McCain's constitutional qualifications
Now that it's turned to running down McCain, the NY Times has an article questioning whether he meets the constitutional requirement of being a "natural born" citizen. He was born in the Panama Canal Zone, of citizen parents.
Apparently there was a statute passed by the First Congress that included persons such as he among "natural born." I wonder if "natural born" didn't have special meaning then. We still refer to persons who are made citizens after birth as "naturalized," made natural something, rather than made citizens.
UPDATE. Jim Lindgren points out, on the Volokh Conspiracy, that "natural born" indeed was a term of art at the time of the Framing, and under it McCain is clearly "natural born." Blackstone and other sources used "natural born" to mean one who owed allegience to a sovereign from birth, and listed children of ambassadors born over the seas (at the time, the citizens most likely to have left and taken families with them) as "natural born."
UPDATE: laws vary as to what constitutes being born within the country's domain. Some include military and civilian flagged ships, etc.. Ditto with parentage. At least 40 yrs ago, France said you were a citizen if you were born elsewhere but your father (not your mother) was French. We used to use these features to try to create hypotheticals where a person had a maximum number of multiple citizenships. French father, some other mother, born on a British ship while docked in NY harbor...