Apparently unable to a field a single viable senate candidate this year, the California GOP may, hilariously, be stuck with shrieking birther queen Orly Taitz as its nominee against Democratic incumbent Dianne Feinstein following today's primary. Some polls have shown Taitz — who unsuccessfully ran for the party's secretary of state nomination in 2010 — leading a pack of fourteen Republican hopefuls, none of whom has the name recognition of a woman known solely for championing birther conspiracies.
However, the GOP also might not end up fielding a senate nominee at all: Under California's new non-partisan primary system, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will face each other in the general election. And without a strong GOP candidate, another Democrat, or even a third-party candidate, could take the No. 2 spot behind Feinstein tonight. Considering the alternative, these might actually be the most favorable outcomes for the California Republican Party.