25 October 2008

On the Berg Suit and Other Bits

Well, sources followed by a ramble.

Rather than explore the various intrigues and updates involving the (now-dismissed) lawsuit Phillip J. Berg has brought against Barack Obama, I'll just direct you to some sources. (in case you're unfamiliar with Berg, he's brought a lawsuit demanding all kinds of personal information from Obama and the DNC in an effort to "prove" that Obama doesn't fulfill the presidential citizenship requirement).

What's Your Evidence discusses Berg's lawsuit in some detail.

Yes to Democracy offers regular updates on the suit's status, the most recent being from 10/23/08. Another YTD post worth reviewing is "Seeing What Sticks," from 10/13.

The Washington Times's collection of Berg-related issues.

FactCheck and PolitiFact on the Obama/citizenship matter. Factcheck's writers, by the way, have seen and handled Obama's Certificate of Live Birth (COLB).

If you're interested in aspects of similar claims about Obama's citizenship, The Huffington Post offers this piece by Elizabeth Rauber. Clintons4McCainer and media figure Cristi Adkins gave Rauber a copy of a report by "Judah Benjamin," a pseudonym for someone who tries to substitute Canadian law for that of the USA in arguing that Obama fails to meet the citizenship requirement for the presidency. Rauber went over the report with legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky (a man held in high esteem by his colleagues--liberal and conservative alike), and Cherminsky concluded that, overall, it was bunkum. Additionally, Rauber spoke to attorneys whom Clintons4McCain's Evelyn Adams claimed to have cleared the report with. Not only do the attorneys, affiliated with the firm of Walston Cross, deny working with Clintons4McCain, but their representative offered this:
[the attorney] told me he had never spoken to anyone from Clintons4McCain, and added, "I have seen nothing that would make me believe that Senator Obama was not eligible to be a candidate for president in the United States of America. Chemerinsky is correct -- it's absolute nonsense."
I should make it clear that Berg and "Benjamin" aren't in cahoots; they simply mirror each other in the strange echo chamber provided by people suffering from Obama Derangement. I never "got" the sheer, unthinking hatred that people targeted at Bill Clinton and George W Bush, and I certainly don't get this. What sets off this kind of dehumanizing, demonizing behavior--who knows. Is there any reasonable explanation for it?

Update: Judge R. Barclay Surrick dismissed Berg's suit on Friday night. Will this stop the "he's not a citizen" conspiracy theories, or will those theories expand?

3 comments:

Ted said...

Handled right, the Fed District Court throwing out Berg for lack of standing can present a political check-mate “win” on appeal for the anti-Obama side (if not in law, in the Court of Public Opinion). Here’s how: SIMPLY SPREAD AROUND OBAMA’S APPELLATE BRIEF HAVING TO ARGUE AGAINST AN AMERICAN VOTER’S RIGHT TO RAISE THE QUESTION UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. Should be a PR disaster for the Dems and Obama!!!

mpandgs said...

Well, Ted thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Will it be a disaster? Probably not. We'll see how it plays out.

Anonymous said...

FWIW this guy's left this comment all over the place today. EVERYWHERE.

Obviously 'ted' doesn't know NO STANDING was why Robinson's suit against McCain was tossed.