The following article is opinion. It is slim on facts and heavy on speculation. It is an attempt to connect the dots to make one possible picture of Orly Taitz.
Orly Taitz fancies herself the leader of the movement to unseat Obama. Her web site declares itself the: “World’s Leading Obama Eligibility Challenge Web Site.” But is Orly Taitz the leader of the birther movement, or is she its number one victim?
Whenever you see Orly Taitz, in court or on TV, she is talking about President Obama having 39 Social Security numbers and his having committed fraud because of it. Did Orly Taitz discover those numbers? No, they came from private investigators (Sankey and Daniels) who I presume sold this raw, unverified, information to her.
An unscrupulous disbarred lawyer and felon Charles Lincoln has found and ingratiated himself (some say to the extreme) with Orly. You may recall that Orly was asking for donations of furniture, transportation and living space for Lincoln. I assume she’s giving him money from web site donations, or her own bank account for expenses. If the Lucas Smith declaration is to be believed, Charles Lincoln may be quite the gigolo. Lucas Smith, con man and multiple felon himself has either obtained, or likely tried to obtain money from Taitz for his fake Kenyan birth certificate (he tried to sell it on eBay, so it makes sense he tried to sell it to her when eBay canceled his auctions). It looks to me that these two nefarious characters are living off Orly or have tried to collect money from her. Smith’s little declaration to the court may be payback for a failed blackmail scheme–who knows?
She is being fed crazy theories from her web site’s commenters and by email, just as are the other birthers. She is a victim of birther misinformation more than anyone, and it has consumed her time and probably her money as well, and led her to sanctions from the federal court, and likely disbarment.
How did she fall victim like this? There is no question it was based on prejudice. She said so herself in the October 5, 2009, hearing in Barnett v Obama:
… I was just horrified from the moment Mr. Obama started running, and the moment he opened his mouth, I knew where we are going because I lived it [in the Soviet Union], I felt it on my own skin, and it was just one nightmare.
Orly seems to have an obsessive personality, and this may add to her likelihood of being victimized. I do not know exactly the history of how Orly Taitz got involved with her original case, Lightfoot v. Bowen, but I think she volunteered. From then on, she was seen as a credulous person, and an easy mark.
So yes, Orly Taitz is batshirt crazy, but I am not ready to call her evil. I see her as a victim of unscrupulous characters, her repressive upbringing in the Soviet Union, the anti-Obama smear campaign from the 2008 election, her anti-Muslim prejudice, her own obsessive character, and the seductive nature of fame itself. Once she loses her license to practice law, the fame of the crusading lawyer dries up. She will go back to being a nobody. That could be a crushing blow. I see Orly Taitz, “queen bee of the birthers” as an essentially tragic figure in the making.