In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write that in the span of a few days, President Obama put the national Republicans in a very tough position in dealing with their own Obamaphobic base.
In three high-profile appearances, Obama released his long-form birth certificate; belittled birthers generally and Donald Trump specifically at the White House Correspondents Dinner; and of course announced that he had successfully found and killed Osama bin Laden.
The combined effect should be to make it absolutely laughable, to mainstream Americans, for anyone to portray Obama as a "Manchurian candidate," foreign-born, anti-American, subservient to the world, sympathetic to Islamic jihadists.
But that will not stop the Obamaphobic GOP voter base from embracing those characterizations. Until now, national GOP figures have been able to straddle the worlds of mainstream and Obamaphobes, but that will be much harder now.
Read it here:
Obama's Rebirth: By exposing his haters, the president has forced the GOP into a corner