Tardy though they are, we welcome MSNBC to finally joining every major conservative news outlet -- including Fox News, The American Spectator, Human Events, National Review and Sweetness & Light -- in discrediting the idea that President Obama wasn't born in this country and, therefore, is ineligible to be president.
Now the big question: Was Joe Biden born on this planet?
Inasmuch as the "birther" movement was hatched in the station wagon of MSNBC's favorite left-wing fantasist, Larry Johnson, maybe the mainstream media can stop acting as if it's a creation of the Republican National Committee.
Which party contains 99 percent of the people who believe (or believed):
-- O.J. is innocent;
-- Bush shirked his National Guard duty;
-- Sarah Palin's infant child, Trig, was actually the child of her daughter;
-- Justice Antonin Scalia threw the 2000 election to Bush so that his son could get a legal job with the Labor Department;
-- The spectacularly guilty Mumia Abu-Jamal was framed;
-- The Diebold Corp. secretly stole thousands of Kerry votes in 2004;
-- Duke lacrosse players gang-raped a stripper;
-- Bill Clinton did not have sex with "that woman";
-- Heterosexuals are just as likely to contract AIDS as gays;
-- John Edwards didn't have an affair with Rielle Hunter;
-- John Edwards' campaign aide Andrew Young is the father of Rielle Hunter's child.
And as has been recently noted, a 2007 Rasmussen poll showed that 35 percent of Democrats believe Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, while 26 percent aren't sure ...
Another favorite MSNBC guest, Janeane Garofalo, believes Enron's Ken Lay faked his own death. It's weird that Keith Olbermann didn't ask her about that when she was on his show a couple of months ago, given his sudden interest in stamping out conspiracy theories.
Also trying to revive his failing TV show, MSNBC'S Chris Matthews has been denouncing the birthers on "Hardball" nightly and demanding that every elected Republican who appears on his show do the same.
How many times has Matthews forced Democratic officeholders to denounce Al Sharpton for the Tawana Brawley hoax? Or for that matter, how many times has he forced Sharpton -- a frequent guest on his show -- to admit the case was a fraud?
Sharpton has veto power over all Democratic presidential candidates. Even Al Gore, a former vice president of the United States, was required to kiss Sharpton's ring.
If there ever comes a time when Republican presidential candidates have to get the blessing of the head of the birther movement to run, I'll say: I'm wrong -- Republicans do have as many conspiracy nuts as the Democrats.