Well, one minute the Birthers are filing lawsuits like crazy all across the country, and the next minute the lawsuits are fizzling and the Birthers seem to have grown strangely quiet. For example:
The September 22, 2012 Birthapalooza in Phoenix, Arizona was cancelled due to low ticket sales.
“Loser Suit Larry” Klayman seems to have taken the month of October off and his next appearance won’t be until Halloween, when he will be at a Citizen’s Grand Jury in Ocala, Florida. I wouldn’t be surprised if that gets canceled.
Mario “The Mangler” Apuzzo has not put up a new blog post since August 8, 2012.
Van Irion, the Tennessee Birther attorney, has not filed any new suits since he got hit for $22,000 in court costs. Well, except for trying out get out of the fees.
The Kansas Birther, aka Joe the Birther, dropped his challenge in Topeka. He seems to have disappeared from sight and isn’t even posting around the Internet anymore.
The Free Republic Birther threads have become virtual ghost towns, failing to break above 50 comments about half the time. See here for a list:
ObamaReleaseYourRecords has become little more than a place for CDR Kerchner to post his Washington Times advertisements.
The Post and Email is devoting as much space to custody battles and Tennessee jail conditions as to Birther issues.
Jerome “Deputy Jerry” Corsi rarely pens Birther nonsense anymore.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s mighty Cold Case Posse investigation has stalled, and neither he nor Deputy Zullo will answer any Birther subpoenas.
Meanwhile, Zullo seems to have developed some sort of weird Harold and Maude-ish attraction to an old lady in a Hawaii nursing home in the hope that she remembers something fishy about a birth certificate from 51 years ago.
About the only Birther who is still out there pitching and hitting anymore is Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq., and half or more of the Birthers don’t expect her to accomplish anything.
It seems to me like all the fire has just gone out of their bellies. Could it be the constant judicial disappointments??? Could it be the prolonged failure to find any substantial evidence to back up their suspicions??? Could it be the failure of the Republican establishment to buy into their fantasies??? Or, could it be the well-reasoned and abundant criticism heaped on them by all of us Anti-Birthers and Obots???
I don’t doubt that there are still millions and millions of them out there, and that Birtherism has become an article of faith to them. But, have they become like the Easter Christians whose faith is so weak they only make it to church once a year or so, if nothing else is going on that day? Here we are about a month out from the election, and Birtherism seem to have blown a fuse. If the Birthers stay stirred up, and indignant, they could still play a big part in making Obama a one-term President. But, if they have grown bored with the whole Birther thing, then who knows?
Looking at the Birther agenda for October, there does not seen to be a Revival tent meeting anywhere on it.
Note 1. The Image. This is Sid Caesar playing Dentist Melvin Crump from the 1963 film, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Directed by Stanley Kramer, this is probably the funniest movie ever made. Wiki says:
“Smiler” Grogan (Jimmy Durante), suspect in a tuna factory robbery (possibly a dig on the then-recent tuna advertising campaigns) 15 years before and on the run from the police, recklessly passes a number of vehicles on a twisting, mountainous road in the Mojave Desert of Southern California before careening his car off a cliff and crashing. Five motorists from four of the passed vehicles stop to assist: Melville Crump (Sid Caesar), a dentist; Lennie Pike (Jonathan Winters), a furniture mover; Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney) and Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett), two friends on their way to Las Vegas; and J. Russell Finch (Milton Berle), an entrepreneur. Just before he kicks the bucket (his foot literally kicks a bucket as he dies), Grogan tells the supposedly good Samaritans about $350,000 buried in a box (which turns out to be a suitcase covered loosely on top by a metal plate) in Santa Rosita State Park near the Mexican border, under a “Big W”.
Two detectives (main, Norman Fell; supporting, Nicholas Georgiade) arrive, with the main detective asking those five, who descended the hill to the accident site, some pointed questions about their interaction with Grogan. While not so artfully dodging the questions, each of the five internally changes from having had compassion for Grogan to becoming resolved to retrieve the treasure. Then the detectives permit the five to return to their vehicles after demanding and receiving Finch’s contact information. The motorists then drive away from the accident site and initially test each other’s resolve on the road, then stop to try to reason with one another on how to share the money, but when they can’t agree on any one particular distribution, they return to their vehicles to engage in an all-out race to reach the loot first.
If you have not seen it, put it on your bucket list.
Note 2. Au Courant. A little word play on the Image.
au courant French [oh kooran] adj
up-to-date, esp in knowledge of current affairs
[literally: in the current]