I don’t believe for a minute that Neil Abercrombie wants to see the silly birther controversy go away. What he wants is what every Democrat wants, which is to stoke the flames of birtherism as much as possible, even while being seen as the good guys trying to combat it. Think about it. Do you know anyone who admires Barack Obama as a statesman, agrees with his politics, and woudl generally be inclined to vote for him, but for that nagging suspicion he may not be a natural born citizen? Of course not. The only people who entertain this kooky theory are people who weren’t going to vote for him anyway.
Birthers and birther-curious types take note: the odds of any liberal, moderate or even non-birther conservative being convinced that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. are just as remote as the odds of you ever being convinced that he was. If voters regard the 2012 election as a referendum on Obama’s record, his policies, or any other legitimate political issue, Obama is in trouble right now. But if it’s a referendum on whether he was born in Kenya or Hawaii, he’ll win in a landslide.