A few days after its main sponsor met with Donald Trump, Arizona’s “birther bill” has passed the state Senate. The bill requires a sworn statement confirming the candidates residents and… drum roll… (sorry for the caps):
A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE’S LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE THAT INCLUDES AT LEAST THE DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH, THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATE’S MOTHER AND FATHER, INCLUDING INFORMATION SUFFICIENT TO DETERMINE THE CITIZENSHIP OF BOTH PARENTS, THE NAMES OF THE HOSPITAL AND THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN, IF APPLICABLE, AND SIGNATURES OF ANY WITNESSES IN ATTENDANCE.
That’s for every candidate, so only Donald Trump can qualify for the ballot as of right now. This has been written so that Barack Obama’s certificate of live birth, which does not include the name of the hospital and attending physician, does not count.
In other words, if this becomes law in Arizona, President Obama cannot be on the ballot in 2012 in that state. That would more or less become a Constitutional nightmare even if Obama won the general election and the electoral college, because he would not be eligible for the office of President according to Arizona law. But hey, if enough states pass birther laws and Obama’s unable to be on the ballot in those states, we’re going to have a hell of a problem here.
I still say it’s just a matter of time til a Serious Person uses triple reverse contrarianism to dip his toes in the birther water, e.g. “now I believe Obama was born in this country and that this is a real certificate of live birth, but there are certain irregularities blah blah blah and not all of these much-mocked `birther’ are the lunatics the media makes them out to be.” My money’s on Charles Lane who did this with “death panels” last year.