The right comes around

It didn’t take that long: Recognizing the danger to itself from the Birthers, conseratives and Republicans have finally developed a fairly clear set of talking points — this is crazy, let’s talk about the issues — that poltiicians use in situations like this.

Two prominent GOP sources articulating it pretty clearly today are National Review and Michael Steele.

NR:"Like Bruce Springsteen, he has a lot of bad political ideas; but he was born in the U.S.A."

Steele: "Chairman Steele believes that this is an unnecessary distraction and believes that the president is a U.S. citizen. Chairman Steele wants to move beyond this conversation and continue discussing the real and immediate concerns that face American families like the economy and health care. Americans are concerned with President Obama’s health care plan, a failed stimulus package and a ballooning deficit. Chairman Steele has many other issues to take up with the president that have to do with policy, not a birth certificate."

The Birthers are a great story, because of their disruptive potential at staged political events, and because of the fascinating, deep psychological drivers of the movement. It’s a story that likely won’t go away; but the Republican Party, for its own reasons, really needs no part of it.

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