President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, conclusively proving he was born in the United States! So the birth-certificate conspiracy theorists can all pack up and go home, right? Wrong.
Remember from a while back that the smarter “birthers,” assuming there is such a thing, long since abandoned the simple argument that the President is a secret Kenyan, for the weirder argument that, even if he was born in the USA, his father’s Kenyan citizenship deprives him of “natural born citizenship,” rendering him ineligible still.
That’s clearly wrong (and please forgive the legacy tags that make this post a little hard to read). This may stop Donald Trump (for now… until he needs more publicity), but it won’t stop Orly Taitz, Leo Donofrio, or the hordes of other poorly credentialed lawyers who took up the fight as something, anything, to keep them busy while they wait to acquire actual meaning.
We’ve forced the Obama conspiracy theorists to change from being clearly factually wrong to clearly legally wrong, and that’s not much, but it isn’t nothing.