Paul Ryan hit Birthers with an early Halloween this year—and he totally opted for the trick rather than the treat.
In response to supporters apparently looking to bring back the Birth Certificate issue as another October Surprise before the election, Ryan decided not to prey on the enthusiasm of his excitable supporters, and instead shut them down by shoving Obama’s birth certificate in their faces.
Our buddies at TPM point out that in an email to supporters, Ryan acknowledges the concerns of those who still don’t believe Obama was born in the U.S., and then says:
On April 27, 2011, in response to these criticisms, President Obama released the long form of his birth certificate, which was issued by the Hawaii State Department of Health.
For your review, I have also included an electronic copy of the long form of the President’s birth certificate. I certainly understand the importance of this issue, and I hope you find the information useful.
He then does in fact attach the birth certificate, as if to say, Read it and weep, suckaz.
Whether he realizes that Birtherism is no longer politically expedient or he’s just choosing to side with good old fashioned common sense, it’s refreshing to see a member of team Romney-Ryan not bend to the crazies for once. I’m gonna gulp hard here and say it—let’s all applaud Paul Ryan for doing the right thing.