There has been decent discussion here at CHT about the larger nature of the Birther persuasion. I supported, for example, the long tradition of questioning the lineage of the Executive, while others (ahem, Red) were more interested in the details of the case.
As Ted Cruz (who if he were to run for President would be subjected, rightfully, to the same lineage inquiry) suggests that supplying Al-Qaeda with an air force is not in the American interest, it is worth noting the subgenre Birther meme, “Obama as Muslim” has gone absence at a moment of potential popular support.
Certainly, this would be a moment to employ the meme—yet it’s gone a bit quiet save as satire.
The actual geopolitical issues of dealing with Middle Eastern politics (the Saudis, the Wahabists, Western actors/cash, Israel) are very difficult to study, but if one supports populism as a means of hacking into complex issues to be reduced to simple phrases, simple phrases hopelessly offered to stop an atrocity in the making, then so be it.
Just as the anti-war Hollywood celeb crowd has gone silent, it would appear the astro-turfing for the birther meme is also taking a pause.
Or perhaps, there is something else afoot in the hinterlands…some sort of dawning on the American mind that something terrible has happened. Something far worse than a phony prince…