Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Update on the Birthers

Last week it was Donofrio who went down in flames. This week, it's Wrotnowski and Berg.

From the AP:

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has rejected two more efforts to get the court to consider whether President-elect Barack Obama is eligible to take office.


Individual justices and the entire court have turned down emergency appeals over Obama's eligibility at least seven times in the past six weeks.

Actually, I'm not sure the AP has this quite right. Looking at the Supreme Courts dockets for Donofrio, Wrotnowski, and Berg, I see that Donofrio has been shot down by Souter and then the whole Court, Wrotnowski by Ginsberg and then the whole Court, and Berg twice by Souter (two different applications) and now by Kennedy. That's seven denials, only one of which is attributed to Kennedy.

The docket for Berg has a curiosity. On the line right above Kennedy's denial, there's another entry, also marked with today's date:

Dec 17 2008 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 9, 2009.

Adding this to the fact that the whole Court has not yet denied Berg, we can only imagine that the Birthers are saying, "Hope lives," right?


And there are other cases still pending, right? (*pant, pant*)


A note on terminology: Following the label of Truthers, which refers to those who saw conspiracy in the 9/11 attacks, it is becoming common to use Birthers to mean who cannot accept that Barack Obama was born in the United States and is an American citizen. Demonstrating that a man may wear more than one tinfoil hat, Philip J. Berg is both a Truther and a Birther.

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