Most people, make that many people....oh, hell, some folks may remember from 10th grade civics class that our Constitution requires one be a "natural born" U.S. citizen to be eligible to serve as president. (Sorry, Governator!)
So, in his approximately 150 years of political service it has never mattered until now that Senator John McCain was not born here. He arrived in the Panama Canal Zone while his father served there in the Navy. Who knew?
Turns out that no one has ever litigated the question of what the provision means for someone who wasn't born in the continental United States, but who had citizenship at birth because of his or her parents, or because of laws giving citizenship to children of U-S military personnel overseas.
Do you think someone will file this challenge in the courts this year to see if Senator McCain will be ruled ineligible to serve? And is it more likely to be A) Democrats trying to take out their toughest opponent in the general election? or B) Mike Huckabee so he can say it was God's will so that he can be the nominee instead?
FYI, there were even a few sticklers who questioned Barry Goldwater's eligibility when he was the Republican nominee for president back in 1964. He was, like McCain, a senator from Arizona but was born there before it was admitted as a state. It turned out people found other reasons to not vote for him that year anyway.
A lawyer with John McCain's campaign says "I don't have much doubt about (his eligibility)" though he is still researching the issue.
I will be watching this one with more slightly more interest than usual because I was also born a U.S. citizen on a foreign military base. I just assumed I wasn't eligible to one day run for president and lived my life accordingly. I can think of a few things I would have passed on if I had known it was still an option. It's way too late now.