Teh Demas does a good job of laying out Peter Hoekstra's decline from being the moderate, genial West Michigan conservative in the room to batshit crazy teabagger panderer.
“I think with this president the book is closed,” Hoekstra said. “I hate to say it, but I think the debate's over. We lost that debate in 2008 when our presidential nominee said 'I ain't talking about it.' . . . I'd love to give you the answer and say that I'm going to fight it, we're going to beat it and we're going to win it. I think it wasn't fought and we lost it.”
For those keeping score at home, Obama released his birth certificate eons ago and his long-form certificate over a year ago. Naturally, the impact empirical evidence has had on conspiracy nuts has been negligible, to say the least.
As I might have mentioned yesterday, what this means is that Peter Hoekstra isn't just enabling Birtherism, but also the idea that winning an argument isn't so much being able to mount the most convincing case based on evidence and logic, but to wear down your opponent so they just give up. How else explain the idea that the Republican Party lost this debate in 2008 because John McCain refused to bring it up?
She also notes the complete lack of interest at Henry Payne's Museum of Half-Formed Thoughts in tackling the issue of Birtherism, which simply will not go away among conservatives. The reason for that is a desire to de-legitimize a Democratic president, even if they have to dive into the weeds of harebrained conspiracy theories to do it. In refusing to finally, once and for all, put down the notion as silly and not fact based, outlets like The News are demonstrating a loyalty first not to country but their own ideology.