How the Washington Post Flirts with Birtherism...Against Ted Cruz

September 2nd, 2015 8:52 PM

With the battle over the Iran deal heating up, Hillary Clinton’s e-mail troubles growing more severe, and more footage of Planned Parenthood’s callous harvesting of the organs of dead children coming to light, you would think the liberal print media would have their hands full. Rather than dwell on these stories, however, James Hohmann of the Washington Post decided that a much more important question demands our attention: is Ted Cruz eligible to run president?

In fact, the headline of the story itself dropped all form of subtlety. It read "Rafael Cruz: My Canadian-born Son Can be President." 

Apparently, the folks at the Washington Post felt that a story about Rafael Cruz’s commentary about a long settled birther issue was important enough to put in their "Power Post" headlines.

Of course, a mere recapping of Rafael Cruz’s defense of his son is not enough. Hohmann could not resist the chance to engage in some conspiratorial speculation.

The elder Cruz also cited a Harvard Law Review article that concluded his son was eligible to run for president, noting that it was written by someone who served in President Obama’s Justice Department. He then noted that the liberal legal scholar Alan Dershowitz thinks so too — the elder Cruz didn’t mention that Dershowitz taught Cruz a first-year criminal law class and wrote him a letter of recommendation to serve as William Rehnquist’s law clerk. (Emphasis added)

Oh my! Rafael Cruz didn’t mention the fact that Dershowitz -- a dedicated leftie who once an ACLU board member-- respected the conservative Ted Cruz enough to swallow his partisan impulses and recommend him as a clerk to the conservative chief justice.

If he did mention this fact, would that not have helped this case? What does Hohmann think the elder Cruz is supposedly hiding?

Hohmann concluded his article by noting that Rafael Cruz himself has made birtheresque jabs at President Obama.

One can only hope this was a filler piece and not the first sign of a long pattern of birther mud slinging.