First Step Towards Pushing Marjorie Taylor Greene Back Under Her Rock

The House correctly voted to strip the bat-crap crazy member of congress from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, of her committee assignments following her countless racist or violent statements, which ranged from anti-Jewish blasts to wanting the hanging or assassination of prominent lawmakers in our country. She is no more fit to hold a committee assignment than she is fit to be allowed in polite society. She has proven herself to be totally reprehensible.

The racist hate-filled airhead was allowed eight minutes to muse on the House floor about her place in which she now resides in history books, a place very few members of congress ever find themselves. And during that time today she could not find the ability to exercise one single ‘I am sorry’.

What she instead did was try to spin her latest concoction that she had broke away from QAnon in 2018. But the rest of the nation, who has not drunk the Kool-Aid, have followed her racism and buffoonery on the national stage and know that her statements today do not match the facts. There are a series of posts she made in 2019 and other social media activity from that time, including liking a Facebook comment that endorsed shooting Speaker Pelosi in the head and suggesting in the same year that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been replaced with a body double. When she was not blatantly lying today she was trying to deflect, and blamed the media.

It needs to be noted that the Democrats in the House had to clean up the mess that the Republican Party leadership was unable, and unwilling to do this week. There are times when it takes muscles and a scouring pad to get rid of a dirty stain.

That is what was done when Democrats and 11 House Republicans removed Greene from any committee assignments. Meanwhile, Democrats have marvelous amounts of video footage to combat Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections.

The nation has taken the measure of this loathsome person and supported the vote to kick Greene off any and all House committees. Now she will have more time to ponder if she was potty-trained at gunpoint. Something had to have happened to make her into the embarrassment she has presented to the nation. But look on the bright side, if she plays her cards right she might even become the fourth wife of Donald Trump.

Now, who will play the new role of Stormy Daniels?

And so it goes.

Another Nicety Returns With President Biden’s White House

Hat tip to Brad.

Not for the first time, and Lord knows it will not be last, I point out the changes made to this White House’s press operations.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki ended Tuesday’s press briefing with a quick exchange: “Thank you, Jen,” said Josh Boak, a White House reporter for the Associated Press. “Great,” replied Psaki. Then she put on her mask and headed out.

Those four words signaled the resurrection of an old White House briefing room tradition — observed under both Democratic and Republican administrations — in which the press secretary awaits the nod of the attending AP reporter before closing the book. (The privilege was initially assigned to the senior wire correspondent, but it eventually turned into an exclusively AP role.) Whereas her predecessor, Kayleigh McEnany, often ended briefings with scripted attacks on the media, Psaki has embraced a custom that accords the media a voice in the management of the briefing room.

George Condon, a National Journal White House reporter on the beat since 1982, described the traffic-cop role of longtime United Press International reporter Helen Thomas: “Before she would say, ‘Thank you,’ she was in the first row and she would glance around to see if there were hands still up because she didn’t want to cut it off before people had a chance to ask questions,” Condon said. Terence Hunt, a former AP White House reporter, tells us that the practice goes back at least 75 years, citing a 1946 book by longtime UPI reporter Merriman Smith, titled “Thank You, Mr. President” in reference to Smith’s role in closing out presidential news conferences.

I can not underscore how very much this change means not only to me, but others who want the common-sense nicety returned to our government.

This subject with the AP harkens back to the decades, as noted in the story, when some respect and decorum were overlaid on the issues and politics of the time. It may seem quaint, but when they are gone, as witnessed by the last four years, the outcome is awful, ugly, and ultimately dangerous to our democracy.

As I read the article I recalled two women who made the press pool at the WH so professional and honed their questions to reflect either the issue of the day, as with Helen Thomas

…or at times to what the nation needed to have an answer to regarding a story from ‘page 9’ which Sarah McClendon tried to ferret out of the press secretary.

I recall in high school watching coverage of a press briefing and McClendon is called upon. Her voice filled that room and Jody Powell, President Carter’s Press Secretary, was either not trying to take her seriously or dodging the topic—I forget which. But she bored in with even a louder voice and peppered with a follow-up that must have stung like buck-shot. That made an impact on me.  She was a nice person by all accounts but determined to do her job. 

And the press secretaries knew that and respected it.  Not only from her but from all those who worked in the press room of the White House. That working relationship, even though both sides have well-defined roles, was lacking in the past four years. That substantive change is what I so very much welcome in President Joe Biden’s White House.