Brian Resnick has a roundup of all the crazy rumors that are eagerly and widely propagated in conservative circles. I suspect two causes for this absurdity. I think that the internet has enabled these crazy rumors to gain much wider currency than before. And the fact that Barack Obama is not white means that there is a solid core of racists who would like nothing better than to believe bad things about him.
We may laugh at the nuttiness but what is alarming is that there will be a considerable number of people who will believe them and circulate them. And thanks to John Rogers, we know that the exact number of people in this group is 27% of the population, also known as the ‘crazification factor’.
In fact, I hesitated to link to this article because adding to its awareness only increases the likelihood that these crazies will think it is real, using the ‘no smoke without fire’ argument.