HuffPost reporter Sam Stein joined guest host Chris Hayes and New York Times opinion columnist Ross Douthat for the "Rapid Fire" segment of Monday night's "Ed Show."
The panel laughed over Mike Huckabee's Sunday touting of his poll numbers among Republicans, which Douthat termed characteristically "charmingly passive-aggressive." Next, they discussed the Supreme Court's repudiation of Chicago's laws on gun control, an issue which Stein ruefully said Democrats -- including President Obama -- have basically ignored.
Finally, Hayes moved on to a recent poll suggesting that one-quarter of Americans don't believe Obama was born in the United States. Douthat tried to laugh off the issue by suggesting that those same respondents likely wouldn't know that naturalized citizenship was a requirement of the office, or even that Hawaii was a state. Here, Stein jumped in with a groan, and had harsh words for the contingent still demanding that Obama present a birth certificate that they will recognize:
I find this all ludicrous, obviously. I mean, the underlying issue is that they think this guy is some sort of crypto-Manchurian Candidate. He's been in office for, you know, over a year and a half now -- if he was a crypto-Manchurian Candidate, wouldn't we know this by now? Can't people just move on beyond the conspiracy theories and just live with the fact that he's a legitimate president, and let's move on to the real issues.