Frankly, I was unimpressed with the presidential defense in pre-hearing arguments. For example, Jablonski tried to deflect the Social Security issue – which, after all, raises serious questions of fraud – by pointing out that “nothing in the Constitution makes … participating in Social Security a prerequisite to serving as president.” (So what’s a little felonious fraud?) On the “citizenship issue,” Jablonski declared the issue was “soundly rejected by 69,456,897 Americans in the 2008 elections, as it has been by every judicial body” since. Is he saying that a lot of votes or previous court actions nullify the legal merits of any new proceeding? I’m no lawyer, but that doesn’t seem like much of a legal argument.

The day before the hearing, Jablonksi announced he and the president would “suspend further participation” in the proceedings; Brian Kemp, the Georgia secretary of state, retorted that Jablonski and his client would “do so at your own peril.” On hearing day, the defense and defendant didn’t just rest; they didn’t show up, defying the subpoena summoning Jablonski and the president to court. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution later styled the president’s rejection of his subpoena as a boycott.) Contempt of court, anyone? How about just a headline?

Nope. Headlines could wait – at least until the story came out “right,” which it did when both the judge and secretary of state ruled this month in favor of President Obama.

Obama’s on the Georgia ballot; “birthers” lose again. The narrative is locked down.

This time around, though, it doesn’t feel as if Obama really won.

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