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NY TIMES: "The doubts about Mr. Obama’s birthplace — and its impact on whether he can legitimately be president — have been thoroughly discredited by mainstream news organizations and rejected by politicians of both parties. But there remain pockets of enthusiasm for the narrative that Mr. Obama should never have been allowed to be president. It’s possible that Mr. Romney does not want to alienate those voters by throwing Mr. Trump overboard." »

You know, if Republicans really, really wanted to quash the whole Birther issue, they could.

If they want to.  But they don’t, because hey, there are enough paranoid, racist assholes in this country who, I dunno, might want to vote for Mitt Romney.

And that totally makes continually fanning the Birther flames worth it.