The birthers may get a second bite at the apple… and the last laugh depending upon who the V.P. pick is.
Reading this article on Marco Rubio, it occurs to me that the Democrats, who started the whole birther thing though nobody ever remembers it that way (the Clintons lit that match during the primary), may challenge whoever the pick is, because I’d bet my last dollar it will be a politically correct minority in order to kneecap Obama’s certain playing of the race card. That’s not to say Bam won’t use it anyway, but an “ethnic” V.P. will add a helpful strain of incredulity to every card in his deck.
The really hard core birthers assert that because Obama’s dad was a British citizen at the time of birth, and his mother was not yet the age of majority, his citizenship is British. They keep pointing to this SCOTUS precedent of Minor v Happersett that supposedly settled it, and I can see their point, but I can’t get past the whole “anchor baby” problem inherent in it. In order to believe that their argument is sound, you would then have to believe that every baby born on American soil not of two parents who are citizens, is not a “natural born citizen” and that’s millions of precedents literally walking around… I just don’t see how you can get past that. There’s paper law, then there’s law with “lungs” – millions of them, living and breathing, with rights. How do you strip them of them?
I just don’t know how it would all work, but I’m not a lawyer, I have the added complication of having Asperger’s which makes me very literal, and given to huge misses. I’ve been known to miss BIG on things that are obvious to others, so I’ve long ago stopped be so damned certain about everything.