“A Bridge Too Far”: Gov. Brewer Vetoes Birther Bill

In a surprise move for many critics, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill that would have required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before their names could have been placed on the state ballot. We previously discussed the bill and the serious constitutional questions that it raised. A former Secretary of State, Brewer objected to one state imposing such conditions on candidates.

Brewer stated that “[a]s a former Secretary of State, I do not support designating one person as a gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary or politically-motivated decisions. She went on to suggest that some of the conditions were simply demeaning: “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona Secretary of State. This is a bridge too far.”

The move saved Arizona the expense of a costly challenge that would have likely resulted in a defeat for Arizona in the courts.

However, thirteen other states are currently considering the same type of legislation. While the veto in Arizona may deter some, this may still become a court battle leading up to the elections.

Source: CNN

109 thoughts on ““A Bridge Too Far”: Gov. Brewer Vetoes Birther Bill”

  1. To truly understand who Harper is and the background that he comes from….look up ” Canadian Reform Party “. From what I’ve read/heard of the ” Tea Party ” the Reformers were/ARE the Canadian version. My only hope is that the Liberals win, at minimum, a minority election in 2 weeks time.

  2. CE,

    There was some surprise that Harper merited genuine bad guy status and not just the simple common lying pol status.

  3. Hi Canadian Eh!,

    Buddah told me Canada has it’s problems w/corruption too, as I was whining and pining for greener pastures earlier….

  4. A little birdie told me that there were questions about the current ” ousted ” PM of Cananda….the ( not so ) Honourable Stephen Harper.

  5. W=c,

    None of what you have said fails to comport with my predictions that things will get a lot worse before they get better.

    The real trouble starts when the majority of the populace decides that if one class gets to have no rules, then the rules are invalid and apply to no one.

    This is the inevitable outcome of two-tiered legal systems.

    Equity is a crucial component of justice.

    If you deny people justice long enough?

    History teaches us lessons about that too.

    In the long term, none of those lessons work out so well for the deniers, either.

  6. Buddha Is Laughing 1, April 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm
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    the sane and civil ‘recourse’ for the middle class has been subverted …our laws now appear to support the Corporate and self serving political element…and thier buddy banks and that is the problem… when the constituency is more apt to behave within the rule of law and civilly than those in power….to ‘bite’ becomes not only self defeating but self endangering….

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