Thursday, February 4, 2021

The New McCarthyism

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy condemns the batshit craziness of MTG.

WASHINGTON — The top House Republican refused on Wednesday to punish Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading false and bigoted conspiracy theories and endorsing political violence against Democrats, condemning the Georgia freshman’s previous comments but declining to take away her posts on influential congressional committees.

After days of public silence and private agonizing over what to do about Ms. Greene — who has endorsed the executions of top Democrats, suggested that school shootings were staged and said that a space laser controlled by Jewish financiers started a wildfire — the minority leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, issued a tortured statement that harshly denounced her past statements but then argued that she should face no consequences for them.

“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,” Mr. McCarthy said.

But he’s not going to do anything about her.

That’s not leadership, it’s being held hostage by nutsery, and he’s basically handed over the Republican Party to them. This may work for the base, but all every Democrat who has hopes of winning a seat in the House against a GOP incumbent has to do is run an ad tying MTG around their neck and stand back.