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This is precisely why the Birther imbroglio could be so harmful to the GOP. If Birthers are portrayed as backward, hateful, and racist, and Democrats and liberals can make "Birther" synonymous with "Republican" then who will want to call themselves Republicans? The risk isn't just being seen as taking the minority side of an opinion, it's to be seen as a lunatic or racist.
"If" Birthers can be portrayed as nuts.
Like it's uncertain.
Since when has being a racist been a problem for a Republican? Wait, I figured it out as I wrote that sentence.
Being racist is fine, and often required.
Being called a racist = The Holocaust.