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The last stand of the 'birther queen'?

Orly Politico.com raised a stink Tuesday over the possibility that "birther queen" Orly Taitz may win the GOP primary for secretary of state and put California Republicans in the embarrassing position of having a thoroughly discredited conspiracy theorist on their November ticket. The piece contained little evidence (perhaps because there isn't much) but leaned almost exclusively of the kind of why-not speculation popular in American punditry. Here's an excerpt:

California Republicans optimistic about their prospects in November could find themselves with a bit of a problem after the votes are counted in Tuesday’s primaries -- a statewide ticket with the so-called “Birther Queen” as one of their candidates.

Orly Taitz is an Israeli émigré who has spent the last two years filing lawsuits challenging President Barack Obama’s right to be president on the grounds that he was born in Kenya. In the process, she has earned herself $20,000 in court fines.

Now she’s running for the GOP nomination for secretary of state, and with her establishment-backed primary opponent mounting a less-than-stellar campaign against her, operatives say there’s a chance she could win.

“It’d be a disaster for the Republican party,” says James Lacy, a conservative GOP operative in the state. “Can you imagine if [gubernatorial candidate] Meg Whitman and [candidate for Lt. Gov.] Abel Maldonado — both of whom might have a chance to win in November — had to run with Orly Taitz as secretary of state, who would make her cockamamie issues about Obama’s birth certificate problems at the forefront of her activities?”

“There is no Republican candidate for statewide office that would be willing to have her campaign with them,” says Adam Probolsky, a spokesman for the Orange County Republican Party.

But longtime California GOP strategist Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes the California Target Book, says a Taitz victory is entirely possible. “It will be a complete embarrassment if she wins, but these things can happen,” he said.

And the results? Damon Dunn, the former pro football player whose campaign Politico deemed "less-than-stellar," easily sent Taitz back to her dentistry practice in Orange County, besting her by a 3-1 margin.

If only political scientists, not political junkies, dominated punditry.

-- Paul Thornton

Photo: California attorney and dentist Orly Taitz, left, of the Defend Our Freedoms Foundation, speaks to reporters on the steps of the federal courthouse in Columbus, Ga. in September.

Credit: Chuck Williams / Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer


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Yet again you people suprise me with your blatent hypocrisy and lack of fore thought. Do you people just blindly do what your told, no questions asked? What a stupid question, Of couse you do!

Stuff like this makes me sick, this is just bad journalism! Whatever happened to the truth? Remeber that five-letter idea?


So, Hannah, just what are you trying to say here ?? I think anyone would describe what Orly Taitz has been doing as an embarrassment. Her actions merely serve to get her name in the press, and to dumb down the debate. The thought or Ms. Taitz holding state office would certainly make California look even wackier than it already does. Lets agree to disagree on some points and make this state work once more.

Ron Nussbeck

Poll shocker! Majority wants Obama records,
Maintain president should be chased from office if he doesn't come clean

At a time when Barack Obama is getting heat for stonewalling information about an alleged administration bribery scandal, a new poll shows more Americans than ever suspect the president is hiding information about his own background and want him to come clean.

Questions about Obama's eligibility to be president, exacerbated by his refusal to answer questions, release ordinary background documentation and his extraordinary legal maneuvers to keep his background hidden, have been on the radar of a number of top-level investigative reporters and news organizations since before his election.

Essentially, while the Constitution requires a president to be a "natural born citizen," none of the questions about Obama's qualifications – or lack thereof – under that requirement have yet been answered. Google petition

google search to sign petition, over 500,000 have signed in the first few days. : 'New eligibility strategy working'
Petition drive spurs action in half a dozen states

Dan O

More proof that some people are just plain-ole crazy. Amazing that over 370 thousand people voted for this ditz. The evidence of Obama's eligibility has already been provided and certified. Whether some tin-foil hat wearing moonbats choose not to believe it is not our problem.

Lonnie B. Collett

You know if there was nothing in Obama's passed, including his Birth, he would have been more then happy to let them be seen. Want to see my birth certificate, social security card, drivers license...want to meet my family? I have nothing to be ashamed of showing them. If I did, I would be just like Obama and keep them hid from everyone. So, what does that tell you????


3-1 isn't a great victor, but a solid victory none the less. In regions where leaders get confidence votes they general are expected to garner at least 80% of the votes, with 95% being better. Also, for a single issue candidate Ms. Taitz did quite well.

Anthony Hopkins

California Politics

This is big news!! This is because it is a very large state with a lot of delegates. This is also a state with a lot of people especially those who represent the Republican Party. The Republican Party’s dynamics have shifted in 2008. It has its many challenges. I am happy to see that there are promising politicians who have the potential of making a big difference in any governmental agency. No matter what party you represent, it is about serving the needs of the people in the United States. Please keep up the good work!!! Let's Get Back to Work America!!!! Let's get things straight politicians for all of us okay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Anthony Hopkins
Dayton, Ohio

PS: I hope and pray that all of the oil is officially removed from the Gulf of Mexico as well as any other waterways throughout the United States.

Anthony Hopkins

Father Day Blog

Father's Day is a very exciting day for all males who are fathers. At least this is a day when it is important for men who are fathers to spend quality time with their children. In some cases, it will be okay for any man who is not a father to spend time with his own family. At least spending time with your own parents is very important. Men can even spend time with their niece and nephews or spend time with children inside of the neighborhood. This is very important because we have to keep our children from engaging in reckless behaviors. This will instill social and moral values in our children. At least it would let them know that they are appreciated by someone outside of their own families. This in itself is very important. Therefore, validation is important!!
Anthony Hopkins
Dayton, Ohio


Alexander Hamilton, the man on the $10 bill, was born a subject of His Danish Majesty. John McCain was born in the Canal Zone.

During the Vietnam Conflict, that 60's quagmire, Admiral Stockdale was tortured in tandem with fellow Hanoi Hilton "guests" Orson Swindle and John McCain. Stockdale opened by asking 'What am I doing here?' on a national debate (with other vice presidential candidates) as Perot's running mate. And Swindle was a Marine lieutenant colonel with 20 military decorations: exactly as many decorations as years he spent as a POW. Initially presented in Hawaii as a former official in the Reagan administration, and as a prominent friend of maverick Sen. McCain, Swindle went on to head Perot's Hawaii campaign. I questioned Swindle at a debate as to why he equated opposition to the minimum wage with patriotism. He went on to lose, but then he said the people were too stupid to vote for him.

I didn't want to disparage show-me-your-papers McCain too much (he is, after all, running for reelection in AZ). But there will never be a supercarrier named for him.

I was too young to vote for JFK (who also has his super-carrier aoppelation). But I did read JFK's book Profiles in Courage.

PT boat skipper and torpedo bomber skipper great-grandpa Bush no matter if they were sunk or shot down came back resilient and proud. Hanoi Hilton POWs came back, 1) what am I doing here? 2) the people were too stupid to vote for me, and 3) SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS!

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