What to Make of Mitt Romney's Birther Joke?

(Multimedia) Romney is not himself a birther. He was engaging in ironic post-birtherism—showing solidarity with birthers by making a humorous remark that can be plausibly denied as a joke later. This is a necessary device for a Republican politician who wants to rile up the base without seeming like a lunatic, because the belief that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States is still held by nearly half of self-identified Republicans even after the ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Pamela Hogle - Aug 24, 2012 - 11:50 PM PDT
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Edited by: Pamela Hogle - Aug 26, 2012 - 9:09 AM PDT

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