Wednesday, April 27, 2011


A "Biller"? Is that a good name for people who think (or suspect) that Bill Ayers wrote Barack Obama's first book? Any other suggestions? Well, we know Donald Trump is a Biller. Now we know Sarah Palin is one, too -- or at least she's Biller-curious (as well as curious about the whole range of birther-related nutball theories):

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you blame the media? Because I mean, it's gotten to be quite a distraction. And I think that, you know -- I know there are a lot of people out there who don't like President Obama so they want to believe he was born someplace else. But so far, you know, people who have investigated this, you know, believe that he has been born here in the United States. I don't have any doubt he's been born here in the United States -- and has gotten a sort of a circus-like -- is that Donald Trump sort of, you know, playing with everybody and being a distraction away from those important issues, or do you blame the media?

PALIN: I think the media is loving this because they want to make birthers, as they call people who are just curious about the President of the United States and his background and his associations and his consistency with what he says today versus what he said in both the memoirs that he wrote or Bill Ayers or whomever wrote them -- the media is loving the fact that some curious Americans are actually asking the questions. And they're trying to make those curious Americans sound kind of crazy. So the media is loving this issue and they're perpetuating the issue, trying to make it sound really worse than it is.

And then Palin goes on -- and I guess this means that Orly Taitz's labors weren't in vain after all:

What the heck is wrong with asking the President of the United States to disclose what his college thesis was, what some of the Harvard Law Review papers were that he wrote? I don't care about his grades. I don't care if he was a C student. You know, more power to the C student. What I care about is what goes into his thinking today? What is his foundation from his background? A lot of that could be reflected in the writings that he produced as a college and a grad student.

(All this is, of course, is from Palin's interview last night on Greta Van Susteren's show; video at the link, which is a Fox Nation link.)

So maybe Palin really will run, and be the candidate who takes the Trump torch and runs a birther (or birtheresque) campaign.

Also, note that Palin, like Trump (and possibly Jerome Corsi in his forthcoming book), seems to be doing birtherism 2.0, relegating the birth certificate to a relatively minor role in a narrative that portrays Obama as a deceiver on a number of issues.

Oh, and once again: Obama didn't write an undergraduate thesis. At Columbia, he didn't have to. I got a Columbia B.A. two years before Obama and I was never required to write one.

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