A conspiracy theory conspiracy theory

Bill Pascoe — who claims credit* for one of the worst political ideas ever, recruiting Alan Keyes to run against Obama in 2004 — gives voice to an increasingly widely held view on the right: That the sudden wave of attention to the Birthers by the mainstream and left-leaning media is itself a kind of conspiracy.

Is this anything but a gift to the Democrats?

Am I the only one to notice that mainstream media attention to the "Birthers" has picked up in recent weeks — and that this increased attention is coincident to the turn in Obama’s approval ratings?

A search of The Washington Post web site, for instance, on the term "Birther" yields as its oldest hit this one, from July 6; a search of The New York Times, though, shows first mention of the term on July 22.

Far be it from me to assume one is the cause of the other — as faithful readers know, I do my best to avoid falling into the post hoc, ergo propter hoc trap — but, still, it is an interesting coincidence.

Pascoe notes that when he was working for Keyes, a Kenyan birth wasn’t among his outlandish theories, and writes that it’s time for the Republican Party to vocally and formally "excommunicate" the Birthers.

*Pascoe’s book on the subject, he writes, will be titled, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.

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