Birthers of a Nation

The rise in media attention to the “birther” conspiracy theory has come after more than a year of online conspiracy-mongering. YouTube has been a good place to watch it develop, as amateur pundits and document analysts took to their webcams to rant about the president and what he was hiding from Americans. Here’s a quick look at the most active Obama “birthers” on the site.

LoneStar1776, who seems awfully sad that people keep dismissing his concerns, but who thanks “Lou Dobbs bringing it up in mainstream media.”

CoyoteBrains, who says “some smart people” are asking for the birth certificate, and who really likes the Blues Brothers.

MarkTruePatriotWest, who tells Obama and Robert Gibbs to “buck up, show us the proof.”

ObamaBirther, who closely watches the AP wire.

JoeGully. who seems to believe that Obama’s executive orders have locked away his birth certificate.

Studtrain510250, who really buys into the “Obama’s grandmother says he was born in Africa” myth. “He could be a great president of Kenya!”

Bill Kristol: A Play in Three Acts

Act One: September 25, 2008

This year, for the first time in U.S. history, both major party nominees for president are sitting senators. The winner may be the one who can convince some portion of the electorate that he’s less “senatorial,” and more “presidential,” than the other.

That’s why McCain’s action Wednesday–announcing he would come back to Washington to try to broker a deal to save our financial system–could prove so important. The rescue package that was so poorly crafted and defended by the Bush administration seemed to be sliding toward defeat. The presidential candidates were on the sidelines, carping and opining and commenting. But one of them, John McCain, intervened suddenly and boldly, taking a risk in order to change the situation, and to rearrange the landscape.

Act Two: November 4, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

Act Three: July 3, 2009

If Palin wants to run in 2012, why not do exactly what she announced today? It’s an enormous gamble – but it could be a shrewd one.