While the campaign is in other realms right now, we thought we’d bring back to light an important question, one on which many conservatives held a view on the ineligibility of the status of the current President becoming an officeholder. The question now arises: Does the Constitution matter less when one agrees with the politics of the one whose ox is being gored?
Conservative columnist and attorney Ann Coulter has made it plain that, in her view, even if Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination for president, he would be ineligible to hold the office.
It concerns the eligibility to be President in the rule book.
Article II Section 1:
“No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.”
And it’s such a simple argument.
Or, as the NFL rules committee might put it: Two feet on Canada turf at birth hospital equals out of bounds for reception of Presidency.
It comes down to the words “natural born,” which, she argues, means that an eligible candidate must simply be born on this land. There is no question that Cruz is a citizen, that he can be a U.S. Senator, etc., but rather, this solely concerns eligibility requirements for the office of the President of the United States as put forth in the U.S. Constitution.
Oddly, in the radio interview above, talk show host Hugh Hewitt had no argument that Coulter was incorrect, though he disagreed with the assertion. His only point was that he, the <i>annoying one</i> Mark Levin and others disagreed with her. In fact, he cited one argument that he felt strengthened Coulter’s assertion.
Not just odd, but extremely odd. Disagree, but offer no arguments?
That’s not what one would expect from the brilliant mastermind of the triad and your host for that new series debuting this fall: Middle East name gotcha game.