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The Washington Post Botches It on Orly Taitz

Going back over that Liza Mundy profile of Orly Taitz, I think she actually missed an important detail about Taitz’s arguments, as well as missing the only

Elisa Mueller
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 06, 2009

Going back over that Liza Mundy profile of Orly Taitz, I think she actually missed an important detail about Taitz’s arguments, as well as missing the only reason to report on her, beyond freakwatching. First, the argument Mundy missed.

She has developed a scenario whereby Obama’s American mother gave birth in Kenya, his father’s native country, then persuaded bureaucrats to falsify his records and ease him back into this country. She also conjectures that he may be a citizen of Indonesia, where Obama lived for a time after his mother remarried.

The thing is, Taitz has consistently argued that even if neither of those things were true, Obama would be ineligible for the presidency because his father was Kenyan, and that would have bestowed British citizenship on his son thanks to the 1948 Nationalities Act. This is, of course, a completely insane argument.

But that leads me to the reason why Taitz has any news value at all — she has convinced elected Republicans that the British disqualification of Obama is a real thing. I’ve spoken to one of them, State Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-Mo.), who has brought Taitz to meet other legislators in Missouri, and who told me at the How to Take Back America conference that the British theory made a lot of sense. I’ve spoken to Michael Schwartz, chief of staff to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), after Taitz presented her evidence to him; Schwartz was not convinced, but the fact that she had the conversation at all was surprising.

A little digging, or some time at a site like Politijab, would reveal the disturbing access that the deeply ridiculous Taitz has gotten to elected officials. Instead, the Post ran a puff piece with references to Taitz’s “charming but ferocious tenacity, part Meg Ryan, part Madame Defarge.” I don’t remember the paper running such pieces about former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), whose career imploded — justifiably so — after she apparently endorsed 9/11 conspiracies in a radio interview.

Taitz is not an amusing cartoon character. She’s clogging up courts, accusing judges of treason, and getting face time with Republicans. Simply put, the Post botched this story.

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Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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