One disappointing result for Democrats from Tuesday’s California primary is that they will be denied the spectacle of having an even bigger tea party bozo on the ballot for U.S. Senate this fall than the bozos in the 2008 Senate races, Sharron “Second Amendment Remedies” Angle in Nevada and Christine “I am Not a Witch” O’Donnell in Delaware.
Tea party birther queen Orly Taitz had been the odds-on favorite to take on the incumbent, Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the fall. But Taitz came in a disappointing fifth on the ballot, with just 3.1 percent or 113,563 votes.
There was no Republican elected official, high-ranking party member or GOP establishment candidate in the race. Instead, Feinstein will run against a political unknown, Danville autism activist Elizabeth Emken, in November.
The voting on Tuesday was the first in California’s new “jungle primary” system in which candidates’ party affiliation are not shown on the ballot. Feinstein faced 23 other candidates, 14 of whom were Republicans. The senator won 49.3 percent of the vote (1.8 million votes), while Emken received 12.5 percent (454,937 votes).
Taitz had the highest name recognition by far among the challengers. One possible reason for her change in fortunes is that Taitz, who has made her name demanding that Pres. Obama release his birth records, made news on the day before the election because she had failed to submit her campaign finance records.
What was she hiding? Possibly a poor showing in attracting donations. Records show that Taitz had been forced to lend own campaign $280,000 last month.