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May 1, 2013 - Harry Eagar
So, Ted Cruz, Canadian, for POTUS?
Fo' real, according to the National Review Online.
A gushing piece there does not raise the issue of Cruz's Canadian birth until the 13th paragraph, and then dismissively:
"Cruz isn’t worried that his birth certificate will be a problem. Though he was born in Canada, he and his advisers are confident that they could win any legal battle over his eligibility. Cruz’s mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born, and he considers himself to be a natural-born citizen."
Unlike that other guy, the one from Kenya. Why isn't he also a "natural-born citizen," since his mother was a U.S. citizen?
Now, it's true that National Review has been uneasy with Obama birtherism, but you cannot say the same about the Republican Party as a whole. Some polls show a majority of Republicans believe Obama was not born in the United States.
I don't necessarily believe those polls are precise, but they are, hmmmm, suggestive. How far wrong could they possibly be?
That rightwing nutcases think Cruz's Canadian birth would not be a problem sort of proves the embedded racism of today's GOP, doesn't it? Whoever Cruz's father was, it would be a stretch to speculate that he was an African-American Communist.
RtO was not the first and is far from the only observer to see a new Joe McCarthy in Cruz, although RtO did come by its impression independently, before noticing how many others were also smelling Joe in Ted. A reach for the Oval Office from a Senate career of thin achievement would be another parallel.
A dismissive attitude toward the original intent of the Constitution would be another.
If NRO is accurate. RtO will not vouch for that.
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