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    I despise the S.O.B. but he is a US citizen. Quit digging yourself in deeper.

    You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.--Whoopi Goldberg

    by Libertaria on Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 03:07:12 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think we should pursue this, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      as a lawyer, there is an unsettled legal question here.
      The Constitution says that to be President you have to be a natural born citizen as of the date of the passage of the Constitution.
      Hence, a law passed by Congress in 1790 purportedly defining the term "natural born citizen" could not possibly have any impact on the meaning of that term in 1789, except perhaps as evidence of what the colonies understood the term to be when they ratified the Constitution in 1789.  Which is debatable.

      •  Founders (0+ / 0-)

        Hence, a law passed by Congress in 1790 purportedly defining the term "natural born citizen" could not possibly have any impact on the meaning of that term in 1789, except perhaps as evidence of what the colonies understood the term to be when they ratified the Constitution in 1789

        Which is a damn good guide, given that the 87 members of Congress in 1790 were largely drawn from the same pool of politicians which comprised the Constitutional Convention (which drafted the Constitution) and the legislatures of the States (which all ratified the Constitution).

        Not to mention the President which signed the bill.  You know, the guy who was also the President of the Constitutional Convention?

    •  US Citizen is NOT the Constitutional Test (0+ / 0-)

      and in any case, my main point is the optics of it for McCain, more than the actual legal jeopardy.

      •  ... and the optics favor McCain. (2+ / 0-)
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        Seriously, how much know-how would a GOP operative need to make this look like a left-wing veteran-smearing campaign? He was born on a U.S. ARMY BASE. (Okay, maybe he was born in a local hospital - to a father who was stationed at the nearby U.S. ARMY BASE.)

        Denny Crane: But if he supports a law, and then agrees to let it lapse ... then that would make him ...

        Shirley Schmidt: A Democrat.

        by Jyrinx on Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 03:15:07 PM PDT

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