It’s so richly ironic that is must be noted briefly: the champion of the loud-and-proud Constitutional Conservative, take-no-prisoners, Obama-is-un-American wing of the conservative movement, Sen. Ted Cruz, felt constrained to release a copy of his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News over the weekend. Questions about his eligibility to run for president were raised a week earlier by none other than Donald Trump, because Cruz was born in Canada and his father was born in Cuba.

Cruz maintains his mother’s birth in the United States made him a “natural-born U.S. citizen,” the qualification for president set out in the Constitution, which is not, of course, the interpretation maintained by the people–millions, it appears–who doubt Barack Obama’s eligibility. For the record, the newspaper that obtained Cruz’ birth certificate argues that as a dual citizen, the super-patriot senator would have to formally renounce his Canadian citizenship to remove the cloud from his own eligibility to become president.

I suppose Cruz could couple this renunciation with an attack on his native land’s socialist health care system and godless acceptance of same-sex marriage. It’s a shame there are no Canadian consulates in Iowa or New Hampshire where he could take that step before cheering crowds of conservatives.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.