I’ll admit — I don’t know a lot about Marjorie Taylor Greene, the freshman congresswoman from northwest Georgia who’s become something of a bête noire on Capitol Hill in recent days.
What I do know about her makes me want to like her. She filed an article of impeachment against Joe Biden on his first full day in the White House.
That ain’t bad. It’s certainly warranted, by the current standard in which Democrats have twice impeached Donald Trump on the basis of lies. Greene’s impeachment argument is not a lie.
“President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the presidency,” she said when she filed her articles of impeachment. “His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s vice president is lengthy and disturbing. President Biden has demonstrated that he will do whatever it takes to bail out his son, Hunter, and line his family’s pockets with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies.”
Greene cited the Burisma scandal, which isn’t a lie. In fact, Biden is on video bragging about how he extorted the Ukrainian premier into firing the country’s chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was looking into corruption involving that natural gas company, on which his son Hunter sat on the board. For no sensible reason other than that Hunter’s daddy was the vice president of the United States and President Obama’s point man on Ukraine.
That sure seems like a better count for impeachment than the one Nancy Pelosi ran up the flagpole against Trump a year ago; namely that Trump somehow did something wrong when he asked the Ukrainians to look into Biden’s corruption involving their country.
Oh, but apparently Marjorie Taylor Greene believes kooky things and dabbles in conspiracy theories. She’s played around with 9/11 trutherism and wondered aloud whether some of the mass shootings over the past several years, including the Parkland shooting, weren’t false flag operations.
Mitch McConnell, the current avatar of the GOP establishment and perhaps the most bent politician in America (which isn’t necessarily an unalloyed bad thing, as McConnell does nothing but play angles all day and some of them are even helpful to the cause), called Greene out for believing “loony lies,” and said that’s a “cancer” for the Republican Party.
Well, maybe he’s right. And maybe Greene ought to rein in some of the weirder conversational points she’s made in the past. Which is already happening. She’s voiced an occasional bit of support for some of the QAnon stuff, though her communications director said last week, in emphatic fashion, that she thinks Q material is disinformation.
Is she nuts? Is she misinformed? Is she undisciplined? Some of these things aren’t the most sellable narratives around, sure. Nobody is asking the Republican Party to sign on to them, and the GOP certainly shouldn’t.
But maybe before we all pile onto Greene and trash her as unworthy of Congress, we could consider backing up a few steps and taking a look at what’s already in Congress. Because honestly, Greene doesn’t look all that bad compared to what’s been there for a long time.
Let’s ask Greene if she thinks Guam is going to tip over if we station too many Marines on it. Hank Johnson, the idiot congressman whose Atlanta-area district isn’t too far away from Greene’s, asked aloud about that in an on-the-record congressional hearing a few years ago.
Did the Democrats’ Powers That Be flip out over Johnson’s buffoonery then? Hell, no — and if you made fun of Johnson for his second-grade command of geography and physics you’re clearly a racist.
How about Sheila Jackson Lee, who when she’s not wasting Congress’ time with paeans to accused child molester and pop star Michael Jackson is bloviating about the peaceful coexistence between North and South Vietnam or insisting that Neil Armstrong planted the flag on Mars rather than the moon?
Nobody in the Democrat Party ever castigates Sheila Jackson Lee.
Nor did they castigate the ridiculous Frederica Wilson, who spent years demanding that the House allow her to pollute its chamber with her stupid plastic-and-sequins cowboy hats. Wilson called herself a “rock star” after the La David Johnston imbroglio, though at the time White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general and gold star parent, burned her to the ground for having politicized President Trump’s call to Johnston’s family after she listened in. Wilson’s response? Kelly was a racist.
Of course he was.
Have the Democrats tried to rein in Adam Schiff, the conspiracy-theory peddler they set up as the proprietor of their Trump–Russia hoax narrative? How thoroughly does Schiff have to be discredited before he loses his luster in their eyes? Joe McCarthy was run out of Washington on far less inaccuracy than Schiff is guilty of, and yet his blatant lies and insane bleatings continue unabated — and abetted by the left-wing cable news circuit.
Or Eric Swalwell, another peddler of strange narratives whose own kitchen is hardly clean. Swalwell didn’t even get taken off the House Intelligence Committee after it was found that he’d been compromised in a Chinese honey trap by a delightfully named female spy: Fang Fang. When you’re a mark for a hostile foreign intelligence agency and they defend you as a member of the Intelligence Committee, it isn’t like they get to impose standards on anyone else.
We could go on. We haven’t even gotten to Maxine Waters, Mazie Hirono, Steve Cohen, Cory Booker, Emanuel “Amen and Awomen” Cleaver, Ilhan Omar, AOC, or the other members of the Squad, each of whom is far more bats**t crazy than Greene could ever be.
The thing is, the Democrats never discipline their loons. They weaponize them. They lionize them. They build little cults of personality around them, no matter how toxic their personalities might be. And then they sic their loons on the GOP.
AOC, after all, responded to Ted Cruz’s attempts to agree with her about the GameStop revolution by accusing him of trying to have her murdered. And we’re going to be aghast that Greene wonders about space lasers starting forest fires?
She’s on the House Education Committee. The Democrats want her off it. Considering what passes for education policy in the Democrat Party these days, highlighted by teaching little kids that biological differences between men and women are imaginary when those kids aren’t held out of school based on unscientific fears of COVID spread, it’s hard to see how Greene can do much harm.
McConnell and the other stuffed shirts in the Stupid Party need to wake up a little.
Greene isn’t a cancer. She isn’t even a liability. Properly used, she’s an asset.
You finally have somebody who can strike up a proper circus on Capitol Hill and blow up the other side’s narrative with the proper amount of outrageous rhetoric, and you want to shut her up?
Why on Earth would you want to do that?
Greene is a vessel you can fill up with every cockamamie accusation you could ever hurl at the Democrats and then pour her out all over cable news and the major newspapers. They won’t be able to get enough of her. And when they call her every name in the book, the thing to do isn’t to defend anything she says but to accuse her accusers of rank sexism and misogyny.
That’s how it’s done, isn’t it?
And please don’t bore me with this business of how the GOP has to be “better” than engaging in such carnival barkery. That’s a stinking pile of failure. It’s what brought us John McCain and Paul Ryan, and the eight years of agony watching George W. Bush refuse to defend himself against a parade of calumnies such as the world had never seen.
You guys need to realize you’re not better than the Democrats. Nobody thinks you are. You’re politicians. Everybody thinks you’re liars. The difference is the Democrats have more fun at it than you do. They’re the Harlem Globetrotters and you’re the Washington Generals. Most of us think that’s how you like it.
And with Marjorie Taylor Greene around, you don’t even have to do anything. Just get out of the way. Say she’s a nice lady and it’s terrible all the mean things people say about her, shrug your shoulders, and then shut up.