If anyone was hoping that this birther movement was dead and gone even after wingnut and discredited birther in chief Orly Taitz has has been fined $20,000 for a frivolous suit in Georgia, it seems Taitz is not going away quietly and she's got some wingnut judge in Georgia doing his best to help her stir up trouble in the upcoming presidential election as well.
Rachel Maddow spoke to Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon about the continued effort to keep President Obama off of the ballot in the upcoming presidential race and whether anyone ought to take those threats seriously.
Here's more on the judge's ruling -- Georgia judge orders Obama to appear in court for hearing on attempt to keep him off ballot:
A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and can't be president.
It's one of many such lawsuits that have been filed across the country, so far without success. A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama's name off the state's ballot in the March presidential primary.
An Obama campaign aide says any attempt to involve the president personally will fail and such complaints around the country have no merit.
The hearing is set for Thursday before an administrative judge. Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi on Friday denied a motion by the president's lawyer to quash a subpoena that requires Obama to show up.
As The Huffington Post noted, it's unlikely we're going to see President Obama showing up in court any time soon -- Obama Birther Case In Georgia Unlikely To Bring The President, Despite Judge's Order:
The White House appears prepared to ignore a recent ruling by Georgia Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi that would require President Obama to attend a birther hearing in Fulton County, Ga., on Thursday.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney outlined Barack Obama's weekly agenda on Monday, noting that the president is scheduled to hit Las Vegas, Denver and Detroit on Thursday in a whirlwind tour to talk middle class job creation.
That's not likely to sit well with Malihi, who last week rejected an effort by Obama's legal team to quash a subpoena that would require president appear in court that day. The complaint, like many others of its kind, claims Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and therefore can't be president.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on Malihi's decision to deny the administration's efforts to counter the subpoena: [...]
Taitz had earlier received a $20,000 fine for a frivolous suit in Georgia. In that suit, she represented two soldiers who were seeking to avoid deployment over their belief that Obama wasn't eligible to be president. Earlier this month, she reacted to Malihi's original decision to deny a motion by the administration to have the challenges dismissed by saying she would now be able to "depose" the president.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with attorney Melvin Goldstein, who is not involved with the case, to get some insight on what might happen if the administration simply turned a blind eye to the court order. While unprecedented, he said Malihi could possibly refer the matter to a Fulton County Superior Court judge, who could then decide whether to enforce the subpoena. If necessary, Goldstein suggested, the judge could hold the president in contempt.
It's almost unbelievable to me that we've got a court in Georgia actually willing to give credence to Taitz and her ilk, but sadly this is one of the places we're at in American politics today with a Republican Party that's desperate to hold onto power no matter what it takes and that have little use for democracy or winning elections by means other than cheating and rigging the system and with buffoons like Taitz willing to help them along . It's just shameful and that's the nicest thing I can think of to say about Taitz's case, the idiotic judge, or the state of Georgia for allowing some wingnut like this judge to ever be allowed to hold public office.
It's bad enough we've got to worry about electronic voting machines and whether votes will be counted or not in the upcoming election, but we get to add this sort of nonsense to the mix as well. It's nothing short of disgusting and shameless and destructive to what's left of our democracy. A fraud like Taitz should not be allowed to affect whether Americans can vote to reelect the legitimately previously elected President of the United States.