It is true that most establishment Republicans know better than to openly advocate Birtherism, but how many are openly denouncing it? Yes, I’m running the risk of sounding like the ones who say “Well, why haven’t I heard more liberal Imams denouncing it?” but we aren’t talking about a minority group that bears the brunt of public distrust and then gets told that they need to somehow prove their loyalty. We’re talking about a group that is powerful and mainstream, and that could probably widen its appeal among independents if one of them would just speak openly, loudly, and sanely on this topic.
Well, we now have Jan Brewer and Michele Bachmann. Palin whiffed on this one. Conor is in related territory with Thoreau:
Some of us have long insisted that the conservative movement was going to pay for its embrace of demagoguery, anti-intellectualism, bombast in place of substance, and shameless pandering. For our trouble, we've been dismissed by talk radio hosts and conservative bloggers, who took an ends-justify-the-means approach to the 2010 primaries and opposition to President Obama generally. Lo and behold, the conservative movement is now paying a price, exactly as predicted. The GOP has a weak field for 2012, and although Donald Trump isn't going to win the nomination, his early status as a front-runner is an unwelcome distraction and may end up pulling other candidates toward the sort of absurd populism that will hurt them in a general election.