Among the controversies that embroil the moonbats and wingnuts who inhabit the darkest corners of the web is the question of whether John McCain, who was born to American parents in the Panama Canal Zone (a United States possession and military base at the time), is a "natural-born citizen" and therefore eligible to run for President, as required by Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution.
Opinion among legal scholars and sane people generally is almost unanimous that McCain is a natural-born citizen, but sane opinion doesn't stop nuts. There are people who claim that Dick Cheney is a citizen of Texas, and therefore not legitimately Vice-President.
So it surely came as a blow to goldbugs, kossacks, fringe-flag-foes, tax resisters, 911 inside jobbers, and kennedy assassination theorists all across America yesterday when the Senate acted to remove this doubt, unanimously passing a resolution that yes, indeed John McCain is a natural-born citizen.
The sponsors? Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
While I'm not fool enough to believe that the upcoming campaign will be a gentlemanly or ladylike affair, I must admit that for the next twenty minutes or so I'll feel slightly warmer and fuzzier about both Democratic candidates, before I go back to loathing one and worrying about the other.
As for the conspiracy theorists? They'll probably cite this as further proof that they are behind it all, whoever they are.