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Battling the birthers in Georgia

Via Jason Pye, I see that Loren Collins (author of the Barackryphal blog) is going directly after the Georgia legislators who have either tacitly or directly indulged conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's birth. Collins compares their folly to that of former representative Cynthia McKinney, whose career never quite recovered (she won a comeback bid in 2006, but lost in 2008 again) after some ill-advised 2002 musings about 9/11. It's not fair to compare the two issues directly -- "birtherism" had hardly been the career poison that "trutherism" was, and is -- but it's a strong argument for Republicans who hate to think of themselves in the same space as McKinney.

While we're on the subject, Marc Ambinder compares the ultra-mega-flimsy National Enquirer report on Vera Baker to birtherism -- a fair comparison, I'd say, given the sudden change in tone and subject in the angry calls I get, and the angry comments that appear on political sites. In its way, though, wouldn't a move from "Obama's not even American" to "Obama is a lech" be a sign of evolution?

By David Weigel  |  May 3, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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