The fact that the Republican party leadership put QAnon Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on the House education committee tells you all you need to know about how craven they have become. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has issued a mealy-mouthed statement about their decision not to do anything. It appears that she received a standing ovation from the Republican caucus. The Republican party leadership was willing to strip former Iowa congressman Steve King from all his committee positions for his hateful statements but is not willing to do the same for Greene although she is even crazier than he is, as hard as that is to believe. It should be noted that she has not publicly recanted her statements, instead choosing to tout her support from Trump. Her and her party’s defense is that she made them before she was elected to Congress.
The Democratic-led Congress is planning to expel her from her committee appointments since the Republicans are cowering before her. I am not sure if that is a good idea. If they do so, she and they can claim to be martyrs for free speech. One argument is that it may be better to let her be because she will surely say even more outlandish things at committee hearings and will become the visible ugly face of the party, stripped of whatever veneer of decency that they had previously. This is the theory that if you give someone enough rope, they will hang themselves.
On the other hand, the theory that saying more and more extreme things will doom your political career has suffered a serious blow with Trump, who got a lot of mileage and even reached the presidency by espousing increasingly hateful ideas. Who knows, giving Greene a platform may end up with her as a future Republican presidential nominee.
Seth Meyers looks at how the people that are now the Republican Party are too extreme even for loony right wing media like Newsmax. He shows how they try and fail to shut down the MyPillow guy as he rants about how he he has 100% proof of how the election was stolen that he planned to reveal on Friday but that since Twitter kicked him off its platform he cannot do so. The people on Newsmax likely tried to shut him down because because they are afraid of the lawsuits that the Dominion company is bringing against them and other media outlets who have given a platform to all those who have alleged that they rigged their voting machines against Trump. But after the host Bob Sellers stormed off the set because Lindell would not shut up, he later apologized to Lindell and brought him back on the air, likely because MyPillow is one of the main advertisers on the network. So there you are.