The House Republican conference met for five long hours on Wednesday, and after they hashed everything out, they decided fuck it, we're going with the Q lady.

During the meeting, Marjorie Taylor Greene gave her testimony did some sort of half-assed apology for, you know, all of it, and reportedly at the end of it about half of the Republican congressmen present gave her a standing ovation. Because this is who they are.

Politico Playbook has more:

She told a story about a dark point in her life when she apparently turned to QAnon, according to a person in the room. She said that was a mistake, walked back suggestions that 9/11 and school shootings were a hoax and apologized for how her past statements were affecting them all.

Hoo boy. This is how The Hill tells it:

Greene told her colleagues that she made a mistake by being curious about "Q" and said she told her children she learned a lesson about what to put on social media, according to two sources in the room.

She also denied that she knew what Jewish space lasers were and defended her comments that past school shootings were staged by stating that she had personal experience with a school shooting.

She doesn't know what Jewish space lasers are? Perhaps she would like to click here, for a trip into the whirlpool of her own brain.

So everything is fine now. Marjorie Taylor Greene is "sorry," and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is all in. Get a load of this statement from McCarthy, about how it's really the Democrats who should be kicked off committees, not their poor dear Marjorie. It starts off well enough:

"Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference. I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today."

If you sense there's a "but" coming, it's because you're not an idiot. Having said the perfunctory thing about Greene's anti-Semitic Jewish space lasers/Nancy Pelosi should be murdered/school shootings are fake beliefs and statements, McCarthy got to the real business. He blamed House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for failing to accept his very nice offer to just remove Greene from one of her committees, Education and Labor, and stick her on a different committee instead. Then he said Democrats are the REAL inciters of violence:

"While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread anti-Semitic tropes, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee compromised by Chinese spies, or the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee who advocated for violence against public servants."

Let's see if we can guess. They're still mad at Ilhan Omar for saying some poorly worded things about Israel and Palestine, for which she profusely apologized. Democrats also passed a resolution fiercely condemning anti-Semitism, and Omar supported it. She's still a Muslim, though, and for people with a "Q" "R" next to their name, that's obviously sin enough. They're still mainlining imaginary Fox News crack about Eric Swalwell supposedly banging Chinese spies, although there's less than nothing to that story. And one time Maxine Waters was mean and said Trump-shilling Republicans should be confronted in public for their malign actions against the republic.

That's some mighty fine whataboutism, Kevin, you'd do just fine in the Russian duma.

McCarthy whined that "Never before in the history of Congress have we allowed the other party to dictate our committees." Also, "if they come after her, they'll come after someone else next." (First they came for the QAnon Jewish space laser lady who's repeatedly expressed support for political assassinations, and I said nothing, because I wasn't a QAnon Jewish space laser lady who ...)

After the meeting, McCarthy whined some more to reporters, while pretending he doesn't even know what this whole "Q-on" thing is, pretending he doesn't even know how to pronounce it, even though he's talked about how it has "no place" in the GOP in the past.


Republicans also voted 145-61 Wednesday to let Liz Cheney keep her leadership position, even though she disobeyed Dear Leader by voting for his impeachment. Of course, they did that by secret ballot, while they all attack her in public. This afternoon, they'll get to state their support for Marjorie Taylor Greene in a public floor vote, as Democrats vote to kick her off her committees, since McCarthy is too chickenshit to do it.

During the meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was dunking on McCarthy, releasing a statement lambasting him for failing to deal with his own shit and forcing it to land on her desk. In it, she referred to him as "McCarthy (Q-CA)," which really should just become standard AP style for writing about Republicans.

"After several conversations and literally running away from reporters, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene," the release stated.

"As a result, the House will continue with a vote to strip Greene of her seat on the esteemed House Committee on Education & Labor and House Committee on Budget. McCarthy's failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther."

This is who they are. Brand them with it for all time.

Let's see, anything else on Mad Madge? Oh, nothing, here's a tweet from Jake Tapper:

And here's an article from David Corn about how Greene was the "moderator of a Facebook group featuring death threats and racist memes."

We're sure she's sorry about all that too and Kevin McCarthy will blame Democrats for it.

All of these people are irredeemable garbage.

[Politico playbook / McCarthy statement / Washington Post / The Hill / ibid.]

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