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Leaders from Nowhere—and Everywhere

Milt37 Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 5:27 PM
Exactly the right reply, if you were brain-dead. Can you even read? Just wonderring...

This column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.

The two candidates for president share more than their Harvard Law degrees and their fiercely competitive instincts: both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney convey an odd but undeniable sense of rootlessness, bearing connections to so many different corners of the country that they don’t seem to originate from any place in particular.

That disconnect from any organic, regional identity has undoubtedly contributed to the ongoing “birther” insanity, with dedicated crackpots supplementing their long-standing challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born” citizen with new lawsuits claiming that Romney fails to qualify...