Obviously, if you think nothing’s wrong with them, this isn’t a productive thread for you, but if you think (like every other sane person on this planet) that however evil or socialist Obama may be, he’s a homegrown American evil socialist, then what do you think is going on with the birthers? I could make a poll, but I would probably miss some of the options because it’s just so weird to me.
Obviously, I think (by the word “sane” above) that they’ve simply got a screw loose, more specifically that this is some manifestation of Hofstadter’s paranoid strain in American politics gone mainstream. But some other possibilities are they’re channeling their deep-down racism into this birther nonsense because of the utter unacceptability of racist rhetoric, or that they actually don’t believe a word of it, they’re just trolling IRL to get the libs worked up defending what everyone really knows to be true, or they’re very stupid, simple souls who’ve bought into the wrong team and have no sense of what a fake argument looks like, or that they’re being manipulated by their overlords (Beck, Limbaugh, etc.) in some kind of ratings scam–or you tell me what you think the explanation is.