Horror of horrors: Romney makes a birth-certificate joke

And it was pretty darn funny, too.

“Now I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.”

Now, everybody just hold on for a second. The Twitterverse and etcetera have been lighting up with speculations and accusations from all sides as to what Mitt Romney meant with this. No, birthers: I have the severest doubts that Mitt Romney was endorsing birtherism, nor that he plans to desperately take up the theory as part of his campaign platform as we wend our way to November. It’s far too divisive an issue, and as much as the Left would no doubt like everyone to believe, it’s not like the majority of the conservative base is exactly jiggy with it.

And puh-lease, liberals: Spare us your outrageous outrage about how Mitt Romney would dare question President Obama’s birth place, because firstly, that wasn’t what he was doing. The point is that Mitt Romney has never tried to paint himself as anything other than a born-and-bred, robustly proud American, and nobody has ever questioned his belief in America as the greatest country on earth. President Obama, on the other hand, often favors a more citizen-of-the-world approach over a strictly American identity, and he’s taken some shots at American exceptionalism (and, there’s evidence that he’s at least tried to portray himself as a more worldly, exotic, cosmopolitan type of individual at some point in his life). I really think that’s all Mitt Romney was going for here. And secondly, Team Obama, don’t act like you wouldn’t welcome a birther-revival as the next big easily-ridiculed distraction-from-the-economy. His campaign sent out this missive after the event:

“Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”

But hey, they’re all about making it a big joke with their official Obama campaign merchandise:

There’s really no way to make the conspiracy about President Obama’s birth certificate completely go away, so we might as well laugh at it — and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke. Get your Obama birth certificate Made in the USA mug today.

Yes, exactly — it was a joke, merely meant to illustrate that Romney is all about America, all the time. That is all. Have we all really drunk so much of the Political-Correctness Kool-Aid that we can’t have a little laugh about the whole thing?