House Democrats might believe they scored a victory, but they may just live to regret their decision to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee positions. Indeed, they might have just set a precedent that could bring about an ugly war of attrition that they won’t enjoy once Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives.
The vote to strip Greene of her committee assignments fell along party lines with the majority of Republicans refusing to support the Democrats’ effort to remove her. In the lead-up to the vote, it became apparent that these proceedings were politically-motivated; the Democrats were clearly seeking to make a statement by targeting Greene. But their vote had nothing to do with the absurd remarks she made in social media posts published before she took office.
If Democrats were authentic in their outrage over her comments, some of which were anti-Semitic, they would have displayed the same level of outrage when lawmakers like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made her share of anti-Jewish statements even after being elected. Instead, they mounted a vigorous defense of their comrade and whined about the conservatives who pilloried the lawmaker for expressing anti-Jewish sentiments.
Before the day of the vote, House Republicans introduced an amendment to also strip Omar of her committee assignments. We already know how that turned out, right? The Democrats did not even consider the measure because they don’t actually care about government officials making bigoted remarks about Jews.
The reality is that Greene’s position should have been determined by House Republicans, not by Democrats. Instead, they used their control of the House to enforce their will on the matter.
The Washington Examiner’s Zachary Faria argued, “Greene should have been removed from her committees, but she should have been removed by Republicans. By using their power as the House majority to remove Greene themselves, House Democrats have established a new precedent for partisan back-and-forth that is going to come back to bite them in the coming years.”
He’s absolutely right.
The Democrats, as they have done in the past, have acted without considering the consequences. It’s the same mistake they made when they used the nuclear option to eliminate the filibuster on executive branch nominations in 2013.
They regretted it later when Senate Republicans used the nuclear option to do the same with Supreme Court nomination. You remember how they whined whenever President Trump appointed new Justices, don’t you? Well, we will likely hear the same whining when the GOP takes back the House and starts using the Democrats’ strategy against them.
Democrats in Congress already seem to be hell-bent on doing things to alienate voters. The nation can see that their latest impeachment sham is a gargantuan waste of time, money, and resources. People are also watching them milk the riot at the U.S. Capitol building for all it’s worth, using the incident to unfairly smear millions of Americans and silencing hundreds of thousands of conservatives on social media.
What I’m getting at is that unless the GOP or conservative movement engages in behavior as depressingly moronic as what we’re seeing from the left, the Republican Party will likely regain control of the House during the 2022 midterm elections. This is when the revenge will probably happen.
As stated previously, House Republicans have already signaled that Omar is in their crosshairs. In fact, they may even add Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) who has also made her share of anti-Jewish statements. Since Democrats have already set the precedent, they might use their position to strip these lawmakers of their committee positions.
Yes, the activist media will spin it differently from how they are covering Greene’s vote, but it won’t matter. The GOP does not seem to care as much about what the press thinks as it once did. Moreover, those who actually pay attention to politics will remember what the Democrats did yesterday and won’t feel much sympathy for Omar or Tlaib.
At this point, this tit-for-tat that the Democrats are starting might not only apply to committee appointments. It could also happen with impeachment, in which both parties automatically file articles of impeachment against presidents from opposite parties just for the hell of it like the Democrats are currently doing.
These legislative actions might not even mean anything in a decade with how things are going right now. Unfortunately, while the Democrats will not like how their plan backfires on them, they probably will not learn their lesson.