The Corner

The New Burning Question

I haven’t studied the just released PDF of Obama’s birth certificate. But assuming there’s nothing in there about a birthmark that resembles the numbers “666” or about how his father worked for the KGB and — of course — assuming that the font in question matches typewriters of the time (Let’s get Dan Rather on that): I figure this puts the birther thing to bed once and for all. Good.

But it does raise the perplexing question: If this was possible all along, why did the WH take such sweet time releasing it? Could it be that this White House, continuing a tactic used by Democrats for years, actually liked being able to cast their opponents — often through guilt by association — as paranoid nuts? No, that couldn’t possibly be it.

Update: For the record, I don’t actually think this is the “new burning question” in the sense that it must rise to the top of the national conversation. I just think it’s odd. Call it a low simmering question if you must.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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