Graham is out
South Carolina is once again in the presidential primary news. With its “first in the South” presidential preference primary just 2 months away, South Carolina’s Senator Lindsey Graham has dropped out of the race. Graham, from Central, South Carolina (where I used to live) was one of the rare uncontestable natural born citizens in the Republican race.
Gowdy is cornered
Meanwhile my esteemed1 Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is supporting Marco Rubio. Gowdy got cornered by one of those new Rubio birthers at an event in Spartanburg, South Carolina, who pressed the point that, according to him, a natural born citizen must have parents born in the US. Gowdy responded “it depends on what you mean” by natural born citizen. This video is played as admission by Gowdy that Rubio and Cruz are not eligible. I would not characterize it that way.
Indeed, Gowdy wrote in a letter to me:
Like you, I believe the Constitution must be our nation’s guiding document, including its provisions specifying the requirements that must be met for an individual to hold the office of President. President Obama was qualified to run for this office by the Federal Election Commission, and courts have dismissed all lawsuits challenging his status as a natural born citizen of the United States. As such, I believe President Obama to be the legitimately elected leader of our nation.
Karma is a bitch
I don’t want to make too much of the irony, but folks in the Republican party who tolerated the birthers no find it coming around to bite them. Lindsey Graham is a another notable exception, having said that the Obama birthers were “crazy” and writing to a constituent:
Every child born in the United States is a natural-born United States citizen except for the children of diplomats.
1I use the word “esteemed” sometimes sincerely and sometimes sarcastically.