Birther Queen Orly Taitz Could Win Primary To Face Dianne Feinstein

This will be the first year in which California’s new primary election system, which consists of a non-partisan primary that results in the top-two vote getters regardless of party facing off against each other in the November General Election. Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election and is guaranteed to be one of the two people to go on to the General Election, but the new process could mean that the most bizarre candidate possible ends up facing her:

Washington – A novel California primary that premieres Tuesday was intended to produce moderates, but in California’s U.S. Senate race, it could yield a challenger who claims President Obama was born in Kenya.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 78, running for a fourth full term, faces 23 challengers, including 14 Republicans, the best known of whom is litigious Orange County “birther” Orly Taitz, a Russian Israeli emigre who has appeared on national television with her claims that Obama faked his birth certificate.

Polls taken by robocalls, including those commissioned by Taitz, show Feinstein with a wide lead, trailed by a strange assortment of single-digit rivals, in some cases led by Taitz.

Whoever finishes second Tuesday, from any party, wins the chance to take on Feinstein in November.

A second-place finish by Taitz would be seen in both parties as a national embarrassment for the Republican Party, rivaling the candidacy of Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell, the 2010 GOP Senate nominee in Delaware.

John Avlon, the author of Wingnuts, comments:

It’s hard to overstate just how bad that would be for the Golden State GOP.

An avowed birther activist and litigant, dentist, attorney, mother of three, and Moldovan immigrant who radiates instability could be the standard-bearer of the party of Reagan in the largest state in the nation. Is this a great country or what?

I’ve met Taitz, debating her on air once and spending an hour at her law office/dental practice in the hills of Rancho Santa Margarita while I was researching Wingnuts. She is not unintelligent and is almost charmingly insane, proudly showing off prominent alleged Facebook friends and then comparing Obama to Stalin, all while passing over hundreds of pages of Xeroxed documents she has sent to governors of all 50 states and the entire U.S. Senate. The packet details accusations including impersonation of a military officer, libel, defamation of character, harassment, breaking into the computer system of the Supreme Court, voter fraud, and forgery, concluding: “Verify the above facts brought forward by me and demand Obama/Soetoro’s immediate resignation or removal from office due to fraud and constitutional inability. National security and national survival depends on your expedient actions…”

In other words, nut-balls. Orly Taitz as a candidate for U.S. Senate would make Christine O’Donnell look like Henry Clay. She would make Sharron Angle look like Daniel Webster. Donald Trump seems a model of restraint by comparison.

As Avlon goes on to note, this is the same California Republican Party that once gave us, between the 1950s and the 1980s, two Presidents (one of whom also served as Vice-President and the other of whom was a popular two-term Governor), and a Chief Justice Of The United States (who was also a former Governor). And, now, Orly Taitz? Partly this is a sign that no serious Republican in California wanted to take on Feinstein because they knew it was a losing proposition. Even so, a Taitz victory today would be a tremendous embarrassment and I’m sure you’ll see every prominent national Republican distance themselves as fast as possible from the California Senate race.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. mattb says:

    First of all… bully to California for moving to this primary system. I wish everyone would adopt this model as, ultimately, I think it can lead to better candidates (not to mention possibly leading to getting more sane candidates from the two national parties).

    That said, please, please, please let Mrs Taitz win this! Jan, we all here would love you even more if you voted for her… same thing for you James in LA and the rest of the OTB Cali crowd!

    Taitz, Taitz, Taitz!!!

    BTW: I’m just curious, do the OTB Cali republican contingent here believe that Taitz would do a better job representing them than Feinstein? I mean we already know that many of them thought Cain and Bachmann would make better Presidents than Obama.

    (I’m just wondering where the crazy cut off is.)

  2. It’s not really suprising that the Republican voters in California are voting for an insane candidate. Being conservative in that state would probably drive me nuts too.

  3. Tsar Nicholas says:

    I’m really out of the loop, I guess. I live in California and although I’ve seen references to “Orly Taitz” on blog threads until I read this post I didn’t even know to whom those references were addressed or what those references meant.

    In any event, I’ve voted against DiFi in every single one of her Senate elections, but if this Taitz character is her opponent for obvious reasons then I’ll just skip that portion of the ballot this November.

    As for the California GOP, well, that’s a long and tragic story. Suffice it to say that “single-issue” voters and ironically enough non-voters in the early to mid-1990’s commenced a process that less than two decades later has rendered what once was a political juggernaut into a national laughingstock, verging on political extinction.

  4. anjin-san says:

    Seems fitting. She is a leader in the GOP.

    It would be nice to have a decent Republican candidate, Feinstein is little more than a shill for PG&E.

  5. Under no conceivable sense of the word is Orly Taitz a “leader” in the GOP. That’s just silly.

  6. anjin-san says:

    Under no conceivable sense of the word is Orly Taitz a “leader” in the GOP. That’s just silly.

    Silly? Really? Romney had embraced Trump, and Trump is a hard core birther. Taitz is a Republican thought leader.

  7. al-Ameda says:

    I will be voting in a about an hour, and although I am a Democrat and I strongly support Dianne Feinstein, I definitely plan to vote for Orly Taitz today – I want to do my part to make sure she’s the Republican candidate in November.

    One benefit of having Taitz on the ballot is that we’ll find out the baseline percentage of voters who would vote for an insane person (or a ham sandwich) over Dianne Feinstein.

    I will definitely vote for Dianne Feinstein in November.

  8. Dave Anderson says:

    @al-Ameda: 27%

  9. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Dave Anderson: Inevitably so.

  10. anjin-san says:

    I will definitely vote for Dianne Feinstein in November.

    I will too. But her response to the San Mateo PG&E disaster was pathetic. She might as well tattoo “Owned” on her forehead.

  11. anjin-san says:

    And Doug, to be clear, Taitz, a freakshow nutjob, is not some kind of silly outlier in GOP politics. Her ideas are mainstream. Get back to me when Romney denounces Trump’s extremism.