I’m not talking about the end of the world predicted by the Mayan Calendar; that’s a different fringe belief. I’m talking about some plausible political scenarios that could play out in the 2012 election:
- A Democratic presidential candidate could arise in the primary season and sue (in state court) to keep Obama off the ballot due to ineligibility.
- Arizona or some other state could pass a “proof of eligibility” law that would end up certifying candidates that did appear on the presidential ballot. Obama qualifies and someone sues in state court to overturn the decision (standing rules are different in state court).
- A birther congressman and a birther senator could file a written objection to the count of the votes of the Electoral College and the Congress would hold hearings on Obama’s eligibility culminating in a vote.
I could see a quick appeal to the Supreme Court on the first two.
Let’s say the Supreme Court did rule Obama eligible in scenarios 1 and 2, and an overwhelming number of congressmen affirmed the election in scenario 3. Would this spell the end of the birther movement!?!? Naaah.