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Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Birther lie lives on in South Carolina


Michael Crowley, senior correspondent at Time magazine just sent out an “oh yeah!” kind of tweet. “You know what we don’t hear a peep about anymore,” @CrowleyTIME asked? “Obama’s birth certificate. Long-form release turned out to be a smart move.” That’s a great observation. But a friend who hails from South Carolina sent me a story from today’s issue of the newspaper the State. that shows old lies die hard.

“One in 3 S.C. Republicans think Obama a Muslim, born in another country.”

Back in April, before President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, 43 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners in the Palmetto State said he was “probably” or “definitely” born someplace other than the United States of America. Today, that number has dropped a bit to 36 percent.

Even more bananas, 30 percent say the president is Muslim. Nevermind that Obama is a Christian, has been taped going into and out of church with his family (albeit, sporadically) and almost saw his presidential ambitions implode in 2008 over the incendiary preachings of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his former minister in Chicago.

The Republican primary in South Carolina, the first in the South, is set for Feb. 28th. As we have seen, that primary fight is a knock-down, drag-out affair. Just ask Sen. John McCain or now-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It could be the last stand for a conservative candidate to keep his or her campaign alive heading into Super Tuesday a week later. With the birther lie alive and well, and with 73 percent of Republicans saying the word “honest” doesn’t describe Obama, be prepared for some desperate campaigns to say and do some desperate things to get votes.

By  |  06:23 PM ET, 09/20/2011

 
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