Presidential Nominations and the Cruz Citizenship Matter

I am not even remotely a fan of Ted Cruz, but I think a recent Harvard Law Review essay by Katyal and Clement really nails the citizenship issue and that, once again, Trump has proven himself the master of demagoguery and obfuscation. I know that many voters see Trump’s tactics as demonstrating the strength we need in that office, but his ruthless commitment to winning at all costs is scary to me, and he reminds me of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte in mid-19th century France. We now have a system of Presidential selection that too often advantages the ambitious and the unscrupulous. It’s interesting that one could not even run or campaign to become the Doge of Venice, i.e., executive head of the government, and their government lasted for 900 years. The “reformed” and “open” nomination process came to us through the McGovern-Fraser Reform Commission, convened after the Dems lost in ’68 to Nixon after nominating Humphrey, and I really think some of the best leaders since then have eschewed the process of nomination-seeking because it has become so brutal and so often inane. Not saying, however, that the old “smoke filled rooms” did not give us some zingers. A complex subject, obviously, this matter of Presidential selection. Here’s the cite to the HLR essay: On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” Harvard Law Review Forum On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” Commentary by Neal Katyal & Paul Clement Mar 11, 2015 128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 161

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