Remember when a guy who wasn’t born in America was running for President?
During the 2008 campaign, questions about John McCain’s birth in the Panama Canal Zone on a U.S. military base prompted some to ask whether McCain was eligible to be president, since the Constitution stipulates that anyone not born in the United States is not eligible to be president.
Amid a flurry of news reports, McCain’s own campaign announced in February 2008 that it was conducting an investigation. When a bipartisan pair of lawyers announced the following month that McCain was indeed eligible, the issue virtually died–apart from a Senate resolution that pretty much laid the question to rest by attesting to the facts surrounding McCain’s birth and citizenship.
But the winner of the 2008 election, Barack Obama, has faced a relentless campaign questioning his U.S. citizenship–and thereby the legitimacy of his presidency–that has disregarded the facts.
This jogged my memory of Andrew Sullivan’s frequent, intense and bracing calls for an investigation into McCain’s citizenship, his howls of scorn at the media who failed to do their part, and his questioning of McCain’s delay in providing a long-form birth certificate to clear the whole matter up.
Also, too: A Senate or House vote on Barack Hussein Obama II’s birth and citizenship would be very fucking interesting right about now.