Just to recap, here’s what Romney said of himself and his wife: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
As with most things Romney says, it’s hard to appreciate the full breadth and depth of the blandness of his delivery from just reading the words on the page.
Yet this is “some of the basest, most despicable bigotry we can imagine.” Clearly, if that’s the worst we can come up with, the state of racial tolerance in America has never been better.
Within hours of Romney’s joke, the Obama campaign was trying to turn its outrage into cash. An e-mail appeal from campaign manager Jim Messina repeated Romney’s quote and then said:
“Take a moment or two to think about that, what he’s actually saying, and what it says about Mitt Romney. Then make a donation of $3 or more to re-elect Barack Obama today.”
I know some people take this “birther” stuff very seriously. But I find the whole thing ludicrous. Apparently, if Romney jokes about Obama’s birth certificate, white Americans will suddenly notice the president is black. But when Obama jokes about his birth certificate — or even hawks birther-themed swag on his campaign Web site, it’s all in good fun.