Today’s primary elections feature a few interesting races around the country, such as the Democrats’ Senate runoff in Arkansas (incumbent Blanche Lincoln is in real trouble there) and South Carolina’s bizarre Republican primary for governor (Nikki Haley is rumored to be the favorite, but then, she’s rumored to be a lot of things).
But for sheer entertainment value, good ol’ California might carry the night. The wacked-out Orly Taitz is on the ballot there as a candidate for the GOP nomination for secretary of state, and her more mainstream opponent, ex-NFL player Damon Dunn, hasn’t run much of a race.
As a result, Politico warns, there’s a chance the Birther Queen could even 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?”
…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.
… As secretary of state, Taitz would be California’s top elections official, and Taitz has said she would push for rules requiring voters to present identification at the polls and force candidates to prove they were eligible to be placed on the ballot.
“I would demand identification and eligibility from all voters to make sure there is no fraud. Also they must have eligibility to be elected,” she says.
“Our country will turn into a banana republican until we disclose information that is related to voter fraud,” she told POLITICO….
“For professional Republicans right now, the main tactic in regards to Orly Taitz is prayer,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College and a longtime observer of California politics.
“Down-ballot races in California can definitely take odd bounces. I would say Damon Dunn is the favorite, but I wouldn’t bet my next mortgage on it.”