What do you have to say about that birth certificate now, Bill O’Reilly and company?

Sarah Palin, last year’s vice-presidential candidate and the best-selling author in the world right now, affirms that questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility for office are legitimate.

This is no longer the “fringe” issue as most of the media would like to portray it.

Radio talk-show host Rusty Humphries asked the former Alaska governor: “Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?”

She responded: “I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think that members of the electorate still want answers.”

“Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?” Humphries asked.

“I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records – all of that is fair game,” Palin said. “The McCain-Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area.”

Palin said it was legitimate to question Obama’s eligibility, referring to “the weird conspiracy-theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son – ‘You need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,’ which we have done.

“Maybe we can reverse that, and use the same [inaudible] thinking on the other one,” she added.

Sarah Palin is right.

And she joins a growing list of people from the right and left of the political spectrum who are obviously troubled by the way Obama has handled the eligibility issue – by employing a high-priced legal team to shut down requests for something as simple and seemingly innocent as the public release of his long-form birth certificate to establish whether he is indeed a “natural born citizen” as the Constitution requires.

CNN anchor Lou Dobbs was pressured to resign his position over the issue.

The president of CNN issued a memo warning his entire staff to avoid asking questions about the eligibility issue.

Virtually everyone in the so-called “mainstream media” has attempted to position themselves as “credible” by ridiculing those who want to see the birth certificate and other documents Obama seems hell-bent on hiding from the public.

Meanwhile, some courageous people in the public eye continue to stand up boldly against the “anti-birther” campaign.

On the left, author Camille Paglia and radio talker Lynn Samuels have raised legitimate questions about Obama’s eligibility. On the right, Sarah Palin and Alan Keyes are on record as defending the questions very much on the minds of millions of Americans.

Media people like Bill O’Reilly, eager to position themselves as “mainstream” rather than pursue the truth, will pay a price for their shortsightedness as this administration continues to unravel.

The day of reckoning is coming for Obama and his supporters. They can run away from this issue, but they can’t hide.

Those signs and bumper stickers and billboards that read “Where’s the birth certificate?” are not going away.

In fact, they will haunt Obama right through his re-election effort in 2012.

One of the things people love about Sarah Palin is her shoot-from-the-hip frankness. They admire her courage. They like the fact that she doesn’t just offer TelePrompTer answers in interviews. She demonstrated that candor once again in her interview with Rusty Humphries.

And since she must be regarded as one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, that puts this eligibility issue right where it belongs – at the forefront of the national debate.

Now we’ll see how the rest of the media will respond.

What say you, Bill O’Reilly?

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