SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nothing succeeds like persistence - unless you’re Orly Taitz.
The 52-year-old lawyer-dentist-real estate agent from Laguna Niguel, Calif., brought her years-long battle to oust Barack Obama from the presidency to a federal courtroom Thursday in Sacramento.
Her appearance was part of a last-minute bid to stop the counting of Electoral College votes in Washington, D.C., that will pave the way for the president’s second inauguration Jan. 21.
She failed. Again.
But the hearing before U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. was hardly routine.
Taitz has been dubbed the “birther queen” for her claims that Obama was born outside the United States and therefore cannot legally be president.
“What we’re doing here is the right thing,” she said during the hearing at Sacramento’s downtown federal courthouse. “It’s stopping treason.
“We are looking for one honest judge who will look at the case on its merits.”
She ran into a brick wall with England. The judge sparred with her for more than an hour as the hearing played out in a courtroom overflowing with spectators, many of them clearly not Obama supporters.
“Your argument, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever,” the judge told her at one point.
In the end, England rejected her request for a temporary restraining order that would stop the tally of Electoral College votes and deny Obama a second term.
The hearing stemmed from a suit Taitz filed Dec. 13 on behalf of two Electoral College electors and three minor presidential candidates.
In an argument that England noted Taitz has pursued 13 previous times in court, she sought to present evidence that the president’s birth certificate is a forgery.
“It’s a joke,” she told the judge. “It’s not even a good forgery.”
She added that the president is using a stolen Social Security number, that Obama may not really be his last name and that, basically, he is has no right to serve, “not (as) president, not a janitor in the office of president.”