Tampa 2012: The Birthers Cometh (With Video)

David Lipinoga, a Republican town committeeman from Amherst, New York, isn’t a delegate at the Republic National Convention. He’s here to sell stuff—specifically, an Angry Birds-style Android game called “Angry Patriots and Pinheads” that’s designed to educate users on the radicalism of President Obama. Here, you can even watch a demo. But, as I found out when I talked to him on Monday outside the press filing center in Tampa, he’s also got some…interesting thoughts about President Obama’s real name, Social Security number, and place of birth:

One more example why Mitt Romney’s birther joke in Michigan last Friday was almost certainly not a gaffe; plenty of conservatives still believe this stuff and Romney wants their votes.

Music by Mike Smirnoff.

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