Politics

Opponents of Health Care Overhaul = Birthers, Vol. 3

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Previous episodes from Salon's Joan Walsh and the New York Times' Gail Collins. Today, Paul Krugman:

We'd like to register our opposition to the public option

That is, the driving force behind the town hall mobs is probably the same cultural and racial anxiety that's behind the "birther" movement, which denies Mr. Obama's citizenship. Senator Dick Durbin has suggested that the birthers and the health care protesters are one and the same; we don't know how many of the protesters are birthers, but it wouldn't be surprising if it's a substantial fraction.

And cynical political operators are exploiting that anxiety to further the economic interests of their backers.

Get used to this line of argument as the August congressional recess punts the action into the public square, and bewildered supporters of reform legislation look for creative ways to sway the stoopids.