The question on every thinking person's lips is simple....did Obama blink?
Or did he do the right thing for the right reasons?
The Machiavellian nature of politics is such that it is impossible to know for certain what the motives are for the White House to release the birth certificate. If it was simply to put an end to the so-called "birthers" outcry, why not do that two years ago and prevent the whole thing from going this long? It also seems to my simple brain, that maintaining the "birthers" would have given Obama a target to show how stupid the conservatives can be. Why would he spend two years creating this situation and then capitulate overnight? Something else is going on here.
Is the birth certificate real? Has it been sanitized? These are the questions that the birthers will try to keep on the front burner, but in my opinion they will get little traction. In fact people who continue to maintain Obama was not born in this country will find themselves on the wrong side of lunacy.
So why didn't Obama put an end to this two years ago...or at any time in the last two years? Why did he wait until Trump came along? What did Trump do to get Obama to fall in line? I doubt we will ever know the answers to these questions...however there is no doubt in my mind...
Now, what does Trump do now? Is he in a stronger or weaker position?
I think the WH considers that by taking away Trump's immediate attacks they have weakened him and reduced his chances to get traction as a Presidential candidate. I suspect this is why the HW released the certificate.
I think this was a major blunder politically.
In my opinion, it has consolidated Trump's strength. It has shown that if he exerts enough pressure, the President will fold. This will make him bolder, and if I were Trump I would immediately go on the attack.
I would start by calling out the media. I would say they are protecting Obama and that if they had done their job instead of licking his ass, this whole thing could have been put to rest two years ago.
I would then attack Obama again and get details of his education records, his academic career etc etc. Stuff that is not necessarily of great importance to anyone, but will apply more pressure to Obama. The whole purpose of this continuous attack is to cause Obama to have a public meltdown - to show the world who he really is.
And I would throw into the mix all sorts of commentary on what Obama has and hasn't done since his inauguration. If I was Trump I would find ways to make sure Obama could not spend more than 15 minutes without seeing my ugly face challenging him on one thing or another.
The trick is for Trump to get into his head...and stay there...a niggle here, a niggle there. It does not have to be big major important things.
You see...Trump has made Obama blink...and he who blinks first will lose eventually if the other person keeps up the pressure.
Obama made a huge political error. Does this mean Trump will eventually run for President? I still do not think so, but the landscape has changed enormously in the last 24 hours.
Obama has opened the door ever so slightly....and one thing Trump is good at is walking boldly through an open door.
Is this a clever political play by the Obama people to get Trump to run and hence assure an Obama victory? Maybe....but that would be a stupid ploy because they do not yet know what support Trump would have...and in this crazy climate, he just could pull it off.
No...I think the Administration has NO idea how to deal with this threat to their re-election and are simply trying to quiet the clown. Well...what they have done is enboldened him.
Yes. Obama blinked.