Who is pushing the story of "birthers"? In the New York Post, The
New Republic's Jamie Kirchik makes the case
that bloggers on the left, not the right, are far more aggressive in doing so. Why? To avoid losing more important debates on policy, he says:
Far from seeing these charges as any sort of real threat to Obama's
legitimacy, liberals report every outburst of the birther brigades with
glee - because they derive maximum political benefit from stirring up
the story as long as possible. Why debate the intricacies of a massive
overhaul of the nation's health care system when you can conflate
principled conservative critics of the program with a bunch of nutty
That thesis drew a flurry of reactions, including these.
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