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Does it bother you that Donald Trump has taken to the airwaves again with his "birther" speech that President Obama was born in Kenya? You'd think that when the president himself finally gave in and requested that Hawaii release his "long form birth certificate" -- which it did -- to prove he was born in America and, therefore, eligible to be president, the birther book would be closed. But no, "The Donald" is back with a vengeance beating the drum that Barack Obama is a Kenyan-born socialist who can't be trusted.
This latest round of birtherism might be dismissed if: (1) major news outlets would ignore Trump, and (b) if GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would tell Trump to stand down. Neither of those things is happening because the birther story gets ratings (especially when Wolf Blitzer gets into a smackdown with Trump about it) and Romney is hoping it will get him some votes -- and some campaign cash.
While Romney has said he believes President Obama is an American citizen, he has not asked his surrogates to back away from the story that some GOP operatives must believe will help Romney in November. The Romney campaign is even offering an evening with the candidate AND Donald Trump for a small contribution, taking a page from the Obama playbook.
Romney is engaging in a dangerous dance that will most likely win support from the uber-conservatives who will do just about anything to win the White House back. But it's a dangerous roll of the dice with the moderate Republicans and independent voters he'll need.
Romney might want to listen to the voice of his dearly departed pup, Seamus -- if you lie down with dogs, you might end up with more than their fleas.
You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!