Truth trumps birthers


This just in: release of President Obama’s birth certificate — the long-form version of the one he released in 2008 — has caused sanity to finally break out across America. According to a new Post poll, the ranks of the birthers has gone poof.

Those polled who believe Obama was born in Hawaii
2010: 48 percent
2011: 70 percent

Those polled who believe Obama was likely born abroad
2010: 20 percent
2011: 10 percent

Republicans who believe Obama was not born in the U.S.
2010: 31 percent
2011: 14 percent

Conservative Republicans who believe Obama was not born in the U.S.
2010: 35 percent
2011: 16 percent

Now, that we’re all pretty much on the same page let the 2012 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination begin. Those who used the birther myth as a trampoline to prominence — yes, you, Donald Trump — ought to quit their faux campaign. By exploiting that racist conspiracy theory Trump has forfeited the benefit of being taken seriously as a presidential aspirant.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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