Following on the heels of this blog’s move to new hosting, Reality Check Radio has also moved to new digs at WordPress.com, and its most recent article (as is a recent one by me) is about Mario Apuzzo. RC’s article is Mario: Time to Putz up or shut up, and it makes the modest suggestion that Mario Apuzzo offer to represent Charles Tisdale in his appeal of a loss in the Virginia District Court of a case challenging Obama’s eligibility. It would be a perfect venue for Mr. Apuzzo to argue his two-citizen parent theory because the judge used a definition of natural born citizen as part of the rational for dismissing the case!
Here’s what Apuzzo said about Tisdale v. Obama:
This decision consists of an Order of 2 and ½ pages, a good part of which addresses the standard to be applied on a motion to dismiss and for the pro se plaintiff to qualify as a pauper. Woodman fails to tell us that the court cited Wong Kim Ark to support its statement: “It is well settled that those born in the United States are considered natural born citizens.” Again, Wong’s holding is not about a “natural born Citizen” so I have no idea how the court finds what is says to be “well settled.” Tisdale did not engage in any reasoned and thoughtful legal and historical analysis of the “natural born Citizen” issue. Furthermore, none of the other cases cited by the Tisdale court support its position that a “natural born Citizen” includes a child born in the United States, regardless of the citizenship of his or her parents.
Even if Tisdale lacked standing to bring the suit in the first place, the Circuit Court of Appeals will have to say whether or not the District court was in error when it dismissed on those grounds, before it dismisses on other grounds. We’ll just have to wait and see if Mr. Apuzzo (and the other Birther leadership) will leave Mr. Tisdale twisting in the wind, or whether he will get some professional help.
We also have a debate upcoming on Reality Check Radio between Scott Erlandson (for the Birthers) and Frank Arduini (for the anti-Birthers). This is going to be a real formal debate with real rules. The date is next Tuesday, February 21, at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard (US) time.
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