So, What’s Her Job Now?
Terry H. Schwadron
Feb. 5, 2021
OK, we’ve got it.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon advocating, gun-toting, anti-Semitic, supremacist, violence-promoting House member from Georgia’s overwhelmingly white, Republican 14th District, has been formally stripped of her Education and Labor committees as just come-uppance for spreading conspiracies and threatening colleagues.
And we understand that it fell to 219 Democrats with 11 Republicans to do the job after a feckless House Minority Leader Kevin D. McCarthy proved ineffective at policing his own caucus, if not at crying foul over mistreatment at the hands of a domineering majority. The caucus even offered her an ovation at one point.
But then, Congressional Republicans haven’t been so great of late in recognizing elections that they lose.
The political chatterers immediately went to work to denounce the fall from grace of the Republican Party into future elections, along with a string of Republican Senators joining the Greene denouncement. We heard plenty of hand-wringing over the idea that accountability for the conspiracies driving the Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6 had found one instigator, but not the central one.
My question is what does Taylor Greene really do now day to day?
At the end of the day, this public disgrace applies to her membership on those two committees — assignments you usually get from your party caucus leaders, the same leaders who could not find it in their powers to remove her but who could whine when Democrats did.
The Rest of Her Day
So, what does a Member do without the committees — besides immediately using the denunciation arguments as an argument for more fund-raising towards reelection. It turns out Taylor Greene has already been distributing fund-raising requests to the very people she was trying to shuck on the floor of the House.
Her financial pitch is to counter the now familiar “cancel culture” attitude of “radical” and “socialist” leftists who actually believe that there was a certified result for the November elections, that there is an actual pandemic killing Americans by the hundreds of thousands, who accept that there were 9/11 attacks, who think there were reasons other than Jewish space lasers to set off wildfires and that mass shootings did occur in schools in Parkland, Fla. and Newtown, Conn.
Presumably, she can still introduce and vote on bills — or piggyback on bills thought up by others, hold town hall meetings back in Georgia (they are scheduled), even give Member tours of the Capitol dome (even as Capitol police warn about violence). She can also offer a continuing series of public non-apologies for posing with an AR-15 and intended Democratic victims in the House, work on her campaign to impeach Joe Biden for running a “criminal family,” and continue showing up places without a pandemic mask.
Of course, if she continues now to seek to distance herself from her now-claimed “dupes” from QAnon, perhaps they won’t want to see her as a heroine.
She has two bills that she is promoting with press release and tweets: She has co-sponsored a bill by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, to guarantee that only the American flag flies over U.S. embassies, and an anti-trans bill by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., who wants to prohibit biologically born men from unfairly competing against women in sports.
That’s it, but it’s early in her term.
Of course, the same Democratic majority that was so mean in thinking that Congress members should subscribe to reality may just vote against her legislative agenda. Who knows, she may have a full-time job in distancing herself from co-sponsorships just to ensure that the bill in question isn’t killed on the spot.
Taking Her Calls?
If anyone in the Biden administration takes her calls, she may spend her days doing district work, working to get people help with immigration problems, say, or waiver from regulations. Still, the idea that it is Taylor Greene who is calling might lead to long delays from agencies that now are working full-time pretty much in the opposite direction that Taylor Greene adherents might want.
Still, Taylor Greene, who owns and runs a Crossfit gym, may be working for herself, as she did last year to obtain a coronavirus PPP loan to keep her own employees on the payroll.
Of course, the one person taking her calls is Donald Trump, who faces some reality questions of his own in the next week. But then, he was never very good about providing government services for others, other than commuting their criminal sentences.
Actually, I wonder if the conspiracists and militias out there who listened to her pathetic explanations that she had been taken in by extremists would have the time of day for her either.
Overall, it would seem that being a staffer for Taylor Greene just might be the most miserable job in Washington this week.
That’s an achievement.