Crackpot controversy, you say. He’s been accepted as a U.S. citizen.
But here’s the thing: The United States Supreme Court officially takes up the issue of whether to ponder whether Obama can become president in formal discussions today in Washington.
What? Yup! A similar case was thrown out earlier this fall, but Justice Clarence Thomas distributed the legal papers in Donofrio vs Wells to his court colleagues for legal conference today.
Hardly anyone thinks the case has a serious chance of….
Similar conspiracy efforts were mounted over John McCain having been born in a U.S. naval hospital in the Panama Canal Zone where his father was stationed. They too might well have proceeded had the Arizonan won on Nov. 4.
But just think what would happen if the court did consider blocking Obama’s inauguration, with the world already having congratulated him and Obama’s Cabinet half-formed, not to mention him already having resigned from the Senate. Oops.
Our blogging colleague Frank James over at the Swamp has pulled together considerable material on the controversy:
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Friday whether to take up a case over president-elect Barack Obama’s citizenship — one of a few around the country seeking to nullify his election, but this one has an interesting lineage. It was referred to the high court by Justice Clarence Thomas, the court’s only African-American justice.
Maybe Thomas is just returning the favor — putting through a case that questions whether Obama should be president, after Obama said he wouldn’t have picked Thomas for the high court.
The suit filed against New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells contests Obama’s claims to citizenship and therefore to the presidency and initially sought to stay the election. Alan Keyes, who was defeated by Obama in a race for the U.S. Senate in 2004, has filed a similar suit.
During the campaign, a copy of Obama’s birth certificate was posted on his website, showing that he was born in Hawaii. A petition to stop the Electoral College from confirming Obama as the next president has been rejected by Justice David Souter.
Legal experts say the case has little chance of going anywhere.
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