I really, really don’t want to write a lot about politics here but this story is so mind-boggling to me that I had to get some thoughts down.

Marjorie Taylor Greene was out in the media letting everyone know how she seemingly can’t wait to bring up a vote next week to remove Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House and having it fail because the Democrats will save him.

Greene said:

I was controlled; I was responsible. I was being conscious and caring about my conference and our majority. It was a warning to stop serving the Democrats and support our Republican conference and support our agenda. And he didn’t do it.

First of all, there is nothing controlled” or responsible” about making the threat in the first place. It’s completely asinine and a waste of everyone’s time.

Second of all, nobody is interested in this, aside from Greene and a handful of the do-nothing GOP that have the same twisted views she does.

Chip Roy from Texas:

The bottom line is, I didn’t want to go down this road last fall — as is well documented — I don’t want to go down this road right now. But at the end of the day, the legislation that we’ve been moving forward is not what our folks sent us here to do. So now we’ve got to figure out what does that mean between now and November.

I’m trying to understand what legislation he’s referring to as this is the worst Congress in memory of actually getting work done. Ukraine and Israel funding maybe? Is that what folks might be mad about? I know Greene thought they would be but apparently not.

This bit from Kenneth Kirk of Iowa took the cake:

We’re bankrupt, and if we can afford to send that kind of money to another country, we’re paying too much taxes,” Mr. Kirk said. But hearing from Mr. Johnson changed his mind, he said.

I know a little bit more about it now that I’ve listened to him,” Mr. Kirk said. I mean, I thought, I’m against it,’ but, you know — what do I do? What he said made a lot of sense to me.”

Let’s not bother with the fact that this guy is off his rocker that this country is bankrupt. Let’s also not bother with the fact that this guy is old enough to know what the stakes are and for whatever reason didn’t think it was worth spending the money on. What’s most important is that he listened to Johnson and changed his mind about the funding for Ukraine.

And let’s make no mistake about it, that funding is crucial and it was late but at least Johnson came around, likely due to being scared out of his wits by the intelligence briefings he was receiving.

From the NYT:

In an expletive-laden tirade on Wednesday, Ms. Greene savaged Mr. Johnson, saying he had been ineffective in advancing the ultraconservative agenda that she and other far-right allies hoped to achieve when Republicans took control of the House with a slim majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

Mike Johnson is not capable of that job; he has proven it over and over again,” she said. Now we have Hakeem Jeffries and the Democrats coming out, embracing Mike Johnson with a warm hug and a big, wet, sloppy kiss.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene has no idea what she’s talking about. She can’t grasp the fact that only she and a small group want to advance the ultraconservative agenda”. Does she think she’s speaking for everyone? The difference between Greene and her merry band and the Democrats is that the Democrats are serious about governing. They realize that by wasting more time with ousting Mike Johnson absolutely nothing else will get done.

They also realize that their constituents aren’t brain dead and will understand the decision. I certainly do. I’m a Democrat living in a Democratic district. I don’t like Mike Johnson and I don’t agree with anything he stands for aside from the vote he just got through on funding for Ukraine.

I’m also not stupid and know that trying to oust him 6 months from the general election isn’t going to do anything but harm to this country. As dumb as it was for Kevin McCarthy to cave to the 1-vote-to-remove rule Mike Johnson is the guy that replaced him and the Republicans have control of the House. There is no reason he should be removed at the whim of someone like Marjorie Taylor Greene. She will fail because some people in this country still have some sense left in them.


Date
May 1, 2024