Ted Cruz’s Constitutional Law Professor Questions Whether He is a “Natural-Born Citizen”
O for a muse of irony.
While Laurence Tribe, Ted Cruz’s own constitutional law professor, believes that Cruz truly is a natural-born citizen, he points out that under Cruz’s own originalist doctrine, he is actually ineligible to run for president.
Even having two US parents wouldn’t suffice for a genuine originalist. And having just an American mother, as Cruz did, would clearly have been insufficient at a time that made patrilineal descent decisive.
As an aside, it was the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog that provided the original inspiration for “birtherism” when Tribe argued that John McCain was eligible to run. The ensuing discussion included the “what-if” example of Obama in Kenya which appeared a day later the Free Republic as “actually happened.” The rest is stupidity.