So after Obama releasing his birth certificate yesterday the birthers made appearances on all the MSNBC shows and the MSNBCers just lost it. I mean, Chris Matthews and Lawrence O’Donnell aren’t calm little bunnies, generally speaking, but there’s their usual level of shoutiness and then there was this: Matthews was plainly and visibly furious with the birthers who showed up on his show, and O’Donnell actually cut off Orly Taitz when she started spewing the birthers’ new line of crap (which, for those not in the know, is that Obama supposedly forged his Social Security number at some point and… therefore he’s not President, or something).
You kind of get the feeling that these guys really felt that, if the question of Obama’s birth was finally answered, that finally the birthers would shut up because they wouldn’t have any real ground to stand on. It’s not that they didn’t think the birthers weren’t racist: they knew that. But they thought that the birthers would play by some sort of rules. “Here is the proof you have demanded; you can demand it no more.” But of course this was never about proof; this was about hating and fearing B-Rock the Islamic Supashock, and there aren’t any rules for that.
We’re in postmodern politics now, and the tribalism can only get rawer from here.