I'd really hoped we were past this.
You might think that President Obama's comfortable reelection last month would put an end to the Republican birther conspiracy. But if you do, you don't know Arizona Republicans.
The latest battle for the movement that believes Barack Obama is ineligible to be President was fought Monday at the state's Electoral College vote, where a trio of Republican electors -- including state GOP chair Tom Morrissey -- once again raised concerns that Obama's birth certificate is a fake during the electoral college vote.
They were rebuffed by other Republicans in the room, including Gov. Jan Brewer. National Republicans have also distanced themselves from the birther movement. But in Arizona, the birthers aren't going quietly, even if they do recognize that they are going.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) flirted with the birther conspiracy theory in May before backing off, but it appears some of his GOP colleagues in the state just can't let go.
But it's the larger context that's worth keeping in mind: a few too many conservatives are just as uncomfortable with reality now as they were before the election, and the election was supposed to be their wake-up call.
Polls tell you what you don't want to hear? Assume there's a polling conspiracy! Economic data runs counter to your expectations? Assume there's a conspiracy there, too! Election results leave you feeling discouraged? Guess what: more conspiracies!
In Arizona, there are conservative activists still running around complaining about the president's long-form birth certificate, for crying out loud.
As I argued a month ago, if 2012 taught the right anything, there should have been one overarching lesson: if you perceive reality as the enemy, you're doing it wrong.
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