That Pesky Exception

Speaking in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton expresses the oft-heard view that "I believe one of the great things about America is, anyone can be president, and what it depends upon is the individual."

If only it were true!

People constantly seem to be forgetting about this, but the foreign-born are systematically excluded from the presidency for no real reason. Like a kid who immigrated to this country from Mexico at the age of two is seriously at risk of disloyalty, or we're all haunted by a deep, dark suspicion that Madeleine Albright may be a sleeper agent run by Czech intelligence. Thus, the popular moderate Republican governor of the country's largest state isn't considered a potential contender in 2008 and won't be a contender in 2012, either, because he was born in Austria.