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Will birthers be the albatross around the Cruz candidacy?

imageIt’s official today. Ted Cruz is running for president. The Canadian-born Cruz, with only one U. S. Citizen parent, is blatantly ineligible to the office–if you buy into what the birthers have been saying since late 2008.

Cruz seems to be going for the politically far right by announcing his candidacy at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. How much of that far right crowd will write him off because they think him ineligible? YouGov conducted a poll in August of 2013 and found:

… more than half of Republicans (53%) would [theoretically] disqualify Texas Senator Ted Cruz from the Presidency on principle.  Cruz was born in Canada to a mother who was an American citizen, while his father was not.   But fewer than one in four Republicans think Cruz was born outside the country; only 10% know his mother was a citizen and his father was not.

Clearly the Cruz camp doesn’t think this issue is a show stopper. I personally think that those who make such a racket over their idiosyncratic definition of “natural born citizen” will readily cast principle aside, and vote based on other considerations, and justify it, if at all, by “if Obama can get away with it…”

In a sense the Cruz controversy takes us back to late 2008 when the first eligibility brief with the two-citizen parent theory appeared.  The Supreme Court has refused to hear any of the appeals of these cases, even one this past week, I believe because the issue is settled. Eleven courts ruled the same way, and as federal district judge Gibney said, the question for those born in the country is “well settled.” The same cannot be said for the foreign-born Cruz. While a majority of contemporary authorities seem to conclude that foreign-born citizens at birth are natural born citizens, there is no legal precedent such as US v. Wong to settle the matter. I myself had a very difficult time deciding this question, eventually coming down on the side of “natural born citizen” = “citizen at birth.”

And so we come full circle back to Professor George Gordon’s 1968 scenario for adjudicating the definition of “natural born citizen.” To get this into court and on track for the Supreme Court will take a viable candidate suing Cruz to keep him from being nominated by the Republican Party.

Meanwhile, birthers pleading for legitimacy, take every joke from liberals about Cruz eligibility as justification for their joke of a movement, for example this comment from 1600_Penn:

How can these libtards be conveniently ignorant about Barry, yet appear to have some semblance of understanding about the birth certificate issue when it comes to Cruz?

MAYBE justice IS coming through the back door.

They are setting their own traps!! I do love me some Karma.

Boo yeah!


John Dummett, Jr. for President

imagePrompted by a comment here on the blog, I did a little looking around and found indeed that John Dummett, Jr. has declared himself a candidate for President, and has a page at “The Politics and Governance Portal.” You might want to read the page, that concludes:

With strong right-wing policies that are tenacious and ultimately uncompromising, John Dummet (sic), Jr belongs to a class of strict conservative candidates likely to appeal to voters with traditional values, but at the potential cost of finding moderates unsympathetic to their message.

I gather that Dummett pronounces his name dew-MAY.

The page is also interesting for its list of potential Republican candidates for President in 2016, 64 of them.

Sheriff Joe launches re-election campaign

In an email to supporters today, Sheriff Joe Arpaio wrote:

image[A]s one of my most loyal supporters and friends over the years, I wanted you to hear it from me first.

After much thought, prayers and talks with my loving wife, Ava, I have decided to run for re-election for Sheriff.

Naturally, since it was a fundraising letter, he can’t do it without lots of money. It will be an uphill battle against an array of daunting forces:

Al Sharpton, George Lopez, Linda Ronstadt and a gaggle of other celebrity lefties are using their Hollywood megaphone to slander my name and reputation.

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Sheriff Joe begs for money to defend reputation


… dangerous criminals, drug cartels and illegal aliens threaten the lives of Americans every day. But because Sheriff Joe just wants to enforce the law…he’s the extreme one. 

… Your donation will go towards defending Sheriff Joe’s record on television and print media.

That’s the pitch in a new email sent to potential donors by Citizens for Sheriff Joe.

If you click on the Donate image above, you end up on a page that looks like this:



Note the web site: is just a parked domain at GoDaddy.


The address of the group is that of Coleman Dahm & Associates, a political consulting firm (client list).

Birther boomerang

I consider this a very important article because without this article and the information following, the “Mailbox 11/7/2014” article would just stay at the top of the blog and I don’t think anybody wants that. I would really rather flip the page to something else.

The boomerang is the birther theory of the meaning of “natural born citizen,” a theory consistently rejected by legal scholars and the courts. The idea that a US President must be born in the United States of two US citizen parents was cooked up to try to make Barack Obama seem ineligible, and the boomerang returning is the effect this may have on certain conservative presidential hopefuls. In a poll this past May, a fairly significant number of potential voters believe it, and I wonder whether any Republican candidate can receive the presidential nomination who was born outside the United States, or has a non-US-citizen parent.

The occasion is a new article at Gerbil Report™ by Paul Hollrah titled “No, Ted Cruz is Not Eligible to be President.” Hollrah singles out more potential candidates than just Cruz—here’s his take on things:

Ted Cruz Born in Canada, foreign father
Bobby Jindal Born in US, two foreign national parents
Marco Rubio Born in US, two foreign national parents
Rick Santorum Born in US, foreign father

I don’t know whether Santorum’s father, who was born in Italy, was a naturalized citizen or not when Rick Santorum was born, but for the purpose of this discussion it doesn’t matter because we’re not really talking about facts but rumors. Have the birthers poisoned the well for these 4 potential presidential candidates? In a remotely close primary race, the birther nonsense seems to be something that would decide it against them. The disinformation factor was well-stated by the polling company, YouGov, who wrote:

That means more than half of Republicans (53%) would disqualify Texas Senator Ted Cruz from the Presidency on principle.  Cruz was born in Canada to a mother who was an American citizen, while his father was not.   But fewer than one in four Republicans think Cruz was born outside the country; only 10% know his mother was a citizen and his father was not.

imageSome suggest that my Senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, will be a candidate for President in 2016. I can just see him running against Hillary Clinton. The whole race would be about Benghazi. Ugh!

Why is Clinton smiling?

The new political balance

After a long night’s sleep recovering from a long day working the polls, I awoke this morning to news of a Republican House and a Republican Senate majority starting next year.

Birthers believe that just about everybody knows deep down, and that everybody includes members of Congress, that Barack Obama’s biography is false and his identity documents are fakes. If that is truly the case, then what is to prevent those in Congress, the majority of whom are not of the President’s party, from holding investigations, passing resolutions and even starting impeachment proceedings against the President based on those beliefs of identity fraud? I can see nothing blocking such outcomes except the falsity of the birthers’ underlying premise that people in Congress believe the nonsense birther conspiracy theories.

I do not know what the effect of new voter ID laws has had on this election. All the votes in South Carolina have not been tallied, but so far it is the lowest voter turnout in any election for which the South Carolina Elections Commission provides data (since 1984). At my precinct, every voter had an ID, but publicity about the law may have kept others from trying. Whatever the cause, most South Carolinians did not vote yesterday, something that has happened only one other time since 1984. We turned away two voters, neither of whom was registered to vote. Lines were not long and even at peak times, I doubt that anyone waited more than 15 minutes.

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