Will Mitch McConnell side with Democrats against Congresswoman Qanon? Methinks, yes.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has broken the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. The commandment was first issued by Ronald Reagan in his 1966 gubernatorial campaign in California. Well, as sacred as Reagan’s words are for Republicans. Mitch broke that rule, indirectly, yesterday when he told the Hill this:
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said in a statement first shared with The Hill. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
No, the Minority Leader did not call her out by name but a rose by any other name would sound as batshit crazy as Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this comment and the statement he released supporting Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY). Of her, he said:
“Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them. She is an important leader in our party and in our nation. I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation.”
In an era where the word “unprecedented” has become overused and almost meaningless, it may make little sense to label this as such but it is. Typically members of one branch of Congress limit their comments to people in that chamber. It is easy to see what is driving him. Mitch McConnell’s main goal is to take back the U.S. Senate. If he sees something or someone blocking that goal, he will take action.
This week, Democrats in the House took steps to deal with the Congresswoman, who according to the New York Times is the new face of the GOP. Resolutions have been introduced to expel her from the body or to strip her of any committee assignments.
The former has been thought to have zero chance of getting passed. To expel a member of Congress, you need a two-thirds vote. What impact McConnell’s statements or support of such a measure, which hasn’t happened yet, is unclear. It seems House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been rendered toothless by the freshman from Georgia and former President Donald Trump’s tentacles are long.
I think Mitch McConnell is going to publicly support removing Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. He went along with the “big lie” after the election because he thought Trump would stump in Georgia and maintain his control over the Senate. When that didn’t happen, I think McConnell finally saw what the rest of us have known for years; Trump only helps Trump and his influence is not as big as Trumpers think.