First, it was the likes of Karl Rove, telling Donald Trump to tone down on the birtherism.
What did he say?
Karl Rove: I Tried To Offer Trump A Way Out Of The Birther Talk
Karl Rove, among the big name conservatives who are openly hostile to Donald Trump's birther-centric sort of-presidential campaign, apparently tried to give Trump a rhetorical way out of his talk about President Obama's birth certificate.
On Fox News on Monday, Rove described how Trump apparently took the advice to heart -- and then immediately ignored it.
It's the latest round of the war of words between Trump and Rove, which kicked off when Rove told Fox that Trump was "joke candidate."
Then there was Michele Bachmann on Good Morning America being cornered on the birther issue, trying to be too cute by half, and George S did his job and cornered her.
Bachmann Gets Cornered On Birtherism: 'Move On, End Of Story' (VIDEO)
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tried to hedge on the matter of birtherism -- using the line used by some Republicans who fall short of fully endorsing the conspiracy theory, while saying that Obama should just release his birth certificate (which he already did three years ago). To which George Stephanopoulos answered: Obama has released his birth certificate -- and here it is.
During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Bachmann about how a prominent supporter of hers in Iowa has introduced a "birther bill" in the state legislature, which would require presidential candidates to supply their birth certificates to the state.
"Well, Governor Jan Brewer just vetoed that bill in Arizona," said Bachman, "because she felt that that was a bridge too far -- that it wouldn't be up to the authenticators in each state to do that, that that would be a federal issue. There is a federal piece of legislation that hasn't gone anywhere that would also require that candidates put forward their birth certificate. I have no problem giving my birth certificate, it wouldn't bother me at all. I've got one, its authenticated, take it."
"Well, but so does the president," Stephanopoulos replied.
"According to the bill a candidate for president or vice president shall attach to and file with the affidavit a copy of the candidate's birth certificate certified by the appropriate official in the candidate's state of birth.'
"That's right," said Bachmann.
"Well I have the president's certificate right here," Stephanopoulos replied. "It's certified, it's got a certification number, it's got the registrar of the state, signed. It's got a seal on it. And it says: 'This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.'"
"Well, then that should settle it," said Bachmann. She added: "That's what should settle it. I take the president at his word and I think -- again I would have no problem and apparently the president wouldn't, either. Introduce that, we're done. Move on, end of story."
But, according to Lawrence O'Donnell, she was back to trying to be too cute by half about the Birther Issue, once she was on Fox Noise later on that day, as discussed in this video.
So, why, if Bachmann is all big and bad, didn't she stick up for the Birthers on ' mainstream' tv?
Because, as the O'Donnell piece said....that birther mess doesn't play well, with the folks who consider themselves SANE in this country.
Simply put, it doesn't play well with INDEPENDENT VOTERS.
But, here's the thing...
After spending 2 years flaming the fans of this idiocy.
Of doing a ' wink wink, nudge nudge' to these folks..
Always doing to hairsplit, or the bullshyt ' I take the President at his word'...
NEVER being willing to call these lunatics out when given the chance in ' mainstream' press...
ALWAYS HEDGING around condemning them for what they are...
SUDDENLY, it's a Presidential Election Year, and you can't win elections with 'just the base'. You win elections with Independents....and they think this shyt is CRAZY.
But, NOW....they're tying to shove the Birthers into the basement...trying to say that it's just a 'fringe group'.
Not according to the polls.
Poll: Nearly Half Of Republicans Think Obama Wasn't Born In U.S.
The belief that President Obama was not born in America may seem like a fringe issue, but within the Republican party, the view is fairly mainstream.
In a New York Times/CBS poll released on Thursday, a 45% plurality of Republican adults said they believe Obama was not born in the U.S. Additionally, 33% said Obama was born in America, while 22% said they weren't sure.
That result is on par with a February PPP poll in which 51% of Republican voters thought Obama wasn't born in the U.S., while 28% said he was.
Since when is 45%, 51%...or the recent poll that showed 48% of Iowa Republicans were Births...
' SMALL NUMBERS'
Out of 100?
The core of the Republican Party chooses to believe in the farce that the President wasn't born in the United States.
Now, you know I don't believe that these folks actually believe this nonsense.
They want to say....
I can't believe this NIGGER was elected President of the United States..
But, if they do, they will be seen in the same light as the woman who sent the monkey email this week.
That's what they want to say...
So, they hide behind the FRAUD that is the Birther issue. And, the 'ESTABLISHMENT' GOP, which had done nothing to discourage it from November 5, 20008 until now....sees that they look like they are being run by lunatics...and want to put a polite face on it, by trying to shove it under the carpet. You had the likes of Ann Coulter talking about ' of course, the President was born here'. They're trying to deflect what they have fomented, and I say HELL NO to them being able to disentangle themselves from the Birthers..
to the CORE.
What worries the GOP in this election year?
Independents like this that I found on another site:
You were writing of how insidious the birther problem is for the Republicans, crawling and taking root across their membership like kudzu, in their attempts to deny legitimacy to Barack Obama. And all it's done for me (and I'd venture a good percentage of all Independents) is to deny legitimacy to the Republican party.
They played with this. They indulged it. They poured resources into the tawdry pols who would smile upon it, or insinuate it when they weren't downright trumpeting it from their podiums and microphones. They chose to do this and then realized that they might have a little problem with this parasitic thing that they seeded.
And it's their problem. To vote for them would make it mine. No thank you.
There is no policy idea or politician they can shine up that would appeal to me at this point, because they have taken their party right into the dirt with this birther business. Those who didn't participate also didn't make efforts to put a stop to it. Those would divest themselves of responsibility now are the worst culprits of all. If you dabble with racism - then you are a racist.
And last time I checked? You don't win elections without Independents. This Independent is done with them. You might as well ask me to vote for the Klan.
The GOP must live with the Crazy Uncle.