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Because Even Wackos Get Their Day In Court

by @ 4:13 pm on December 4, 2008. Filed under Barack Obama, Dumbasses, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Politics

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will discuss in private one of the many lawsuits out there regarding Barack Obama’s status as a natural born citizen:

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama’s election.

The meeting of justices will coincide with a vigil by the filer’s supporters in Washington on the steps of the nation’s highest court.

The suit originally sought to stay the election, and was filed on behalf of Leo Donofrio against New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.

Legal experts say the appeal has little chance of succeeding, despite appearing on the court’s schedule. Legal records show it is only the tip of an iceberg of nationwide efforts seeking to derail Obama’s election over accusations that he either wasn’t born a U.S. citizen or that he later renounced his citizenship in Indonesia.


The remaining case with the highest profile is Donofrio vs. Wells. Because it was referred by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to other justices for conference, it gained undue importance for people unschooled in how the court works, [UCLA Law Professor Eugene] Volokh said.

Many petitioners seeking stays of pending events have their cases distributed to the full court, he said. Of those, Volokh found that 782 were denied in the last eight years while just 60 were heard—and not all of those ultimately were successful.

Given that the legal and factual merit of these cases is pretty much non-existent, I fully expect that the Court will deny the request for a Writ of Certiorari, meaning that the case will be dead.

Ed Morrissey laments the fact that we’re still addressing this nonsense:

The state of Hawaii has repeatedly insisted that their records show Obama was born in Hawaii, as the Certificate of Live Birth states.  The COLB would get any Hawaii native an American passport with no questions asked, even without the official endorsement of the Republican governor and her Department of Health.  There is even a contemporaneous birth announcement in a local paper confirming it.

I’m sure the comments section will fill with various conspiracy theories over Indonesian school records, Kenyan births, and so on.  None of it — absolutely none — has any real, solid evidence showing that Obama was born anywhere else than Hawaii apart from sheer speculation and hearsay, and even less evidence that Obama’s stepfather renounced Obama’s birthright citizenship, which he didn’t have the power to do anyway.  It’s a conspiracy theory spun by conspiracy theorists (Philip Berg is a 9/11 truther) who use their normal thresholds of evidence for this meme.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court can’t kill the conspiracy theories.  It can only kill the lawsuits, which is what they will almost certainly do tomorrow when they meet.

My guess is that the Obama-is-not-a-citizen conspiracy theory, along with it’s companion theory that the President-Elect is a “secret Muslim, will continue to be believed by the conspiracy nuts who are pushing it at this point, just as the same type of people pushed theories about Bill Clinton running drugs out of Mena, Arkansas and surrendering America to United Nations troops in black helicopters continued to circulate for the entire eight years that he was President.

They were lies, this is a lie, and this is hopefully one of the last times we’ll hear about this nonsense.

3 Responses to “Because Even Wackos Get Their Day In Court”

  1. Joseph Breitling says:

    “This is a lie”? How dumb. If it’s so false how come Obama has avoided it? What’s he hiding?

    The more I read about this the more awful the situation looks. Have you really looked at the evidence? It’s very compelling.
    A “Certificate of Live Birth” is not the same as a “Birth Certificate” and in no way indicates WHERE a person was born; neither does a birth announcement in a newspaper.

    Let’s settle this. *I* want to settle this. Where’s Obama? What’s he done to settle this? The same nothing that he’s done for all his illegal alien relatives.

    Let’s discuss this openly, calmly, and without calling any names. Calling a group “wackos” in this day and age is a way of saying “these people have ideas that I don’t want you to think about.”

    But we HAVE to think about these ideas. Let’s put it all on the table, shall we?

  2. Joseph,

    These questions have been answered to the satisfaction of rational persons.

    Ask yourself this question — if there was any merit to this story, don’t you think the Clinton’s and their surrogates would have run with it during the primaries ?

    The fact that they stayed away from it is strong circumstantial evidence that it’s all bullshit.

    The fact that 9/11 Truthers like Philip Berg and gadfly’s like Alan Keyes are the ones pushing this is further evidence that it’s all totally insane.

  3. ew says:

    This is the sort of theory that, even if proven true, the leftist illuminati will still figure out a way for him to be president.

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