At the End of the Day, Marjorie Taylor Greene Still Wins.
So long as her GOP colleagues don’t hold her accountable, the Georgia Congresswoman hasn’t really suffered any consequences.
Recently, Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was removed from her committee assignments by a vote in the House after a number of incendiary Facebook posts from her days before congress were unearthed. Considering how some of her posts indicated support for the execution of the Speaker of the House and referred to a number of incredibly anti-Semetic tropes and conspiracy theories, there’s no question that the Georgia congresswoman needed to face consequences for her statements. Unfortunately however, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s own response to her removal from the committees indicated why she still emerges as the winner.
In a press conference, with little if any indication that she felt at all sorry for her past statements, Greene chose instead to highlight the fact that now, with all this free time on her hands since she now longer has to sit in meetings where her voice is not heard, she is able to fundraise and garner more support across the country. At the end of the day, after hearing her response one can’t help considering how what was supposed to be a punishment has undeniably worked to her benefit.
I’m not sure anyone — even her supporters — has ever been under the impression that Marjorie Taylor Greene really cared about her committee assignments. After all — knowing who she is — why would she, when it mainly consists of sitting in meetings with people she does not like where her input doesn’t exactly matter? While there’s no question she has no place serving on the House’s education committee, it’s also not exactly much of a punishment to free up her time to continue to rile up and gather more support.
Of course her statements cannot be ignored, but there’s no denying that Greene has created an almost ideal scenario for herself. Responding to her remarks has elevated her platform, brought attention to her brand, and crafted a situation where she now gets to position herself as some sort of victim for the right wing base. A base that almost seems to find a bizarre sense of comfort and security in convincing themselves that they’re the ones really under attack. Greene is now not only able to reinforce that narrative in their minds, she now has more time and opportunity to circle the country and find others who have been inspired by Donald Trump as well as her, and fundraise not only for herself but on the behalf of other right wing candidates like her as well.
The thing about the Josh Hawley’s and the Ted Cruz’s within the Republican lawmaking class is that none of them come across as particularly serious or genuine in their support of Trump, or are looking out for anything beyond their own self interests. I’m not sure even the most loyal of Donald Trump’s supporters can look at them and see the future of their movement within them. The same certainly cannot be said of Marjorie Taylor Greene, who at least has the ability to come across as though she means what she says.
Perhaps the most devastating aspect of everything surrounding this story is not what it says about Greene, but what it says about the Republican party overall. The overwhelming majority of her GOP colleagues refused to do their part and remove her from her committee assignments, making it crystal clear how they view not only this lone Georgia congresswoman, but their base overall as well. Greene is the future of the Republican party. The fact that so many of even the most established, old school Republicans refused to do anything to hold her to account is further affirmation that their control of the party is slipping, with new blood like Greene and Lauren Boebert ready to take it.
All that said, it will be interesting to see how the attitudes of old school Republicans change come election season in 2022, if it does at all. Will they deem it more politically advantageous to stand in her corner even with their own seats on the line regardless of what she’s done, or will they cut her lose and attempt to squash her in a primary?
Personally, unless they were even more extreme than she is, I don’t think a GOP challenger would stand a chance.