One of the most ridiculous and yet most telling phenomenons currently infecting the modern GOP is its willingness to latch on to all sorts of half-baked conspiracy theories about Barack Obama -- the most popular of which continues to be that he's not, in fact, an American citizen. (The number of times this crap has been thoroughly debunked is inconsequential apparently.) I've written about this before, taking the media to task for not immediately repudiating anyone who continues to spout idiocy like the "birther" rumor -- the kind of thing for which there's just zero basis in fact and which is designed solely to stoke the paranoia of the lowest common denominator among the conservative base.
Well, I never thought I'd say this, but God bless Chris Matthews for doing just that a couple of nights ago on MSNBC.
(About the picture: Can't you just picture Matthews as the evil "Mr. Hyde" Tweety, menacing his victim, Rep. John Campbell of California, with a throaty, "You bad old putty-tat!")