Palin Walks It Back, But the Fans Won’t Have It

December 04, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

Sarah Palin tries to put the toothpaste back in the tube following her “birther” comments yesterday. The full post today on her Facebook page:

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.

A glance at the comments suggests that many Palin fans didn’t want her to back down.

Gene Bland:

The question of his birth certificate must be resolved now, otherwise he is a fraud. Those he associates with are tax cheats, and criminals. His actions violate the principles he professes to believe in.

Bill Stapleton:

What passport did he use when he was traveling between New York, Jakarta, and Karachi in 1981? There are only three possiblilities a U.S. passport, a British passport or an Indonesia passport. Pakastan was on the U.S. State Department’s “no travel list” so he couldn’t have travelled with a U.S.passport. So, what passport did he travel with? The answere to this question will clear all this up.

Ian Gratton:

I tell ya, if it turns out that he doesn’t have a birth certificate, I would not be surprised one bit. This guy is a bad dude and just as he has said several times now, he wants to “fundamentally change” America.

Dave Happe:

This one is pretty simple. If a birth certificate existed, they would have produced it already. How can they show something they don’t have? Even a visit by Obama to Hawaii, complete with some shaved ice photo ops and an off camera visit to the hospital — couldn’t get one done after the fact. Doesn’t exist. Every single natural born citizen in America – excluding our president – could produce a birth certificate.

Wayne Winchell:

I wonder then, why he’s spent so much money hiding his birth certificate from the public if there’s nothing compromising in it?

Tom Burley:

I’m not a conspiracy junky but surely as a general rule ANY presidential candidate should be required to provide proof of birth as a US citizen? I had to provide my birth certificate to become a legal permanent resident and apply for US citizenship and to get a passport and yet an incoming president is not required to? I don’t need to see it myself but I would like to be assured that the Chief Justice who swears in a President has verified candidate eligability.

Tracy Jayne Keckler

Why is not asking for his birth certificate a bad thing? I’ll grab a anything to get this creep out of office!

Larry Diurba:

You See —- I think you should have asked him to produce his birth certificate, health records and college records.

No Birth Certificate – Shouldn’t be President (Constitution)

No Health Records – Could still be on drugs (put that finger on the launch button)

No College Records – Might show where the money for his college came from, and what citizenship was declaired.

Jim Tischler:

The simple way to shut up all the birthers is to show them the original birth certificate. So why doesn’t he? The inability to put this claim to rest only fuels the fire that he wasn’t really born in HI. You almost have to believe he’s hiding SOMETHING by faililng to comply with a simple request every other candidate has complied with.

This is the problem with dipping a toe into the fever swamp.

Another point I’d make: While Palin’s whining and martyr complex about the attacks on her son — which don’t seem to have come from anyone more powerful than blogger Andrew Sullivan — there’s an obvious difference between those attacks and a sustained, yearlong fringe campaign that has produced dozens of junk lawsuits from lawyers who encourage members of the military to disobey their commander-in-chief.