re: "I Keep Trying To..."
"It strikes me as a lot of paranoid Bilderbergerilluminatitrilateralist nonsense. The assertions and counter-assertions on both sides of the question strike me as off-kilter."
"That would mean that Obama's assertion of his citizenship is off-kilter!
Well, yeah. And that's the problem. It just won't go away."
"It would be nice if the question could be dealt with dispositively one way or another before the Electoral College vote."
"(I)t would be so easy to nuke the damned thing: release the frittering birth certificate already.
And that they refuse to -- for whatever reason -- smacks of a coverup."
Those of you who are old enough to remember Watergate already know this, and there've been plenty of good/bad examples since then to make the point for those of you who aren't: no matter what you did, the cover-up always damages you the most once it unravels.
If for some reason, this suit (and the facts) were to break against Pres.-elect Obama and he is found Constitutionally ineligible to serve, even if it didn't provoke a Constitutional crisis (think a potential tanks-in-the-streets, for-real crisis), at best his personal credibility would be destroyed, even his own supporters would (eventually) feel betrayed. Whereas, if there was something that he needed to be up front about, he's young enough that I think there would be considerable support for a Constitutional amendment that, (remembering how young he is) would permit him to run again. But not if he's found to have been concealing relevent/adverse information, as some of the wilder speculation would have you believe.
From my viewpoint as a consular officer, the various issues that speculation about the President-elect's birthplace (Kenya instead of Hawaii?) make for wonderful training case-studies in the classroom, but for really scary repurcusions in the real world if any of them were to turn out to be based in fact (rather than speculation).
Here's hoping that the courts will settle this quickly, and in as transparent a manner as possible, putting all this speculation to an end.