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Yesterday, we wearily acknowledged that nothing would dissuade birth-certificate doubters from their conviction that Barack Obama is not a United States natural-born citizen. As if on cue, dentist/lawyer Orly Taitz appeared on the "Colbert Report," and told the faux pundit that nothing short of retroactive zombie naturalization would convince her that Obama was qualified to be prez.

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The money quote:

Colbert: What would he have to do to satisfy you and those in your movement?
Taitz: In order to be president and commander in chief, he has to be a natural born citizen. So even if he were born in Hawaii, he cannot be the president and commander in chief specifically because of his multiple citizenship.
Colbert: So there’s absolutely nothing he can do to satisfy you?
Taitz: Unless he can bring his father out of the grave and make him a citizen post-mortem.

If we thought it would do any good, we would point Taitz to the 14th amendment, which says: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." Compared with time-travel voodoo, though, reading the Constitution seems awfully hard.

Incidentally, the strongly conservative National Review just published an editorial, with the same title as our story "Born in the U.S.A," citing our story, drawing heavily on our story, and concluding that Barack Obama was born in the United States. "Much foolishness has become attached to the question of President Obama’s place of birth, and a few misguided souls among the Right have indulged it," the magazine says, but the theory that Obama is a non-citizen "is based on unreality, as two minutes’ examining the claims of its proponents reveals." We’ll wager this won’t stop the zealots like Taitz, of course.