Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t

From The Oakland Tribune:

LOS ANGELES — Several California Republican politicians, including Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, are scheduled to share the stage this week with one of the leaders of the “birther” movement that asserts President Barack Obama was not born in this country and is thus ineligible for his elected office.

Orly Taitz, an Orange County attorney who has gone to court many times to try to disqualify Obama, was invited to speak Thursday at a Tax Day Tea Party rally in Pleasanton that is expected to draw thousands. Late Tuesday, organizers said that they had rescinded Taitz’s invitation after questions were raised about her presence by candidates who had been contacted by the Los Angeles Times.

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Bridget Melson, founder and president of the Pleasanton Tea Party, said the organization had been “getting calls from candidates like crazy.”

“It’s not worth it,” she said. “She’s too controversial. This is not what the tea party is about at this point.”

Taitz’s lawsuits have been thrown out and lambasted by judges; she has been fined $20,000 for filing frivolous lawsuits, and Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly deemed her a “nut.” Taitz, who is now running for secretary of state, was nonetheless invited to speak at Thursday’s event, which is expected to be among the largest Tax Day events in California.


In addition to Fiorina, a representative of Senate candidate Chuck DeVore’s campaign and several congressional and state legislative candidates are scheduled to speak at the rally.

One candidate threatened to withdraw from the event before Tuesday’s decision to uninvite Taitz.   John Dennis, who is running for the Republican nomination to oppose House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco, said he would not appear on the same stage as Taitz.


Taitz is best known for her crusade to prove Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, a falsehood that sprung to life during the 2008 presidential campaign and that most voters and mainstream Republicans reject. However, she also has been creating waves in the state Republican Party.

In a phone interview Tuesday before her invitation was pulled, Taitz dismissed the dust-up over her planned appearance.

“Look, the truth is the truth,” she said. “It is important for the public to know. Just like it took some time but Watergate was investigated and there was resolution. By the same token, Obama needs to be investigated.”


[Some] said that GOP candidates merely need to distance themselves from Taitz’s message. Not everyone speaking at the event would do so, however, including a top state party official who argued that Obama’s birthplace is not settled.

“I certainly don’t have enough information to decide that,” said Tom Del Beccaro, vice chairman of the California Republican Party. “I’ve never seen yay or nay either way, so how could I know?”

A consultant to San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, a candidate for state Assembly who is speaking Thursday, declined to say where Wilson thinks Obama was born.

“Given the things going on in our state right now, the last thing I am thinking about is where Barack Obama was born,” consultant Joe Roe quoted Wilson as saying.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

California Republican Party vice chair Tom Del Becarro, the outspoken conservative publisher of, says that there is no way he’s part of the “birther” movement — and he charges the whole thing is being tossed around by Democrats to “create controversy” and shift focus from real election year issues.


The story kicked off after Del Beccaro, who’s in line to be the party’s next chairman, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story today about the birther controversy — after “birther” rabblerouser  Orly Taitz was tossed from the Pleasanton Tea Party Wednesday following concerns from some campaigns and some Republicans.

No wonder: Taitz’s “queen birther” fringe element appeal has also prompted cringes from some GOPers.  As a Republican candidate for California Secretary of State, she is suing the frontrunning GOP Secretary of State candidate, former NFL player Damon Dunn — who has racked up a score of major endorsements. Taitz has said on her website that “the only reason he was endorsed so far is because he is an African American, and Republicans want to have an African American to show diversity.”

Both GOP U.S. Senate candidates Chuck DeVore, the Assemblyman from Irvine, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina have distanced themselves from Taitz — and the birther movement. The two Senate candidates, who were scheduled to appear at the Pleasanton Tea Party, have both insisted that they believe President Obama was born in the United States.

Del Beccaro insists he was joking in his response with the LA Times reporter and “taken out of context” in his response to questions on the President’s birthplace.

“I certainly don’t have enough information to decide that,” Del Beccaro told Times reporter Seema Mehta, who’s both well-known and well-respected in her coverage of state politics. “I’ve never seen yay or nay either way, so how could I know?”


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15 responses to “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t

  1. JaxDem

    Howling with laughter over the toofie pin…tres clever Nonnie 😀

    You know you’ve hit bottom if BillO says you’re nutz and the baggers don’t want you either.

    You rocked this one Nons…

    • 😆 i was wondering if anyone would notice orly’s jewelry. i can always count on my raisinettes! 😀

      i think it’s hilarious that poor orly is being left in the dust when she was one of the original “birthers” of the wingnut teabagging movement. she must be really pissed that batshit bachmann and princess sarah have stolen her thunder.

  2. Montana

    The simpleton Birthers along with the Tea baggers are the same whiners that were crying when the McCain/Bailin ticket lost. Now that their yelling and screaming failed to stop the health care debate and the bill from passing they are crying again. Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. The Republicans are good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. Instead of participating in the health care debate of ideas the Republicans party turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy roots). In my opinion the Republican Waterloo loss was caused by the party allowing a small portions (but very loud) of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to take over their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and presidents like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. Although some Republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe most of them, having no game plan/ vision for our country, are just going along and fanning the flames. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits. But they now claim they have changed, come on, what sucker is going to believe that? All I can say to you is remember Waterloo.

    • hello montana,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      one correction–they didn’t so much whine when capt underpants/princess sarah lost the election, they were whining when obama won. the rethugs are very good riling up the opposition when a dem is in the oval office (recall the impeachment nonsense), and they are joined this time by the racists and bigots who can’t stand the fact that a black guy is president.

      that was a righteous rant, montana, and i hope you’ll stop by and rant often.

  3. writechic

    Wow, tent’s gettin’ smaller now. Great work, Nonnie, didn’t think that movie poster could get creepier! Orly did the trick.

    (And Montana! I second Nonnie’s praise. Righteous rant indeed. 🙂 )

  4. When you are too weird for the tea party crowd, you have peaked in weirdness!

  5. That’s a scary poster! Reminds me why I keep my old speargun from Key West by the bed in case my ex wife ever comes through the window. Do we know Orly isn’t the result of some twisted experiment of Stalin? Is she even from this planet?…..Historical note: Hamilton was never president. A ball from the dueling pistol of Burr saw to that.

    • i don’t know what would stop orly. i suppose we’ll just have to wait for her batteries to wear down. either that or we’ll have to wait for the media to stop giving her the attention she craves. 😕 i guess we’ll have to wait for her batteries to wear down.

  6. Joanaroo

    Speaking of farts, it’s funny to see that the Tea Baqgers are starting a little infighting. It’s like how my dad’s late friend used to get little groups of old ladies riled up at each other at the supermarket. He’d quietly walk near them when he felt an S.B.D. coming on and fart quietly, then walk away and watch them glare at each other and squabble over who did it. R.I.P., Kenny, you nut! I wish I had the nerve to do that at a Rethug campaign stop! =)