A Birth Certificate Matters Only if You’re a Conservative

It’s a good sign for conservatives that Texas Senator Ted Cruz is being attacked by RINOs, Democrats, and liberal papers that only liberals read. The New York Times and the Washington Post are outraged that a Freshman Senator, a Republican no less, has the temerity to take the lead in Senate debates.

Not only that, Jonathan Weissman and the Times refer to “Cruz as ‘Canadian-born.’” What does that mean? I thought we were all through with the birther stuff. I forgot. Birth certificates only matter if you’re a conservative Republican. Remember how John McCain was questioned about where he was born and whether being born in the Panama Canal Zone (also see here) counted as a constitutional “natural born” birth? What the times failed to mention is that “Cruz was born to a mother who was a U.S. citizen, which most likely makes Cruz ‘natural born’ and eligible to run for the nation’s highest office.” Anyway, you don’t have to be a “natural-born citizen” to be a Senator or Governor (e.g., former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria).

Who does this Cruz guy think he is? You and I know that if a conservative paper or news show said that a Democrat Senate freshman who was a minority was told to take a back seat in the Senate, we wouldn’t hear the end of it. We would be told that race is the reason for the snub. I don’t recall any conservative bellyaching over a freshman senator taking the floor and mixing it up with the good old boys. Hillary Clinton didn’t sit back and wait her turn.

Here’s what the Washington Post said about Cruz’s political posture:

“The traditional stance for a freshman senator is to hold back a bit. Being reticent and deferential are not qualities that come naturally to those who manage to win Senate seats, but most new senators choose, as much as it clashes with their instincts, to tamp down.

“Not Cruz.”

Note the word “traditional.” There is no constitutional provision. When a Senator is relegated to second-class senatorial stature, it means that the state he or she represents is relegated to the same position.

When voters send someone to Congress to represent them in terms of the constitution, that representation takes place as soon as the oath of office is taken. Anything less is a denial of representation.

There might be something else going on here, as John Nolte points out:

“What we have here are two predominantly white news outlets made uncomfortable by someone who doesn’t look like them acting all uppity. I had hoped we were past such things, but apparently not.”

None of this will matter to liberal news sources or Democrats or RINO’s. They can’t have a guy like Cruz rocking the boat. That’s the real reason for the attack. The same is true in the way the media are attacking Marco Rubio for his drink of water. Think if a Hispanic Democrat had been vilified in the same way.