RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (say, what kind of name is that, anyway; and isn't it also peculiar that Priebus's Wikipedia page contains no family or ancestral information?--and that there's a date of birth, but no birthplace?) was befuddled that Atlantic's Molly Ball was even curious about yesterday's birtherism rebirth. "It's a distraction. It's a nothing issue," said Priebus. "[Romney] was referring to the fact that he was born in Michigan to make the point, 'I'm a Michigander' to the people of Michigan."
And that he returned on an "aircraft."
Whenever I return to my home state, I'm occasionally asked, "So, where ya from?" But you know what? Not once have I ever thought to answer, "Here, and no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate." It would be like answering "What's your name?" with, "Carpenter--not Priebus or Smith or Jones--but Carpenter."
At any rate, Ball goes on to observe:
The most troubling part of Romney's statement is the implication that Obama is somehow to blame for the birthers' conspiracy theorizing -- that there are some people you can look at and tell they were "born and raised" here, and others who make you wonder, for some reason.
But, goodness me, the way things are going, I'm beginning to wonder only about the ones I can look at and tell instantly that they must have been "born and raised" here: the nitwitted nativists and gunfreaks and the manifestly ill mannered and visibly unstable and the aggressively stupid and frightfully aggressive ... the Donald Trumps and Rush Limbaughs and the John Sununus and Hank Williamses and the Paul Ryans and Sarah Palins and the Mr & Mrs Bachmanns and Ted Nugents and all the other mockeries of genuine conservatism and traitors to real Republicanism and huge embarrassments to even simple, honest Americanism.