Congratulations to Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz for winning the GOP Iowa Caucuses, despite not being an Article II “natural born citizen.”
Please Cruzers, don’t launch a barrage of vicious tweets, Facebook posts and comments in my direction, as you have in the past. As I told you on last Sunday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, I am a great admirer of Sen. Cruz, a brilliant, articulate, courageous and passionate conservative. If it weren’t for my view that he is ineligible, a view that is not shared by every knowledgeable legal analyst who has considered it, I would be an enthusiastic supporter.
Last night when Sen. Cruz was making his victory speech, which went on way too long for my taste–note to Sen. Cruz–better to leave them wanting more, rather than looking at their watches, thinking “is this gasbag ever going to stop talking?”–he went over to his mother to thank her for her unconditional love. Touching, but all I could think was “Lady, unconditional love is great, but would have been so bad to manage to get across the border so your son could be born on American soil?”
Here’s the thing, though, as I also said on last week’s show: obviously, the issue of Article II doesn’t matter to the vast majority of voters. I would be surprised if the average voter would even understand what I was talking about if I brought it up. In all the Iowa coverage I have been watching over the last 24 hours, I heard the issue mentioned only once, in the context of how Donald Trump’s bringing it up made no difference. Even more comforting for you Cruz supporters, rest assured that no court or administrative agency is going to touch this issue, so your man is golden. Crazy Rep. Alan Grayson can file all the lawsuits he want. Courts view this issue as a “political question;” therefore, if the people don’t know or care what the Founders put in the Constitution about the qualifications to be President of the United States, they aren’t going to interfere.
Ironically, the current occupant of the Oval Office is the walking embodiment of the very good reasons that the “natural born citizen” requirement is in Article II. The very fact that he was allowed to take the oath of office not once but twice shows that Cruz supporters have nothing to fear from people like me expressing a view about the Constitution that they find abhorrent.
It would be refreshing if people didn’t decide that Sen. Cruz is eligible simply because they support him, but I know that’s way too much to ask.