State elections ordinarily rate little note on a blog devoted to military justice matters, but here’s an exception to the rule: California attorney Orly Taitz, the so-called “birther queen” who championed the anti-Obama cause on her own behalf and achieved CAAFlog fame in cases involving military litigants CPT Connie Rhodes and CPT Pamela Barnett, is a candidate in today’s primary election in California.  She’s running for the GOP nomination for Secretary of State.

There is some speculation in the California Republican party that Ms. Taitz, who was sanctioned by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land for her antics in the Rhodes case, could win the nomination. If so, and if she prevails in the general election in November, Ms. Taitz would become the top election official in the state with the largest number of electoral college votes.  In that post, she would be responsible for initially determining ballot eligibility questions in the 2012 election cycle.

Stay tuned tonight.

UPDATE:  As of 9 pm PDT, Ms. Taitz trails badly.  With 10% of California precincts reporting, her opponent leads with 74.8% of the vote.  No word on whether he is eligible to with the nomination, though — perhaps there’s still hope.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE:  With just over 54% of California precincts now in, Ms. Taitz still trails.  She has made up some ground on her opponent, whose share of the vote has dropped to just 73.9%, but her prospects for a win now look very slim indeed.

FINAL TOTALS:  Although she made up some ground during the late-night tally, Ms. Taitz has fallen just short of victory, garnering 25.7% of the vote.  Those who have followed her career for inspiration (or entertainment) will be disappointed, but I suspect we have not heard the last of Ms. Taitz or her political ambitions.

13 Responses to “Secretary Taitz?”

  1. Edward Rooney, Dean of Students says:

    Isn’t this the greatest nation on earth?

    Just today, on NPR, I heard a report from a convention of self-proclaimed “radical left progressives”, criticizing President Obama for being too bi-partisan. Their criticisms were based on their fear that the Dems would lose the mid-terms and that “the nation would go to the crazies.”

    What do you mean “you people?”

    What do YOU mean “you people?”

  2. Bridget says:

    Only in California. Not without precedent. In 1980, then Ku Klux Klan biggie, who takes credit for founding the White Aryan Resistance, Tom Metzger won the Democratic nomination for a Congressional seat from San Diego County. That led the (horrified)local Democratic Party to back Republic Clair Burgener, who ultimately won the race by more than 200,000 votes.

  3. Christopher Mathews says:

    I hadn’t heard that story specifically, but it sounds familiar: in 1991, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan founder David Duke ran for Louisiana governor against corrupt former governor Edwin Edwards, leading to bumperstickers that read “Vote for the crook. It’s important.” Edwards won with over 60% of the vote, but Duke claimed victory nonetheless saying “I won my constituency. I won 55% of the white vote.”

    Orly Taitz, though, hasn’t proven herself to be in the same league as Metzger or Duke.

  4. soonergrunt says:

    {teabagger-birfer}But, but, but…WHAT’S THE STANDARD FOR CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE?!?!? CAN SHE PROVE HER ELIGIBILITY?!?!?
    AND WHY WON’T YOU CAAFLOGGERS ADDRESS THE POINT I THINK I HAVE AND ADMIT YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE MILITARY, THE CONSTITUTION, AND THE LAW?!?!?!? HUH!?! WHY DO YOU INSIST ON READING WHAT THE LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION AND PRECEDENT ACTUALLY SAY?!?!? WHAT ABOUT THE TREATISE ON SHUFFLEBOARD TACTICS BY AN OBSCURE PHILOSOPHER FROM THE NATION OF TUVALU IN 1921?!?! DON’T YOU ALL LOVE THIS COUNTRY AS MUCH AS ME?!?!?
    {/teabagger-birfer}
    I think I have a headache. I’m going to lay down now.

  5. Dave says:

    You left out Major Stefan Cook, another military Taitz plaintiff.

  6. Christopher Mathews says:

    You’re right, of course, but that case doesn’t seem to have been covered on CAAFlog.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Her twisted goal all along for running for this position.

    In her logic-less mind, she probably believes she will win, and she will be able to block Obama from the California ballot thus saving the country from…something bad.

  8. Anonymous says:

    And wasn’t there a 2Lt Easterling a while back saying the same stuff? Military.com had an article on the Cook case that mentioned him. I don’t know what happened with him.

  9. soonergrunt says:

    His name was Scott Easterling. He was, if memory serves, a former Haliburton contractor who got himself a commission in Engineer branch in the Army Reserves.
    Can’t find anything about him after the initial flurry of fool-fluffing upon his announcement of stupidity. He seems to have fallen off the face of the earth which is probable considering the likely nexus between birthers and flat-earthers.

  10. Phil Cave says:

    election results here
    http://goo.gl/YK8t

  11. Anonymous says:

    Maybe she can run for President of Nigeria? She can try getting out “the truth” on the back-end?

  12. Anon says:

    Someone should fire the idiot “strategist” that thought this wing-nut ever had a chance of getting the nomination.

  13. mikeyes says:

    No, No, the Stanford grad won. Where you go to school does mean something.