MTG, vaccines, scapegoats and hypocrisy

Everyone is piling on Marjorie Taylor Greene over her Tweet about masks and vaccines, but we should not pretend that MTG is the only one on Right or Left who has made absurd comparisons to Nazis or the Holocaust. Her statement was absurd, but the reaction to it is overheated and disproportionate.

The fact is that the media and the Democrats are looking for a new Donald Trump to attack in order to distract from their legislative agenda, so the target now is Greene. Yes, she brings much of it on herself by mouthing off without thinking. But outside of her district, she has little influence She is a first-term Congresswoman. She has no committee assignments. Her only power is her vote. Expelling her from Congress over this, as some have suggested, would disenfranchise her voters. That is not appropriate.

I cannot take Democrats in Congress seriously as they clutch their pearls over Greene’s remarks. This is a party that could not bring itself to denounce openly anti-Semitic remarks from Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, and holds up race baiter and pathological liar Al Sharpton as an elder statesman of the party. Sharpton himself has a long history of anti-Semitism, including stirring up crowds to anger about Jewish “diamond merchants.” Pardon me if I do not take your wailing about Greene’s insensitivity seriously.

Here is the best lesson, for Greene and anyone else who holds elected office or seeks elected office: Think about what you say before you say it. Run it by trusted allies who are not afraid to disagree with you or tell you that you are about to sabotage yourself. If you are prone to saying bad things, then do not run your own social media account. Instead, hire an experienced and qualified press secretary, and then have him or her do it for you. Very few politicians are the best people to craft their own message.