Generations ago, when someone was shouting crazy things, their family hid them from view, ashamed of how it would look to the public. Today, the Republican Party gave Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) a standing ovation for her fight against Democrats over her conspiracy theories about 9/11, school shootings and a Jewish Space Laser. Still, for people like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the last thing he wants is for voters to pay attention to Greene, particularly given what she said about the school shooting in his state.
Writing for the Bulwark, former senior campaign staffer to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Amanda Carpenter explained that Rubio is likely concerned that Greene will get "famous," "raise money," and "elevate" more of her right-wing theories.
"Oh, how exactly could it be that Rep. Greene has been getting famous?" Carpenter speculated. "Perhaps because she found footing in a Republican party that tolerates people getting famous, raising money, and elevating themselves off deranged conspiracy theories? Could that be it? Could it be that she is a member of Congress who has been fully embraced by the former Republican president of the United States and was paraded by him on the campaign trail in hopes of re-electing two Republican senators last month?"
Holding a Republican Caucus meeting Wednesday night, House members heard arguments for why Greene should or shouldn't be kicked off of her committees. Instead of voting on it, they voted whether or not to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position for supporting the second Trump impeachment. Democrats will vote to remove Greene from her committee in the full House.
"But Rubio and his fellow Republicans are, are always, pointing their finger at the media," Carpenter said, citing Rubio's latest excuse. "It's the media's fault for finding all those hours and hours of videos—sitting right there on the internet—of Greene wading into the most disgusting corners of the far-right internet to get more famous, raise more money, and elevate more insanity."
Like Nikki Haley's demand to "move on" from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rubio is now begging people to "move on" from Greene.
Carpenter thinks that Republicans, like Rubio, Haley, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), "are worried about crossing Greene and the wild coalition she's building. That's the real reason they argue she isn't newsworthy—not because they really believe she isn't, but because the news coverage of her troubling antics and beliefs puts them in a position of endorsing the madness or running afoul of that base."
She closed by concluding that Greene makes them all look bad. "That's why they don't want anyone to talk about her."