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As I said, we shouldn't
be surprised by Romney's remark. Trying to pretend that somehow Obama is
not an American-born leader, or questioning his patrioism, or his
values by using the Big Lie often speaks in code.
But let's decode some
of the implications:
-- Show us your birth certificate, but I won't show you my tax returns.
-- You need to prove your identity to vote, but my super PAC allies don't need to identify their donors.
-- I'll lie about Obama's plans, but won't explain my own.
-- I'll blame Obama for the problems he didn't cause, and take credit for his solutions that work.
Romney's birther remark was less a surprise than a confirmation that his moral compass is off center.
Mr. Romney, America's
not an aristocracy. It's not where you were born -- in a cabin or a
mansion -- or how you were raised -- in poverty by a single parent or
with money and privilege -- that matters.