Before Donald Trump came along, the nation's foremost birther zealot was probably Orly Taitz, the lawyer/dentist who has tried, in vain, to get the courts to rule on whether President Obama is eligible to be president. With the release this morning of President Obama's long-form birth certificate the one the birthers have been clamoring for we wanted to know how she was handling things. The answer: pretty well! She's perfectly willing to let the certificate issue go, but only because there are other conspiracies yet to be resolved. Here is a snippet of our conversation:
Are you convinced by the birth certificate? Are you convinced now that he was born in Hawaii?
I think it's much better evidence than what we've had before. I think it's a step in the right direction
What do you mean "a step"? Isn't this conclusive?
Well, as long as, in the sense that the experts are reviewing it, and as long as the experts are saying, "Yes, this is a genuine document that was created at the time [of Obama's birth]," I would say that that would put this issue to rest.
This issue, meaning the birth certificate but not the eligibility issue. Taitz still questions whether Obama is actually a "natural-born citizen," as required by the Constitution — despite being born in Hawaii, to an American mother — because his father was a British subject at the time of Obama's birth. "Nobody knows, because the courts never took it upon themselves to provide a determination on this issue," she says. Proof that, for those who simply refuse to see Obama as legitimate, today isn't such a dark day after all.