According to this piece by David Weigel, the McCain campaign — more specifically, its lawyers — looked into the Obama/birth certificate thing and couldn’t source the rumors to any factual evidence. Of course, the McCain team also found no truth to the rumor that there wasn’t a chance in hell they could win the election, so take the results of their Obama investigation for what it’s worth.
It’s probably as good a time as any to admit that I was also what they call a “birther.” No, not for Obama — for McCain. After it became clear that John McCain was going to be the Republican nominee, I did everything I could to try and prove that McCain wasn’t a natural born US citizen and therefore not eligible to be president — I failed, McCain was the nominee, and the GOP lost the White House big time.
Actually, according to Snopes, the issue of “John McCain does not qualify as a natural-born citizen of the U.S. because he was born in Panama” is considered to be of “undetermined” status. BUT, Snopes has determined the same accusation as it concerns Barack Obama to be “false.”
Frankly, I think Snopes.com is a hoax — and I only write that to see if I can get Snopes to create a page debunking the accusation.