08/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Seriously, Do You Know What Obama's Birth Certificate Says? Have You Seen It?

I was on a train over the weekend, going to a perfectly respectable garden party in Connecticut, when a fellow guest, another writer -- a liberal, I would have assumed -- started in on this Obama birth certificate stuff. I think he wanted to say that this whole business was a bit of political insidiousness, but within a second he was debating its merits.

If there wasn't something here, well, why wouldn't Obama have just plain come out and denied it? You know?

Now, my suspicion was that this fellow had had a few drinks before getting on the train -- which may be relevant.

Lou Dobbs, who has been propounding this theory, has often seemed drunk to me. Indeed, Jon Stewart made great fun of Dobbs last night, pointing out that Dobbs' own network, CNN, had meticulously debunked all of the theoretical circumstances underlying the conspiracy. Curiously, conspiracies are not all that susceptible to ridicule.

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