Matthew Shepard was murdered for drug money. It's not remotely true, but it backs up his point, so he's gotta BELIEVE!

Matt Maul said...

Hey Dan...I've been a loyal Sullivan reader for eight or nine years and still do read him. But since he became disenchanted with the Bush, he's been all over the map in his zeal to slam all things Republican.

I can certainly understand anger at Bush for his fiscal policy (or lack of one) and Iraq. But Sullivan seems to mostly ignore and/or apologize for the haste with which the Obama admin wants to pass a $2-3 trillion overhall of the healthcare system rather than fix what doesn't work with the current one. That a "fiscal conservative" like Sullivan has yet to voice any real concerns is curiously a dog that didn't bark.