February 25, 2007

WAS HE EVEN ELIGIBLE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT?:

Romney Family Tree Has Polygamy Branch (JENNIFER DOBNER and GLEN JOHNSON, 2/24/07, Associated Press)

Romney's father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where Mormons fled in the 1800s to escape religious persecution and U.S. laws forbidding polygamy. He and his family did not return to the United States until 1912, more than two decades after the church issued "The Manifesto" banning polygamy.

Is someone birthed abroad by voluntary expatriates a "natural born citizen"?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 25, 2007 7:15 PM
Comments

And it appears Obama's daddy was a bigamist. Still, you'd think that Clinton's success with overcoming his white trailer-trash heritage would mean that people aren't that interested in the sins of the candidate's ancestors. (Maybe St. Hillary's big problem will be that her Chicago suburban WASPiness lacks anything similar?)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 25, 2007 9:59 PM

Clinton is a Baptist.

Posted by: oj at February 25, 2007 11:45 PM

I said "WASPiness". What she "is" doesn't matter. it's how she's perceived, and everybody knows you don't have Baptists in Park Ridge, Ill.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 26, 2007 12:17 AM

Baptists, as Protestants, are also WASPs

Posted by: erp at February 26, 2007 9:48 AM

The observation concerning the sequential polygamy of Romney's rivals is well taken.

Pray tell, what would the fact that a Romney ancestor had once lived out ot the country have to do with his citizenship? The rules are lex sanguinis and lex soli,and neither test is affected by the facts of theis case.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 26, 2007 12:43 PM

He wasn't a natural born citizen.

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2007 4:15 PM
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