Georgia Republican mocked by Jamie Raskin
On September 28, as the federal government edged closer to a shutdown as a result of failing to agree a new funding bill, numerous House Republicans spent much of the day taking part in an Oversight Committee meeting considering whether there was sufficient evidence to impeach President Joe Biden and his family over allegations of corrupt business dealings.
Putting aside whether this should be the highest priority at a time when the government faces shutdown and hundreds of thousands of government employees would lose pay, the proceedings were littered with bad-tempered bickering between Democrats and Republicans.
Two of the most vocal politicians were Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, and Georgia's most-outspoken and divisive Republican - Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene, who exchanged words at the outset of MTG's testimony.
As Georgia's Taylor-Greene prepared to launch a tirade over the alleged conduct of the president's son - Hunter Biden - many were fearful that her monologue would once again be accompanied by explicit visual aids, as she had done previously.
MTG responded angrily to Raskin, pointing out that the image she was about to share featured someone in a bathing suit, but Raskin's point was made.
MTG continues to be driven by her own pet projects
The fact that Georgia's Taylor-Greene and many other House Republicans were content to pass many hours on September 28 in holding the first impeachment enquiry says a lot about how concerned they are about achieving real political change to help the American people.
MTG has made it quite clear that her priorities are upon pursuing her own pet projects rather than on doing what can be done to get a funding bill and avoid a shutdown. In recent days, she has slammed President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris for their decision to create an office for gun violence prevention, at the same time dismissing Biden's announcement with an insult.
She has also proven again that she seems more concerned about her social media following than about protecting the constitution, an allegation levelled at her by a fellow Republican - Rep. Ken Buck - who is a member of the conservative Republican group 'The Freedom Caucus' which recently voted to remove MTG from its membership.
MTG proved this when she went out of her way to have an altercation with a Democrat protestor outside Congress, so that she could be filmed making a sarcastic remark towards them.
Democrats demolish impeachment enquiry
It seems unlikely that House Republicans could consider the first committee meeting a success in bringing about the impeachment of President Joe Biden.
One of the most vocal critics of the proceedings aside from Jamie Raskin, was Rep. Jasmine Crockett, a Democrat from Texas. As she put it:
“I can’t seem to find the crime and no one has testified what crime they believe the president of the United States has committed.”
While Marjorie Taylor-Greene and other Republicans did their best to position the case for impeaching Biden, it seems like very little was achieved, with or without explicit visual aids!
Do you think that Marjorie Taylor-Greene should be more focused on trying to approve a government funding bill than on impeaching President Joe Biden? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.