If you havenít been trolling the fever swamps of online conspiracy sites or opening those emails from Uncle Larry, you may well wonder: Where did this idea come from? Who started it? And is there a grain of truth there?
The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008. At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama.
Birtherism: Where it all began - Ben Smith and Byron Tau - POLITICO.com
Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaanonymous e-mails from supporters of Hillary Clinton surfaced that questioned Obama's citizenship in an attempt to revive Clinton's faltering primary election campaign. These and numerous other chain e-mails during the subsequent presidential election circulated false rumors about Obama's origin, religion and birth certificate
P.S. High profile campaigns like this are pretty well coordinated. Hillary didn't denounce the people on her side that were pushing the issue so, at the least, this is sort of a "wink wink, nod nod" approval.
Jerad Miller at Bundy camp:
Ich habe schon Pferde vor der Apotheke kotzen sehen.