Berg vs Obama: the Ultimate October Surprise?

Hrm… what if the front-runner for President turned out not to be a citizen?

Apoplexy awaits, coming tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

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  1. convivialdingo

     /  October 14, 2008

    Why would anyone go this far knowing that they were ineligible? Oy vey…

  2. I read an article a while ago laying out an argument that McCain technically isn’t one either (some technicality having to do with when those born in Panama during a certain date range); I think the real answer is folks’ll ignore it. The constitution isn’t as important to people as “common sense”.

  3. Anna

     /  October 15, 2008

    Jim- and that shouldn’t worry me?

  4. Oh, I think it quite worrisome, frankly.

  5. Zathras

     /  October 15, 2008

    This is at least the 4th case on this exact issue. It’s pure conspiracy theory–nothing to substantiate it.

  6. convivialdingo

     /  October 15, 2008

    The only common sense thing here is that both candidates have one or both parents who were US citizens at the time of their birth.

    I believe, that essentially there are only two “definitions” (for lack of better term) for US citizenship – “natural born” and “naturalized.” Clearly, to be president you must be “natural born.”

    It has been a legislative law since the 1st legislative session that children born abroad to American citizens are “natural born” or (later 1795)”considered as citizens.”

    The facts are that the First Congress interpreted jus sanguinis (by blood) the same as “natural born” citizen. They had no issue enacting that legislation – largely because they were the almost the same body that framed, ratified, and/or voted for the constitution.

    And lastly – it’s Congress who has the final acceptance of a presidential elect to be President.

  7. Happycrow

     /  October 15, 2008

    Zathras, I’d ordinarily be inclined to agree that it’s a harassment suit… but why was it allowed forward into discovery?

    Anyhoo, dunno. If it *did* turn out to have some basis, it’d be the worst case of “not vetting” I’ve ever heard of.

  8. Zathras

     /  October 15, 2008

    It hasn’t gone to discovery. Obama and the Democrats have moved to stay discovery, and a response to the motion was filed. The motion to dismiss is pending as well. The judge hasn’t ruled on anything yet, except to deny the Plaintiff’s request for a TRO.


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