Is John McCain an Alien?

I’™m told he sprung from the union of a Klingon and a human, and that is the reason he’™s in favor of reforming the illegal immigration laws. Oh, this isn’™t the Democrats attacking him, but the wingers putting forth a stupid legal attack. Let them be stupid and, I hope, the Democrats will leave this ‘œissue’ alone.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

homeJust look at the way he moves his arms. He’™s hunched a bit, his suit bunches at the shoulders, and his letft arm and its movements remind you of someone who just doesn’™t move like a human. OK, I can’™t go on with this much longer. Sure, I’™m reminded of Bob Dole’™s war injury when I see John McCain on the campaign trail, but that doesn’™t mean he’™s an alien (the picture there is of McCain as a baby in his grandfather’™s arms). Indeed, I think this is a bogus issue, though it is being reported by the New York Times that John McCain has hired robust counsel to research the constitution on the notion of whether his birth in the Panama Canal Zone makes him ineligible for the Presidency. Here’™s a couple paragraphs from the New York Times:

Mr. McCain’™s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a ‘œnatural-born citizen’ can hold the nation’™s highest office.

Almost since those words were written in 1787 with scant explanation, their precise meaning has been the stuff of confusion, law school review articles, whisper campaigns and civics class debates over whether only those delivered on American soil can be truly natural born. To date, no American to take the presidential oath has had an official birthplace outside the 50 states.

‘œThere are powerful arguments that Senator McCain or anyone else in this position is constitutionally qualified, but there is certainly no precedent,’ said Sarah H. Duggin, an associate professor of law at Catholic University who has studied the issue extensively. ‘œIt is not a slam-dunk situation.’

Mr. McCain was born on a military installation in the Canal Zone, where his mother and father, a Navy officer, were stationed. His campaign advisers say they are comfortable that Mr. McCain meets the requirement and note that the question was researched for his first presidential bid in 1999 and reviewed again this time around.

But given mounting interest, the campaign recently asked Theodore B. Olson, a former solicitor general now advising Mr. McCain, to prepare a detailed legal analysis. ‘œI don’™t have much doubt about it,’ said Mr. Olson, who added, though, that he still needed to finish his research.

I need to mention again that I don’™t see this as an issue, and I’™m astounded that the McCain people see it as an issue enough to hire Ted Olson. That’™s a waste of campaign dollars if you ask me, and that equals a mark against John McCain’™s management skills. Be that as it may, it is important to note that no Democrat that I can find thinks this is an issue, but the Republicans? That’™s a different matter. They’™re talking about it over on Free Republic, and the Ron Paul folks have been salivating over the issue as well. There’™s even a column about the issue at the right wing web site What a bunch of conservative infighting crap.

I say Democrats should let this issue remain with the Republicans. It is a complete nonissue, but let them whine and argue and litigate. I guarantee if this were to go so far as the Supreme Court the Supremes, strict constructionists though they be, will rule for John McCain, as they should. This is, as Barack Obama has said concerning other issues, ‘œsilly season’ stuff, and if the Republicans want to attack their own candidates bvased on stupid issues, let them go at it.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

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