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Why The Republicans Are Silent On The Eligibility Issue

The eligibility issue isn't a partisan issue.  The first eligibility lawsuit against Barack Obama was filed by Phil Berg, a lifelong Democrat.

Five days before the Republican National Convention, John McCain's eligibility was challenged in California court.

In Donofrio v. Wells (October 2008), the plaintiff sought to remove three presidential candidates from the New Jersey ballot during the 2008 presidential election: Democratic candidate Barack Obama, Republican candidate John McCain, and Socialist Workers Party candidate Roger Calero. 

All three were subject to foreign legal jurisdiction at birth.

Barack Obama was probably born in Hawaii, but was, at birth, also a Kenyan citizen and subject of Great Britain.

John McCain was born in the Colon Hospital, in Colon, Panama.  He was not born in the Panama Canal Zone as widely believed.  His citizenship status was, from birth, also "governed" by Panamanian law.  By Panamanian law, he acquired, at birth, the option of becoming a Panamanian citizen.

Roger Calero was born in Nicaragua.  At the time of his presidential candidacy, he was not a U.S. citizen.

The Republican Party has a history of accommodating presidential candidates whose Constitutional eligibility is uncertain.
    

Chester Arthur -- America's first post-1787-born president, whose parents were not both U.S. citizens, was a Republican.

George Romney -- ran for the Republican party nomination in 1968.  He was born in Mexico.

Barry Goldwater -- born (in 1909) in Phoenix, when Arizona was still territory, not yet a state.

Lowell Weicker -- entered the race for the Republican party nomination of 1980 but dropped out. He was born in Paris, France.

John McCain -- born in the Republic of Panama.

Bobby Jindal -- a possible Republican candidate in 2012. He was born in the United States, but at the time of his birth, his parents were not U.S. citizens.

    
Given its history of eligibility-questionable presidential candidates, the Republican Party would be guilty of hypocrisy if it were to challenge Obama's eligibility.

Moreover, if the Courts find that Barack Obama is ineligible, it is likely that John McCain is ineligible as well, since neither candidate was subject to sole and complete U.S. jurisdiction at the time of his birth.  Should that happen, both major political parties might be required to reimburse presidential campaign financing they received from the Federal government in 2008.  This would be a non-issue for the Democratic Party which accepted little, if any, Federal monies during the 2008 presidential campaign.  But the McCain campaign received substantial Federal funding.

If McCain were found to be an ineligible presidential candidate, the RNC might be required to return government monies it had received in 2008 for McCain's presidential campaign.  Given the financial risk that McCain's questionable eligibility poses, the Republican Party is likely to oppose any public discussion of McCain's or Obama's presidential eligibility.

The above is extracted from a collection by Stephen Tonchen.
GOP Protecting Obama
Bob Unruh says a legislative plan in Arizona that would require candidates for president to document their constitutional eligibility to occupy the Oval Office needs only an affirmative vote from the state Senate before it could be advanced to the governor, but the sponsor says she's concerned the GOP leadership will end up protecting Obama's secrets.

State Rep. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, said that her bill was approved by the House but now is being "held" by Senate President Robert Burns.

She explained Burns told her that in light of the controversy over the state's immigration law -- targeted by pro-amnesty immigrants and open-border activists -- "he didn't want to take on another one."

While Burns was on the floor of the Senate or in caucus much of today and couldn't be reached directly for comment, a spokesman, Mike Philipsen,said only that the issue is "in the process" and did not respond to requests to confirm that it actually will be given to senators for a vote.

Burns represents District 9 and is a Republican from Peoria. He serves as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Philipsen confirmed that if a Senate concurrence is obtained, "then it would go to the [governor]."

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