You can find commenters on Twitter or political blogs that are more qualified to sit in the House of Representatives than Marjorie Taylor Greene. Seriously. And that is scary. That is also where the talk-show-host-as-politician metamorphosis in our culture has taken us. It was foreseeable. You may recall the movie, “To Die For” where the Nicole Kidman character said, “You’re nobody in America unless you’re on television.” That was meant as satire at the time, but it is the way we function nowadays and our government can’t take too many more of these loony outsiders who got elected with a gimmick and a TV campaign.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has already become notorious in the House for wasting precious time with useless and unnecessary motions to recess. Now she’s gone beyond procedural silliness and into the substantive. She wants to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci. Sigh. Fauci’s been working in the field for 50 years and he’s served under seven presidents now and this clown is disparaging him.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene just introduced a bill that would “reduce Dr. Fauci’s salary to $0 until a new NIAID administrator is confirmed by the Senate.”
The NIAID director’s appointment is not subject to Senate confirmation.
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) April 1, 2021
Correction: it is a separate bill that bars businesses from refusing service to the unvaccinated
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) April 1, 2021
Separate but related. In all events, this is not how it works. The craziness over the vaccine “passports” ignores a basic reality: kids can’t even go to school without proving they’ve been vaccinated. And people can’t be served in bars or drive automobiles unless they show proof that they’re a certain age, or have complied with a basic government requirement like a test at the DMV.
This is sheer idiocy and a holdover from the Trump era, but that is obviously what Greene thinks is going to make her in politics. How I hope and pray she goes down to resounding defeat in 2022. Maybe that will send a message.