Headline from Politico blog: Paglia is a birther!
Here's the quote from Camille Paglia that has Glenn Thrush putting on his guaranteed-to-repel-RACISTS tinfoil hat:
First of all, I reject the idea that the “birther” campaign is motivated by racism. There may be racism among it, but there are legitimate questions about the documentation of Obama’s birth certificate. I’m sorry, I’ve been following this closely from the start. To assume that all those signs about the birth controversy were motivated by racism, that is simply wrong.
Tell me where in this quote we find any indication that Camille Paglia is a birther? That she's open-minded enough to not dismiss the question out of hand I guess makes her a birther. Or maybe, like so many other things in the leftist mind-control-totalitarian-instinct constellation, if you don't buy the whole package, i.e., that birthers and their slack-jawed, incestuous progenitor siblings, the Tea Partiers, are motivated primarily by RACISM, then you are ONE OF THEM, YOU VILE SEMNIOTIC PROTO-COULTER.
Someone's been spending too much time in college.
Oh, and on the birther issue, my feelings are these: so and what? We can't do anything about BO's validity now, and I've always thought that the things we know (but that our wonderful, Constitutionally-protected Fourth Estate-Fifth Column won't publish or pursue) are far more damaging to Barack Obama's electablity than where he was born.
For a long time, I dismissed the birther claims as short-cut conspiracy theories that were, in fact, fueled by xenophobia, and believe me, there is plenty of that going around. Otherwise normal people have told me that, for example, Marco Rubio, could never be president because he's not "native born"– and he was born here. The circumstances surrounding BO's birth should raise questions. Apparently, his parents were never legally married and not just on the technicality that BO, Sr. was still legally married to a wife in Kenya. No one can produce a record of a ceremony, a license, or anything, to my knowledge. Recently, in David Maraniss's book, it came to light that, unlike the official story, BO's own autobiography, it appears that Barry never "left" Ann because there's no real evidence that they were actually together (I think he characterizes it as Ann leaving BO, Sr., but you need to show that they were together before you can say who left whom.) Strangely, in my own mind, this shifts the birther equation somewhat. Wikipedia, having been updated to the standards of two somewhat official biographies (take it for what it's worth: the Ripley puff-piece on Stanley Ann Dunham isn't worth the paper it's written on, I think. I'll change my mind when I see marriage/divorce docs) says that basically, there is no evidence that his parents lived as man and wife. Her parents' address is listed on the birth certificate as the residence of his father and mother, and she left with BO, Jr within four weeks of his birth to go to Seattle and attend the University of Washington and didn't return to Hawaii until a year after Barry, Sr. went to Harvard. There isn't a lot of room here for a trip to Kenya, in my opinion, to give birth to The One and start school 4 weeks later in Seattle. If my hunch is correct, there is even less reason for Ann to traipse to Kenya to have the baby (where the first wife is, btw), and how the heck could she get out of that country to go to the U of W with an infant from Kenya? If anyone wants to pursue that line of inquiry, may I suggest a FOIA for State Department records for the time period regarding visas, communications and assistance to American citizens traveling from Kenya with newborns. Maybe someone has and is now claiming "cover up." More fuel for the fire.