THE NEUTRAL ZONE
A divided House booted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., off both her committees for spreading conspiracy theories about Jewish lasers, the 9/11 attack, school shootings and calling for the execution of Democrats. But the 230-199 vote also emboldened Republicans even as no one publicly defended her comments.
“Never before in the history of this House has the majority abused its power in this way,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “Never in the entire history of this House have you ever abused the power in this way.”
Democrats justified the unprecedented move by pointing out that Greene especially didn’t deserve her spot on the Education and Labor Committee after she denounced school shootings as fake and harassed Parkland survivor David Hogg, calling him an “idiot” who was trained “like a dog” to talk about his experience.
“It might elevate her, but we need to warn people about the dangerous takeover by these QAnon radicals of the Republican caucus,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, R-N.Y., the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This is not some caricature. This is about where the power is right now in the Republican caucus.”
Many Republicans disagreed, as only 11 joined Democrats in voting to remove her. Greene said on the floor that she regretted her comments, walking many of them back, saying 9/11 and school shootings were true. She also renounced QAnon.
“These were words of the past,” Greene said. “These things do not represent me.”
Still, on Friday morning, just 12 hours after she was removed, she remained defiant, calling those who removed her morons. “I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving someone like me free time,” she said on Twitter. “In this Democrat tyrannical government, Conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway.”
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The QAnon Takeover Of The GOP Is A Fantasy Of Dems And The Media – The Federalist – 2/4/2021
There’s a big push right now among corporate media, Democrats, and NeverTrumpers to establish a narrative that the Republican Party is being torn apart in a bitter civil war between its establishment wing and its supposed QAnon wing. It’s about as true as your garden-variety QAnon conspiracy theory, but it’s politically useful, which is why you’re seeing it crop up all over the media right now.
The post-Trump identity crisis that’s fracturing the GOP – PBS NewsHour – 2/5/2021
As Republicans adjust to their diminished stature in Washington, they have been consumed by infighting over the party’s future, with opposing factions in open disagreement about how to deal with the rising tide of extremism on the right that grew out of Donald Trump’s presidency.
What Do Americans Think Of Marjorie Taylor Greene? Liz Cheney? Josh Hawley? – FiveThirtyEight – 2/5/2021
New polls this week from Morning Consult/Politico, YouGov/The Economist and SurveyMonkey/Axios measured the national popularity of eight prominent congressional Republicans and found that all eight were more unpopular than popular with the general public.
How Kevin McCarthy fought off a party revolt – Politico – 2/5/2021
On a plane ride back from Houston earlier this week, Kevin McCarthy revealed to a small group of Texas Republicans just how he planned to extinguish a pair of fires that were threatening to engulf their already bitterly divided party.
A Dangerous Precedent – Washington Free Beacon – 2/4/2021
Like nuking the filibuster for judicial nominations in 2013, Democrats on Thursday set a precedent they will come to regret.
Searching for Sarah Palin – The American Conservative – 2/4/2021
Years ago, William Kristol, the then-Weekly Standard editor—and Steve Bannon, a future president’s chief strategist—were on the same side. They saw what their party’s trifling establishment refused to: the future. In 2008, while getting murdered in the polls, though Republicans were incumbent in the White House and had nominated their putatively most moderate candidate, John McCain, the GOP threw a hail-mary.
Before Marjorie Taylor Greene was tossed from House committees she defended herself with transphobia – LGBTQ Nation – 2/5/2021
But as legislators debated her fate, Greene used a unique defense for her outrageous behavior: Twitter allows pornography to be posted to their platform but refuses to allow her to be transphobic.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Just the GOP’s Latest Challenge – The Atlantic – 2/5/2021
Donald Trump is gone. But fringe ideas that he endorsed are still finding representation in Washington, and Republicans once again are facing a test of what the party will and won’t tolerate.
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