Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Foreign intelligence

So, Ted Cruz, Canadian, for POTUS?

Fo' real, according to the National Review Online.

This gushing piece does not raise the issue of Cruz's Canadian birth until the 13th paragraph, and then dismissively:

Cruz isn’t worried that his birth certificate will be a problem. Though he was born in Canada, he and his advisers are confident that they could win any legal battle over his eligibility. Cruz’s mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born, and he considers himself to be a natural-born citizen.
Unlike that other guy, the one from Kenya. Why isn't he also a "natural-born citizen," since his mother was a U.S. citizen?

Now, it's true that National Review has been uneasy with Obama birtherism, but you cannot say the same about the Republican Party as a whole. Some polls show a majority of Republicans believe Obama was not born in the United States.

I don't necessarily believe those polls are precise, but they are, hmmmm, suggestive. How far wrong could they possibly be?

That rightwing nutcases think Cruz's Canadian birth would not be a problem sort of proves the embedded racism of today's GOP, doesn't it? Whoever Cruz's father was, it would be a stretch to speculate that he was an African-American Communist.

RtO was not the first and is far from the only observer to see a new Joe McCarthy in Cruz. A reach for the Oval Office from a Senate career of thin achievement would be another parallel.

A dismissive attitude toward the original intent of the Constitution would be another.

If NRO is accurate. RtO will not vouch for that.

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