Marjorie Taylor Greene Vs Rules Committee
Marjorie Taylor Greene Vs Rules Committee
Marjorie Taylor Greene, the freshman House member from Georgia, is certainly a lightning rod. She has made comments which are eyebrow-raising, to put it mildly — adhering to QAnon conspiracies, plus suggesting the Sandy Hook shooting and even 9/11 were false flag events. She also has claimed that Jews are responsible for non-white immigration.
And that’s just a sampling of her brain droppings.
So on Thursday, House Democrats will vote to strip her of committee assignments after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy refused to do so on Wednesday. Greene currently sits on the Education and Labor Committee, as well as the Budget Committee. But apparently not for long.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said in a tweet that there is “no alternative.” The House must hold a floor vote.
“I spoke to Leader McCarthy this morning, and it is clear there is no alternative to holding a Floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments. The Rules Committee will meet this afternoon, and the House will vote on the resolution tomorrow.”
And since the Dems hold the majority in the House, Greene can bid farewell to her committee assignments.
As for Marjorie Taylor Greene herself, she apologized to her GOP colleagues on the eve of the floor vote. Some of her colleagues even gave her a standing ovation. But it’s too little, too late. Soon she will be a member of a rare club of congress members: those who have been kicked off committees. Most of them had been convicted of actual crimes, although some expressed views that rankled party leadership — namely, Republican party leadership.
But while Democrats have become sanctimonious about Greene’s loony comments, they have no problem with the outrageous statements their side has made.
Allow me to elaborate.
For example, last year Sen. Chuck Schumer threatened two members of the Supreme Court, Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, while they were debating abortion legislation:
“I want to tell you Neil Gorusch, and you Brett Kavanaugh, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Chief Justice John Roberts was not pleased with Schumer:
“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.”
Then there was Sen. Cory Booker, who told “Late Night” host Seth Myers that his hormones make him “feel like punching Trump,” who was president at the time. Booker also told followers in 2018 to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
Speaking of getting in the face of people, who can forget the antics of Rep. Maxine Waters? She instructed her supporters to harass Trump staffers:
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
“Michelle always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them.”
And as for anti-Semites in Congress, consider Rep. Ilhan Omar, who supports the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement aimed at Israel. Also consider that last year the federal government declared the Global BDS movement to be anti-Semitic. Plus, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, another anti-Semite, removed Israel from the map in her congressional office.
Can you imagine the caterwauling of Democrats if Republicans had said or done such things? The GOP would’ve never heard the end of it. But Democrats don’t care if their membership engages in over-the-top rhetoric.
But back to Marjorie Taylor Greene.
She’s crazy. As a Republican, I find her embarrassing, and I wish she weren’t in Congress at all. But she is a duly elected representative of the 14th district of Georgia. She also trounced her Democrat opponent, who unofficially withdrew from the race. So it doesn’t matter what I think about her — her constituents put her into office, so they own her. Plus, if they don’t want her representing them anymore, they can vote her out in two years. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some Georgia Republicans are looking to primary her.
Meanwhile, it’s time for the Republicans to stop bending over for Democrats because of Marjorie Taylor Greene. In fact, they should go full Honey Badger. After all, if the Dems don’t beat their breasts over their outrageous members, why should Republicans?
In fact, by overreaching, the Democrats may be — as they say — hoisting themselves on their own petard. That’s because this is the first time in recent memory that a majority party has targeted minority committee spots. And should the GOP take the House in 2022, which is entirely plausible, they could do the same to Democrats they don’t like.
I hope Republicans in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s district put up a challenger in 2022, and I hope that candidate prevails. Send Greene packing back home to Georgia with her crank conspiracy theories. In the meantime, House Republicans should stand up to the Dems, and Dems in turn should be careful of what they wish for. Revenge is sweet.