Posted by Curt on 4 December, 2009 at 12:29 pm. 29 comments already!

The left and the more liberal conservatives amongst us, such as Rick Moran, are saying that Sarah Palin’s statement on the Obama birth certificate is giving legitimacy to the birthers.

“Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?” she was asked (around 9 minutes into the video above).

“I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think that members of the electorate still want answers,” she replied.

“Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?” Humphries persisted.

“I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records — all of that is fair game,” Palin said. “The McCain-Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area.”

She followed up on Facebook:

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.

And I, myself, have tried to keep the birther argument off of Flopping Aces because I believe it does the conservative cause no good. But the argument she is making is right on target. There ARE many people who want an answer to this question. Something Obama could do very quickly if he wished. She follows this up with:

Palin suggested that the questions were fair play because of “the weird conspiracy theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son — ‘You need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,’ which we have done.”

The left went crazy over the Trig conspiracy and Sarah answered the critics, producing the proof. Obama didn’t. So the electorate wants answers and they deserve it….that’s her argument. Ace argues that there is hypocrisy going on here by her critics:


Here is my problem with beating up on Palin for this: A lot of the people who will beat up on her are the same sort of people who say the Republican Party needs to be open to moderates, and toss moderates a rhetorical bone here and there, and stuff like that.

Which I agree with, actually.

But the deeper point they are making is that politics is not about Simon Pure purity on questions. They are advancing the idea that politics is about coalition-building, doing what is necessary to attract 51% to your flag, and that those they consider too hardcore about conservative principles are doing the party a disservice by elevating philosophical integrity and ideological coherence above the vagueries and punts often necessary to negotiate a rough consensus.

Which, again, I agree with.

So what did Palin do? Well, what she did here was toss a rhetorical bone to the 25-30% of the country which is very much interested in this birth certificate question, while not nearly embracing the theory itself. She offered, in other words, a sort of vague stab at consensus — let’s agree that these questions are fair game and punt on the more divisive question of whether the theory has any merit — which is what what people like David Frum are always urging when it comes to appeasing moderates.

Well, look: The exact same principle applies to both moderates and conservatives. If we’re supposed to overlook the frequent leftward deviations of, say, Lindsey Graham, as necessary (it is asserted) for winning an election and building a coalition, can it really be honestly contended that we must suddenly become Simon Pure on other issues?

Because that’s what I think is animating this. There is a desire by some that Sarah Palin firmly reject the birth certificate theory — and not just the theory, but deem all inquiries or suspicions as de facto illegitimate — and thus demonstrate her philosophical integrity and ideological coherence.

Hey, she’s a politician. She’s supposed to avoid making strong statements that alienate one wing of the party or the other. Guys like David Frum make their rent by beating up on other Republicans for not being open to a bit of ideological fudging and philosophical slack on some issues.

But now we’re going to demand that everyone in the party adhere strongly to one side of this issue?

You mean: There’s a litmus test for Republicans now? Really? Gee, every time I hear about litmus tests people like Frum freak out about an attempt to “purge” the party. But now we’re suddenly in favor of them?

Convenient, isn’t it, that some will resist litmus tests except when they stumble across a litmus test that’s personally important to themselves.

Ace ends with a sentiment a lot of us could agree with:

Am I morally outraged? Intellectually outraged? Well, let me see: the left has given soft-to-middling support for the theory that George W. Bush and his cabal of Ruthless Jews bombed the United States of America for either an oil pipeline in the Caspian or to give Israel the room to murder Palestinians. The media now routinely “vets” private citizens for voicing an opinion contrary to Obama’s. Sarah Palin was savaged by a bloodthirsty liberal media, which did not mind at all that one conspiracy theory — Trig Trutherism — persisted in many salons on the left.

In other words: No. No outrage here. Sorry, fellers, I’m all tapped out.

But that’s not going to stop those with Palin Derangement Syndrome from expressing their utter outrage that she even utters the word “birth certificate.” How dare she say if the electorate want him to produce a birth certificate then he should. What does she think he is? A politician answerable to the American people?

Puhlease…..he’s Obama. He answers to no one.

Hell, he won’t even produce his college and law school transcripts.

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