Slate.com carries an article by David Weigel on the relative newsworthiness of Alvin Greene (flash in the pan Democratic Senate candidate in South Carolina) and Orly Taitz (flash in the pan candidate for the Republican nomination for California Secretary of State). Weigel wrote:
So Taitz has played a role in a weird and interesting story; she has pushed a fringe cause, with some minor implications on the 2012 presidential race, into the mainstream. Her cause will continue to get attention even if she fades; she knows what she’s doing.
Related article from the Daily Beast.