The recent rants of Donald Trump, Palin and others over the politically expedient subject of Obama's birth certificate has become amusing and at the same time, ridiculous. Ask me for a long form certificate, I don't have one. I was born in Virginia in the 80's and you won't find a doctor's signature or anything like that. Want to question my citizenship? Go ahead.
The real thing behind this is you have a bunch of 50+ white folks who are in denial and shock that this is no longer a nation of WASPs. They're scared to death that in just a decade or more, white people will no longer be the majority in this country. You really don't see any black, latino or asian "birthers" now do you? It's really just white people, that's about it. They're freaked the hell out that a black liberal is now in the White House. A scared, angry and confused voting bloc? That's any political party's wet dream, if only they knew how to tap into it.
That's where Republicans specialize, especially corporate interests and their PACs. By harnessing the fear of change, they've put all of their eggs in one basket. The thing is, that's all they've got.