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Everyone's pointing to this morsel from today's New York Times piece about the GOP presidential field and its voters:

A plurality of Republican voters, 47 percent, said they believed Mr. Obama, who was born in Hawaii, was born in another country; 22 percent said they did not know where he was born, and 32 percent said they believed he was born in the United States.

But I think it's long past time we stopped acting surprised or baffled or aghast. I'm far from the first one to share this reading, but I think the people who "believe" the President was born outside the United States are just simply using that shibboleth to register their dissatisfaction with having an Other as Commander-in-Chief. Most of them don't feel comfortable running around yelling "He can't be President -- he's black!" so they simply substitute muslim or foreign-born. And that's why they find Obama's nefariousness to be so self-evident; and the refusal from the rest of us to look at them with anything but derisive grins and muted horror so enraging. They know without knowing that he's up to something, because they only need to look skin deep.

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  •  Agreed. I'm skeptical as to how many (2+ / 0-)
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    blueness, jan4insight

    of them believe he wasn't born in the US, and how many just like to assert that he wasn't born in the US.

    Sarah Palin is just an anagram for Sharia Plan

    by second gen on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 02:53:24 PM PDT

  •  pronouncing (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, soothsayer99

    Obama not a citizen not only Otherizes him, it renders him completely illegitimate. The line that runs through teabaggery, the rightbent intertubes, and the fringy winger talk-radio circuit is that everything Obama has done since he came into office does not have the force of law, because, not being an American citizen, he holds office illegitimately. This surfaces in mainstream GOoPery and Limbaugh-land in such policy positions as the persistent demand that federal spending be rolled back to 2008 levels—that is, to that time just prior to the black man entering the White House. Even supposedly sane GOoPers like Newt Gingrich have explicitly asserted that Obama "is not like us," but rather the willing captive of foreign ideology who is deliberately wreaking havoc in order to destroy America as we know it. Increasingly Obama is referred to by folks like Limbaugh & Hannity & Savage & such as a tyrant. All of their people know what is permissible against illegitimate tyrants wreaking havoc. It is no accident that the man who has most forcefully and incessantly pressed the issue of Obama's illegitimacy is the current favorite of GOoPers expressing a preference for a 2012 presidential candidate. The election of Barack Obama did not change the fact that this country is recurrently dominated by ignorant, violent racists and xenophobes.  

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