The headline from this article is that another birther lawsuit brought against Ted Cruz has been settled in Sen. Cruz’s favor. Months ago, Donald Trump insisted that Ted Cruz shouldn’t be the GOP presidential nominee because Democrats would file a lawsuit questioning Sen. Cruz’s citizenship. Trump insisted that such a lawsuit would be a major distraction to Sen. Cruz and that it would dominate the news cycle.
Apparently, Mr. Trump’s ability to predict the outcome of birther lawsuits is equivalent to his ability to put together a great campaign organization. In other words, Trump’s prognostication ability on birther lawsuits is virtually worthless. Let’s get to the heart of the matter. In New Jersey Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin’s opinion, he wrote “The more persuasive legal analysis is that such a child, born of a citizen-father, citizen-mother, or both, is indeed a ‘natural born citizen’ within the contemplation of the Constitution.”
During a GOP debate in South Carolina, Trump told Sen. Cruz “There’s a big question mark on your head. You can’t do that to the party.” Sen. Cruz quickly responded, saying “I’ve spent my entire life defending the Constitution before the U.S. Supreme Court. And I’ll tell you, I’m not going to be taking legal advice from Donald Trump.”
Thus far, birther lawsuits have been filed against Sen. Cruz in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The lawsuits haven’t been much of a distraction to the Cruz campaign. While the lawsuits were being litigated in courts, Sen. Cruz started beating Trump pretty regularly, whether it was in primaries like Wisconsin or at delegate selection conventions in Colorado, North Dakota or Utah.
If Sen. Cruz is feeling the heat from these lawsuits, then he’s handling the pressure beautifully. Voters should want someone in the White House who responds this favorably to pressure situations. Seriously, though, these lawsuits are more of a nuisance than anything else. To a skilled litigator like Sen. Cruz, it’s doubtful that they even rise to the level of nuisance.
According to this article, a federal judge a “Houston judge Wednesday tossed out the fifth federal lawsuit in the country challenging whether Sen. Ted Cruz is eligible to be president. U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the Houston lawyer who brought the claim may not file suit again.”
The article also notes that federal “judges have rejected similar lawsuits in New York, New Hampshire, Utah and Arkansas.” While there might be other lawsuits brought, they likely won’t have an impact on voters unless they’re birther conspiracy theory voters already.
The American people have spoken at the ballot box and in polls. The courts have spoken, too. It’s time to drop this subject.