On Monday night’s edition of “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews talked about putting the birth certificate controversy surrounding President Obama to rest.

“Why has the president himself not demanded they put out the original documents?” Matthews wonders.

“If it exists, why not put it out?” Chris Matthews asks.

via RealClearPolitics – Video – Chris Matthews: Why Doesn’t Obama Just Release The Birth Certificate?.

So he’s just three years late to the party, but he’s finally asking the right question and making the point that “birthers” have made from the beginning. Obama has NOT released his original long form birth certificate, he’s only released a copy of the document that indicates a birth certificate exists. That copy does not contain enough information to settle any questions about Obama’s birth, parentage or religion.

Chris seems to finally have understood this, after three years of ridiculing “birthers.”

Funny how that works. I wonder what set him off? Was it Obama’s supposed lurch to the right since the election?