Thursday, May 31, 2012

Can You Prove He’s Not?

If getting inquiries from constituents was enough to send Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett on a hunt for Barack Obama’s birth certificate, imagine what 17,000 signatures on a petition can do.

In response to Bennett’s flirtation with birtherism, 17,000 people signed a petition asking him to also investigate whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a unicorn. While it remains to be seen whether such an investigation will reveal that the former Massachusetts governor is indeed a fantastical horned beast similar in appearance to a horse, it’s not clear whether Romney would be permitted to run for president if he is indeed a unicorn.

But if he was born in the United States — and can prove it — then there’s no problem. The Constitution does not preclude mythical beasts from becoming president.