Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The South: Home Of The Birther Movement

Yet more evidence to indicate that the modern Republican party is fast becoming the almost exclusive province of the Southern United States:

The news that American southerners are the most likely to question whether President Obama is actually a native-born citizen got a lot of attention last Friday, when a Research2000 survey on that question was released by DailyKos. Eleven percent of all Americans apparently do not believe Obama was born in the United States, but 23% of southerners (compared to roughly 5% of people from the other regions of the country) share that belief. I thought it would be interesting to see what various trend-culling tools might add to this picture.

A look at Google Trends is certainly illuminating. The top ten states where people are searching on the phrase "Obama birth certificate" are:

1. Louisiana
2. Mississippi
3. Colorado
4. Oklahoma
5. Alabama
6. Tennessee
7. Arkansas
8. Missouri
9. South Carolina
10. North Carolina

One would hope that this is not also evidence for the eventual redneckification of Colorado. Keep watching your South Park, Coloradans! And mad props to my home state of Texas for managing to stay off of this list full of wingnuts. Now if they could just climb out of last place for child homelessness, residents over 25 without a high school diploma, average credit score, voter participation and residents without health insurance they'd really have something. Good thing Governor Perry refused all of that stimulus money, huh?


[Update: Obama finally debunks the Birther conspiracies:

After Barackula I suspected that maybe the vampire myths were true but I guess they've now been debunked as well. Of course, don't expect this to deter the wingnut Vamper movement...


[Update II: Found it:
Just as damning as they said it would be. How could I have been so wrong?


[Update III: Almost forgot that today is his actual "birthday" so here's the theme-appropriate card:
The truth hurts, doesn't it you dirty Kenyan bastard? Happy Birther Day, Mr. "President".



Leslie Parsley said...

The first picture showing those goons is absolutely scary. What is happening to our country when such mean and ignorant people are having
so much bad influence on people? And why, why don't centrist Republicans and Democrats have the courage to start a counter-attack?

Leslie Parsley said...

Er, that photo wasn't for real, wuz it?

JBW said...

I don't know where the picture comes from Leslie but I assume that it is fake. They just look too inbred and scary, you know?

Leslie Parsley said...

Trust me, I've seen that type. They look like purebred GA crackers.