In this writer’s humble opinion, nothing is happening on the Birther front in New Hampshire despite headlines on Birther web sites such as the Post & Email. Rather than the “Shot Heard Around the World,” I think a better analogy for the Birther challenge to Obama’s inclusion on the NH primary ballot as “the fart heard around the room” – unpleasant, smelly, but of no lasting consequence.
The fundamental difference between New Hampshire and Georgia is that the law in New Hampshire says that the Elections Commission decision is final and cannot be reviewed by a court, hence, the NH Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge from a handful of Birther legislators. In Georgia, the law says any voter can challenge the eligibility of a candidate. It’s all so very simple.
Part of the Legislators’ grievance is over an irrelevant technicality. According to them, a naturalized citizen was barred from the ballot in New Hampshire in 2007. They believe that the Elections Commission should have made eligibility discrimination in the case of Obama also. I believe that the Commission was ready to do that, but when they asked for something more than rumors to show Obama wasn’t eligible, the Legislators said they had nothing. It was a poignant moment.
Despite those simple facts, publicity is served by fanning the fumes, and that’s what the concerned NH Legislators did by recounting to the NH Attorney General their rebuff by the NH Secretary of State. Nothing really happened.