Obama Releases Long-Form Birth Certificate
Nothing to see here—nothing significant that wasn’t on the COLB that was released long ago. But it is the nature of such things that many people who staked so much on things not turning out this way will not change their world views overnight. When people declare that the world is coming to an end on May 4, 2010, and then it doesn’t, they typically do not say “wow, I guess I was wrong.” Instead, they are prone to revise. “Oops,” they say. “I forgot to carry the two. The world is actually ending on May 4, 2012.”
So expect to see the issue die down a fair amount, but for the truly hard-core birthers (and there are plenty of them) to continue on. They will claim that this document is fraudulent, photoshopped, etc. They will move on to other aspects of their story (say, that President Obama lost his citizenship when he lived in Indonesia). To understand all of this—why intelligent people buy in to such theories, you should check out my friend Jonathan Kay’s new book, Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground. It examines all of this, with regard to Truthers, Birthers, and such.