It’s surreal and weird and faintly ridiculous that it’s come to this. But this morning the White House caught the press corps seriously off guard by handing out copies of the anti-Holy Grail of birtherism, the fabled ‘long form’ birth certificate. And here’s the actual birth certificate.
Late Update: Apparently the president is actually going to make a statement shortly affirming his birth in the US, presumably because the release of the long form document might reduce the level of lunatic frivolity in the public square and they feel the need to bring it back up to make things even more ridiculous.
Later Update: Unconfirmed reports from around the country that sane people may actually jump out windows if president actually addresses this birth certificate issue directly in his morning statement rather than national security team shake up.
Inside the Madness Update: TPM is officially announcing the birth of ‘long-form birtherism’. Just as it is widely attested in the sociological literature that messianic and apocalyptic cults frequently become more intense in their belief, the same pattern will now create so-called ‘Long-form birthers’. Normative religious scholars are objecting that a more proper analogy might be to the various sects of Shi’a Islam which believe in different Imams as the final legitimate Imam in the succession of Ali.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.