So, Obama finally released his long-form birth certificate. That should finally put the quietus to the birthers. But all this is way past due. Obama managed to turn a simple problem that could have been solved two years ago with a "here, choke on it" into a long, drawn-out slow-bleed thing. Most of the Democrat elites (think Kennedys, inter alii) would have managed to face it down. It would never have gone away, but they would never have responded. But Obama finally did. One assumes this is because the question was finally being taken up by people who had the ear of The People. Which means that all of Obama's brushing off, the smirks and snide asides, and the bluster didn't work. Which hints that, just maybe, most people aren't buying the act any more. Obama is getting rid of this issue ahead of the election precisely because it was becoming an actual issue. And he has no one to blame but himself for his incompetent handling of it. So much for President Smarter-than-you; in the end, all he's managed to prove is that he's a natural-born American hack.