Birther of a Nation: Poll Finds Less Than Half of Republicans Think Obama Was Born in U.S.
While overt birtherism remains a vital force in what's left of the GOP coalition, the current style among the conservative intellectuals of the blogosphere is to proclaim oneself solidly anti-birther -- then demand Obama release his real birth certificate, not the one Hawaii keeps trying to fob off on us. Confederate Yankee, for example, says "I truly believe that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii," but as "the controversy -- for reasons I simply cannot fathom -- has expanded to alarming proportions," he finds it incumbent upon Obama to squelch this unfathomable controversy by releasing the One True BC. His commenters get the message ("This is why so many illegals cross the border to have the baby in the US.").
Meanwhile even National Review has given Andrew McCarthy space to play out his own not-that-I-believe-it-but-questions-remain scenario. Bottom line: in the days to come you can expect a lot of simultaneous denunciation and propagation of the birther story -- sometimes in the same place.