Despite brave talk about how next time it will all be different with their brown brethren, your New Look GOP is still, shall we say squeamish about them whats from elsewhere.
Which makes it all the more surprising that some have turned to an immigrant to get the job done in 2016.
Passing over dozens of qualified white males [and that New Hampshire gal ] Politico is thinking big again. Hearts are reported aflutter for Texas dreamboat Ted Cruz, despite his Canadian birth.
An immigrant to do a job Americans could do.
Politico reports the speculation with a straight face, carefully ignoring recent Republican birther flirtations, which go unmentioned. Our favorite birther sub-cult was the variation which reluctantly accepted Obama’s Hawaiian birth, but branched off into unique interpretations of the Constitution’s “natural born” language involving invented disqualification based on his father’s citizenship.
Similar circumstances [father not a citizen] would appear to disqualify Cruz, but as Politico folkish-ly allows, Ted “knows a thing or two about constitutional law.”
The Senate newbie is clearly interested in the issue, with spokesman Sean Ruston pre-loaded with this less than spontaneous line:
Despite quoting multiple constitutional scholars, Politico takes a relaxed view of all this legal talk. After reviewing the controversy over Panama Canal Zone born John McCain’s qualification, the article punts:
“The question of McCain’s eligibility was ultimately resolved not by a court but by his colleagues: The Senate approved a bipartisan resolution giving him the OK.”
Traditionally, “activist” Senators leave such determinations to the Judiciary, and I thought it was voters who cut short this spirited discussion, but whatever.
So never mind then and go on about your business.