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November 15, 2008

Alan Keyes, Who Seems to Have Standing, Sues Barack Obama to Produce Birth Certificate

Or he's suing California authorities to block them certifying Obama's electoral votes until the certificate is produced. Whichever.

This is all probably a lot of nonsense -- remember how the story came about. It was asserted the certification of live birth he'd posted was a forgery, giving rise to speculation that he'd forged it to conceal the fact he was actually born in Kenya. Well, it turned out that certification wasn't forged, or didn't seem to be -- but the conclusion drawn from the forgery claim (born in Kenya, not permitted to be President) lived on, somehow.

Of course, Obama has been very dodgy about performing a simple action (requesting his birth certificate and presenting it for inspection) so suspicions continue. I really dislike that he did that -- showing his birth certificate is not some invasion of his privacy. If he's running for President, he's obligated to demonstrate he's constitutionally qualified for the position.

Still, I think he was being an arrogant dick for unrelated reasons.

Hopefully judges will concede that Alan Keyes, who ran as a presidential candidate, does in fact have standing to sue, and we can be done with this. (Someone must have standing to sue. It can't be that the Constitution specifies the requirements for office but no one has the power to actually compel proof of satisfaction of those requirements. If that's the case, ever section specifying requirements for federal office have been rendered dead-letter.)

So this should all soon be over. Unless Obama fights hard to avoid producing it here. In which case, I'd begin to suspect there is some kind of problem.

Thanks to DaveM.

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posted by Ace at 03:46 PM

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