So now Mitch McConnell tells us that Marjorie Taylor Greene's views really are a \”cancer\” on the Republican party and on the country. Odd that he neglected to make that time when one of his preferred candidates within the Georgia runoff, Kelly Loeffler, campaigned with Greene.
McConnell, who swallowed his concerns about Greene when their own power was at stake, is now leaning heavily on the other body to clean up its act, denouncing \”looney lies and conspiracy theories.\” McConnell's deputy in Senate leadership, John Thune, chimed in too, describing the challenge the Republican party faces: \”They need to decide who they want to be,\” he told CNN, \”Do they want to be the party of limited government and fiscal responsibility, free markets, peace through strength, and pro life, or do they want to be the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon?\”
The party's dilemma, we're told, is captured by two people in Congress. On the one hand, you have Liz Cheney, the three-term, at-large representative from Wyoming and the third-ranking Republican in the House. A former deputy assistant secretary of state, she's known for her interest in national security, child protection, and, before the attack on the Capitol, reliable support for Mr . trump.
Cheney faced a challenge to her position in party leadership because she dicated to impeach Trump after the attack on Congress. The Wyoming GOP released a statement calling Cheney's vote to carry Trump accountable for the worst sedition in 160 years a \”travesty.\” The execrable Matt Gaetz flew from his home district within the Florida panhandle to Cheyenne to hold a rally against her, which featured a phone-in from Mr . trump, Jr. After a marathon House Republican Conference meeting Wednesday, Cheney ultimately survived the make an effort to oust her by a vote of 145 to 61.
And then, on the other hand, we have Marjorie Taylor Greene, representative of all that is insane in the usa. She believes that the Parkland shootings were staged, that QAnon is appropriate about pedophilic cannibals populating the Democratic party, that Nancy Pelosi ought to be murdered, that Trump won the 2021 election, which Jewish space lasers caused the California wildfires this past year. Her Republican primary opponent, Dr. John Cowan, described her this way: \”I'm a neurosurgeon. I diagnose crazy every single day. It took five minutes speaking with her to realize there were bats within the attic.\”
Weighing Cheney against Greene, the Republican party has dithered. At the same meeting in which Republicans dicated to keep Cheney as their conference chair, they also hailed Greene with a standing ovation. In responding to demands that the party strip Greene of her committee assignments as they did to Steve King, Andy Biggs of the ironically named \”Freedom Caucus\” fumed:
The Democrats' moves to strip Congresswoman Greene of her committee assignments for viewpoint she shared as a private citizen before visiting the U.S. House is unprecedented and unconstitutional. All self-righteous Republicans, beware: If the can happen to Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, it can happen to any kind of us.
Well, there you have it-the perfect path to discrediting all Republicans. Biggs, Gaetz, Jim Jordan, and others are throwing their arms around Greene and confirming that her crazed rantings are indistinguishable using their company Republicans. Fox host Tucker Carlson made a similar case recently as he mocked those who warn of Greene's vicious, contemptible conspiracy-mongering:
This participant of Congress has barely even voted, she got there the other day. But CNN says she's bad opinions. Therefore, she's the greatest threat we face. If you're skeptical about any of this, our advice is ensure that it stays to yourself. Because free inquiry is dead, unauthorized questions are hate speech.
Welcome to anti-anti-QAnon. \”Free inquiry is dead,\” proclaims Carlson to an estimated 5 million viewers. Oh and, not everything right-wing politicians and pundits oppose is \”unconstitutional.\” Article I, Section 5 from the Constitution provides that \”Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.\” Greene richly deserves expulsion, the present proposal is only to limit her participation in committees.
We reach the farcical moment when even to criticize a tinfoil-hat conspiracist is denounced as \”silencing.\” No one is fining or jailing Greene for her opinions. To deny her a seat around the House Education and Labor Committee isn't exactly the Gulag.
Look, it's great that a quantity of Senate Republicans are speaking forcefully about quarantining QAnonism. Todd Young was refreshingly frank:
The people of her congressional district, it's their prerogative when they want to abase themselves by voting to elect someone who indulges in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and all manner of other nonsense. But I've got no tolerance for people like that. In terms of the divisions within our party, she's not even part of the conversation, as far as I'm concerned.
But these senators might want to consider the elephant in the room. Who phoned Marjorie Taylor Greene to express support after her \”Rothschild space laser\” comments became public? Who called her a \”rising star\” of the GOP? Who said QAnon people \”love their country?\” And who is it that all of the aforementioned senators seem poised to acquit again?
Greene may be the easy target for these newly fastidious Republicans. They opened the tent long ago to the villains, liars, and conspiracists once they welcomed the ringmaster. With one side of their mouths, they denounce the looney haters, however with the other, they seize a fig leaf to disguise their anxiety about convicting Trump. If they want to cleanse the Republican party of the poisons that are rapidly killing it, they can vote to hold the man who first infected it with QAnon, \”election fraud,\” plus much more, accountable. That, not restraining Greene, is the lustration the party needs.