The Questionable Authority

A lighter note on the Oath.

Some predictions:

1: Within the next week, at least one member of the tinfoil hat brigade will start to pitch a fit about how Obama’s not really President, because he didn’t really take the real oath.

2: It’s more likely than not that someone (maybe the same person, maybe not) will claim that this is somehow or another tied to the whole “he’s not a real American citizen” lunacy.

3: At least one of the nuts will try to file a lawsuit, and will probably try to demand that Roberts recuse himself due to his own involvement.

Anyone want to bet against any of those?


  1. #1 Epinephrine
    January 20, 2009

    Can we bet on which member of the tinfoil hat brigade will lead off? I’m leaning toward the ever rabid Andrew Schlafly and his Conservap├Ždia.

  2. #2 Rev Matt
    January 20, 2009

    One week? Really? Chris Wallace on Fox News is already making that claim and it’s only a few hours later.

  3. #3 Joshua Zelinsky
    January 20, 2009

    1 had occurred to me but not 2 or 3. Not at all willing to bet against you.

  4. #4 Nattering Nabob of Negativism
    January 20, 2009

    Isn’t that the same pair of oaths Bush and Cheney violated?

  5. #5 Joshua Zelinsky
    January 20, 2009

    Nattering, no no you see Cheney and Bush destroyed the Constitution in order to protect it.

  6. #6 Phillip IV
    January 20, 2009

    I know how 2 will play out: Somebody will come up with the idea that Roberts flubbed the line on purpose, to cover himself against liability for knowingly taking the oath from a non-eligible person – thus proving the existence of a vast, vicious, decades-long conspiracy to hide Obama’s foreign birth (to a same-sex couple of known god-less Islamarxists, probably).

  7. #7 Angel
    January 20, 2009

    When you flub your vows at your wedding your no less married. I bet no tinfoil wearing wingnut would dare say they weren’t married if they flubbed the vows! She’d kick his ass! Then there is all that livin’ in sin stuff. Her Dad would kick his ass! Oh, the fun we’d have. So silly. Get a grip.

  8. #8 Rev Matt
    January 20, 2009

    @Phillip IV: “Islamarxists”. That’s good, I have to remember that one.

  9. #9 Romeo Vitelli
    January 20, 2009

    I doubt there would be many right wing nutjobs that would be anxious to have Joe Biden step up as POTUS if Obama were disqualified. Especially if there’s a chance of Hilary ending up as VEEP.

  10. #10 Art
    January 20, 2009

    It is virtually impossible to overestimate how willfully stupid and reality resistant these folk can be.

    If they think that making brain-dead claims advances their cause, often just keeping their claims alive in the media or producing more grist to cut-n-paste around the web, there is no depth of stupidity that they will not sink.

    These are the same groups of loons who claim, with a straight face and a complete lack of any sense of their own self parody, the the WTC were brought down by ‘nuclear shaped-charges’.

    It doesn’t matter that no sane person could read their claims without an involuntary spit-take. To them it all makes sense.

  11. #11 Bob O'H
    January 21, 2009

    No. 1 has already come to pass, with added “Cheney is president” stupidity.

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