Foggy over at The Fogbow forum has said that if they got the 30 best lawyers on that forum in a room to decide what Orly Taitz would do next, she would do something else.
I can’t speak for other anti-birther activists, but my own role is solely reactive. If the birthers weren’t pulling some new stunt almost every day, I would quickly run out of material and have to shut this whole thing down.
A reporter interviewed me1 this afternoon and asked a lot of questions that required thought and introspection. I felt a little bad about the fact that I really don’t know what proportion of the birthers have the various motivations they do. Is it racism? Yes, and no. Will the birthers bring more lawsuits this year? Maybe fewer.2 Will the eligibility issue remain at the center of the birther community or will the branch out? Not sure. Can birthers ever be convinced they are wrong? Not usually. Is it possible to have a real dialog with a birther? We disrespect each other too much for that.
Birthers largely have the initiative. They publish an affidavit. They file a lawsuit. They start letter-writing campaigns. They buy a newspaper ad or hold a press conference. They forward chain emails. Have you ever seen a chain emails forwarded to everybody on somebody’s mailing list saying Obama is eligible to be President? I haven’t.
I really don’t know what the birthers are going to do after January 20. Whatever it is, I’ll react to it.
That said, there may be some strategizing among anti-birthers. I’m sure the Obama campaign discussed it. Comments have been made by the defense team in Taitz v. Democrat Party of Mississippi about trying to shut Orly down through crippling sanctions and that the decision to answer her complaint rather than to move to dismiss was a strategic move to keep Orly from slipping out the case.
In one respect, both sides are activists with birthers trying to get Obama out of the White House, and a few anti-birthers trying to get Orly Taitz disbarred. I personally have never tried to do this. As far as I’m concerned, if Orly went back to full-time dentistry, I’d wave good bye and forget about her.
As the Joker said to Batman, “you made me,” I say the same thing to the birthers.
1I won’t say any more about that unless something actually gets published.
2I think the opportunities for new lawsuits will be limited. Now that the election is over, I don’t see much that can be done in state courts. Pretty much all the post-election gambits in federal court were already tried in 2009.