"If we are waiting for Kevin McCarthy to have a moral compass ... that's never going to happen," Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT) said earlier today. Words to live by on all occasions, but in this instance Rep. Hayes, whose district includes Sandy Hook Elementary School, was evaluating the prospect that the minority leader would actually do something to rein in the looniest member of his caucus.

Spoiler Alert: He will not.

House Minority Leader McCarthy has promised to "have a conversation" with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene about her wackass comments on inter alia Jewish space lasers, 9/11 as a hoax, the Sandy Hook and the 2017 Las Vegas shootings as false flag operations to gin up support for gun control, QAnon, Pizzagate, and whether Nancy Pelosi should be shot. There's also the minor matter of Greene's threatening behavior toward Democratic Rep. Cori Bush last week.


After Rep. Steve King (R-IA) praised white nationalists, McCarthy had a "conversation" with him that involved King getting booted off his committees. But Greene has the backing of Donald Trump, so for her sins she got spots on the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee. Party of personal responsibility, FTW!

So Democrats are planning to take matters into their own hands. Politico reports that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is about to drop the hammer on McCarthy, giving him 72 hours to strip Mad Madge of her committee assignments, or the majority party will do it for him.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was already planning introduce a resolution today to strip Greene of her committee assignments, and Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) says he'll move to expel her from Congress. But on a caucus call this weekend, Democratic leadership discussed booting Greene off Education and Budget via a Rules Committee resolution.

Which is entirely appropriate! And also, please, Rep. McCarthy, make sure the knots securing that million-pound anchor to the SS Gipper are tied good and tight. Because that lunatic may be a lock for her own seat, but she's already giving the GOP in Georgia palpitations about the upcoming gubernatorial, secretary of state, and Senate elections in 2022. Not only is she poison in the all-important Atlanta suburbs, but she's already attacked Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary Brad Raffensperger. How are they going to get traction for whatever oppo research they try to cook up on Democrats in a news cycle where a member of their own congressional delegation is calling George Soros a Nazi and nuttering about the latest 8chan conspiracy?

"Greene was just a symptom of what's going on in the Republican Party in the state and, frankly, the nation, in our election," an adviser to former Sen. Kelly Loeffler told Politico. "But in 2022, she's going to be a symbol, assuming she's not now already."

Oh, honey, she definitely is!

Republicans in the state have no hope that McCarthy can deal with this problem, noting that he didn't lift a finger in the primary to support Greene's not-insane Republican primary opponent. The New York Times reports that "people familiar with his thinking said [he] felt hamstrung by Ms. Greene and believed that the only way to deal with her was to tolerate her." So bravery, much spine!

Meanwhile, Republicans know Speaker Nancy Pelosi is delighted to have that wackjob hogging the spotlight and redefining the GOP as the redoubt of frothing maniacs.

"Some people are saying maybe Nancy Pelosi will throw her out," beleaguered Georgia elections official Gabriel Sterling complained to Politico. "The Democrats would never throw her out. They want her to be the definition of what a Republican is. They're gonna give her every opportunity to speak and be heard and look crazy — like what came out Wednesday, the Jewish space laser to start fires. I mean, I don't know how far down the rabbit hole you go."

Pretty far! Also also, YEP. Your circus, your shit-flinging monkey.

Have fun with that one, fellas.

OPEN THREAD.

[Politico / Politico]

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