Kevin McCarthy Gonna Have Long Heart-To-Heart With Marjorie Taylor Greene, That'll Fix Everything
CNN broke the story Tuesday that revealed Republican House Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a horrible person. We're still recovering from the shock. This “hit piece," as Greene calls it, focuses on her statements and actions from the faraway distant past of 2018 and 2019, back when we could leave our homes without covering our faces.
GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reportedly found Greene's comments “deeply disturbing" and plans to have a “conversation" with her. It's not exactly a “come to Jesus meeting" because Jesus wouldn't want to be in the same room with so much pistol-packing crazy.
McCarthy isn't a licensed therapist, so it's not clear what good this conversation will do. Greene is beyond a stern finger-wagging lecture. Like George Costanza, she may need to get involved at the university level, with a team of psychiatrists working round the clock. (Allegedly!)
He's already had a “you're a congresswoman now!" pep talk with fellow Sedition Caucus member Lauren Boebert, after which he defended them to the press and asked that we give conspiracy theorists a chance.
Our party is very diverse and you mentioned two people who will join our party. And the only thing I would ask of you in the press, these are new members, give them an opportunity before you claim what you believe they have done and what they will do. I think it's fair for all.
This isn't a Sarah Palin vetting fail. McCarthy knew Greene was a disaster when she ran for Georgia's 14th congressional seat. Last June, Politico uncovered hours of Facebook videos where my fellow University of Georgia alum (go, class of '96!) expressed racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic opinions. McCarthy called her comments “appalling" and said he had no tolerance for them. His position changed once Greene mopped the floor with her primary opponent, Dr. John Cowan, a normal average terrible Republican.
Maybe McCarthy thought once Greene hit the big time, she'd keep her head down and not embarrass his caucus on a weekly basis. If so, he's an idiot. Greene started her political career as an Internet provocateur. Put her near a camera and she's Pavlov's asshole.
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Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, shared a video of Greene stalking activist David Hogg in Washington, DC. Hogg, who survived the Parkland shooting, has deeply offended gun nuts because his personal experience soured him on death machines.
Greene followed Hogg for a scary few minutes, shouting gun rights talking points at him. The moron announced she's a gun owner with a concealed carry permit while toting a huge-ass tote bag. I haven't personally survived a school shooting but that would freak me out.
Greene thought it was suspicious that several US senators met with Hogg, but not a single senator wanted to speak with her dumb ass. She also envied all the media coverage the lucky ducky received when all he ever did was come within minutes of his own grisly death.
"I'm a gun owner. I'm an American citizen. And I have NOTHING. But this guy with his George Soros funding and his major liberal funding has got EVERYTHING. I want you think about that."
I'll get right on that, congresswoman, right after I throw up.
Katie Hill was forced to resign her seat (one Republicans quickly scooped up) because of consensual sexy time with a member of her staff, but Greene likely lacks the integrity to ever willingly leave Congress. McCarthy stripped former Rep. Steve King of his committee assignments in 2019 after he made a bunch of racist statements to the New York Times. He might similarly marginalize Greene, but he also didn't have to worry that King would suggest hanging him for treason. (When Steve King is coming off less crazy than you are, you are making poor choices.)
Shortly after her election, which she considered perfectly legitimate, Greene picked a fight with Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who responded, "You're a member of Congress now, Marjorie. Start acting like one."
Republicans still don't fully appreciate the monster they've fed after midnight for years now. They foolishly believed the previous White House occupant could start “acting presidential," but he never did, and Greene will never change her public persona. This is who she is, and she's unashamed.
When Greene and I were kids, idiots like her couldn't even get their rants published in a mainstream newspaper's opinion page. But they voted for politicians like Crenshaw and McCarthy, who actively appealed to their ignorance and prejudices. YouTube and Facebook changed the game, and now the know-nothings are taking over the GOP.
I'll leave you with a palate-cleansing video of young people who are already more fit to serve in Congress than Marjorie Taylor Greene. Oh, and be nice in the comments, even if Greene doesn't deserve it.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."