TTLF: Grey Lady Wonders If McCain Is Eligible To Be President

Back on February 8th, I posted about the nexty lefty meme being that McCain is not eligible to be President because he was born at Coco Solo Air Base in the Panama Canal Zone, August 29, 1936. Now, the New York Times jumps in with one of those “we are just wondering for the sake of journalistic integrity” type stories, that never truly answers the question

The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.

“There 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. “It is not a slam-dunk situation.”

Yes, it is a slam dunk situation, as I point out in my previous post. “The Panama Canal Zone was a U.S. Territory from 1903 to 1979 (thanks, Carter!), so, any person born there was automatically considered a U.S. citizen.” And that person would be considered a natural born citizen, making them eligible to be President. That’s The Law. Nice try, Grey Lady! You would think they could use the Interwebz for 10 minutes and find the same damned information. The probably did, they are just ignoring it. At least they didn’t put it on the front page like the “McCain had an affair” crap.

Doug at Below The Beltway easily dug the information up. So does Steve at Sweetness & Light. And Betsy Newmark. Macsmind.

Dan Riehl, Jammie Wearing Fool, PattericoCaptain Ed, and Mary Katherine Hamm also call “Bullshit!” The Gun Toting Liberal doesn’t. The Group News Blog falls for it hook, line and sinker. See more at Memeorandum.

Many at the DU are calling BS on this as well. And one has an interesting point:

ctaylors6 11. Interestingly, if Obama had been born a few years earlier he’d have almost same situation…Hawaii was US territory until became state in 1959. Obama was born in 1961.

Holy Crap! The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog couldn’t take 10 minutes to do some research and find the relevant law.

Right Voices: A non-issue, but the Times just wanted you to “think” about it.

BTW, this type of story is one of the reasons I patrol the hard lefty sites. You can see what they are going to try and get the Credentialed Media to cover.

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4 Comments

Comment by beth
2008-02-29 03:44:13

They are terrified of John McCain (and they should be). They are really grasping at straws to make this an issue. Its ridiculous.

I would think that Obama wouldn’t want to open this can of worms – considering that his father wasn’t a citizen and he wasn’t raised in the US. His eligibility is by the skin of his nails as it is. I know he’s eligible, but just barely.

I’m mostly impressed with how scared they are of McCain.

 
Comment by beth
2008-02-29 03:48:12

Oh – and he was born to parents who were serving the military at the time. That makes this an absolute non-issue. Its late and my mind is tired so I can’t think of what that’s called at the moment. But you’d have no military ppl serving overseas having babies if that meant their children weren’t citizens. That’s just ridiculous.

But like you said, even the leftards aren’t wanting to go there because they don’t want anyone shining that same light on the Obamessiah.

 
Comment by drstrangeloveb52isok
2008-02-29 19:50:42

The Death Star II crew votes in McCain so we can re-arm our B-52 with nukes and do fly overs in Iran, Syria and Moscow! Order that extra case of cool crisp bottled H2o for our bodily fluid intake Crewchief Chewbacca! “Mushroom clouds over the horizon and a beautiful day for all American conservatives in the 31 red States of America Teach!”

 
Comment by Al Czervic Subscribed to comments via email
2008-03-01 09:06:35

Every military base or naval station is a sovereign part of the United States, as are embassies.

The argument was pointless, scurrilous, and flat stupid on it’s face, designed to cast invalid aspersions on McCain.

Were there anything to the argument, it would have been made in 2000 when McCain last ran.

“They’re getting desperate out there — I can feel it”–Eddy Murphy — “Trading Places”

 

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