I suspect many Republicans who continue to subscribe to the birther lunacy do so because it bothers liberals and because it’s an act of symbolic defiance of a president they dislike. The problem with birtherism, however, is that the underlying assumptions driving it have always been broader than the president. Birtherism is more than just a conspiracy theory about the president’s birth. Its underlying principle is a rejection of American racial pluralism. The refusal to believe—in the face of all evidence to the contrary—that Obama is an American reads to many as a rejection of the idea that black people really count as American, unless they talk like Herman Cain or Allen West…
"In those years…when they wrote race, they were writing ‘Negro’ not ‘African.’ In those days nobody wrote African as a race, it just wasn’t one of the options. It sounds like it would be written today, in the age of political correctness, and not in 1961 when they wrote white or Asian or ‘Negro’."
— Queen of the birthers Orly Taitz reads Obama’s longform birth certificate…and leaves the crazy door wide open.
President Obama released his birth certificate this morning. The birthers remained unconvinced. If you’re wondering how that could possibly be, we recommend you read Chris Mooney’s article about the science of why we don’t believe science.