Obama 2012 hammered Mitt Romney for pandering to the fringe after his son Matt went the birther route to help his father court GOP extremists.
Here is video of Matt Romney bringing up Obama’s birth certificate in New Hampshire:
While talking about the fact that his father has not released his tax returns, Matt Romney said, “He has not said that he will not do it. He has also not said that he will. It’s a matter of time until that issue comes up because I think everyone has to get a chance to do that. So I don’t know the answer to that. I’m not sure he knows the answer to that. But he will do everything that he needs to do. He’s certainly not afraid of anything. Hiding anything. I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate and sort of a long list of things then maybe he’d do it.”
In an email to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote, “This is how the Romney campaign thinks it’s going to win the Republican primary: by pandering to the dead-ender fringe of extremists who still question where the President was born. We can’t make them rewrite their talking points. But we can drive up the cost of this kind of politics.”
The campaign also wrote in a blog post, “Matt Romney says his dad Mitt will release his tax returns “as soon as” President Obama releases his birth certificate. This is how the Romney campaign thinks it’s going to win the Republican primary: by pandering to the dead-ender fringe of extremists who still question where the President was born.”
Later, Matt Romney tweeted a non-apology, “I repeated a dumb joke. My bad.” Yep, he really regrets bringing up the birther thing when it just so happens to appeal to the group of conservatives who have the biggest doubts about his father’s candidacy. In the new NBC News/Marist Iowa Poll only 8% of Republican respondents considered Mitt Romney a true conservative. Republican voters still don’t like Mitt Romney, but they may be forced to settle for him as all of their more attractive options have flamed out.
By going the birther route, the Romney campaign isn’t going to convince the people who already doubt his conservative cred, but they are going to hurt themselves with other voters. Unlike in 2008, the Obama campaign is prepared to deal with the birther nonsense quickly and effectively. Obama has released his long and short form birth certificates. Only the most delusional of Republicans could still possibly believe that the president was not born in this country.
The fact that anybody from the Romney campaign went birther this soon shows that they are getting desperate.