Newly elected congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has decided to lead an impeachment effort against President-Elect Joe Biden. On a recent appearance on Newsmax, Greene said “We have to make sure that our leaders are held accountable, we cannot have a president of the United States that is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments”.
What does this mean?
Clearly, Biden won’t be impeached or removed. Democrats own control of the house and the senate, and presumably none of them will vote for impeachment.
However, there are several different angles worth looking at.
Let me start by saying that this is purely political, just like both Trump impeachment efforts. Votes were cast almost entirely along party lines. However, a strong argument can be made that Biden’s presence in the Oval Office would be a national security issue, based on some of the business deals he and his family have been involved in. Democrats tried to make the same case with Trump, but with far less evidence. Nonetheless, this is a political move by congresswoman Greene.
This will show which Republicans are standing up for the GOP voter base. Every Republican knows that Biden has a very checkered past when it comes to issues of potential corruption. They also know that the Trump impeachment was, as Trump has said, a “witch hunt”. Many Republicans won’t view Biden as a legitimate president after he takes office. Whether or not he is legitimate is besides the point.
Democrats were willing to hold the country hostage over a bogus Russia collusion investigation. They were also willing to impeach over both a phone call with the Ukrainian president, and the faulty claim that Trump “incited” violence at the Capitol.
Will Republicans be willing to play for keeps? I believe that many won’t. There’s a tendency among many Republicans to not rock the boat. However, there are a growing number of GOP politicians who have acknowledged that Democrats changed the rules for their benefit. They no longer care about decorum and “taking the high road” when it has gotten them and their voters nowhere. We will see who’s willing to play ball for the base and who refuses to get in the pressure cooker.
Is this tactically smart? It’s hard to tell. It can be looked at in two ways. Some Republicans (myself included) like seeing our chosen elected officials fight for us and not beg for approval from the elite. Others, including many non-affiliated voters (one would presume) would rather the government get to work for the people instead of continuing to play partisan games. In terms of polling, both Trump impeachments have been very unpopular. However, is it possible that the first impeachment helped muddy the water around his presidency and led to his defeat? Possibly. You can’t rule it out.
The reaction to a Republican deciding to bring about articles of impeachment on Joe Biden are predictable. Look for talking heads on the left to use hyperbole like “threat to democracy” and “overturning the will of the people”. The token conservative lapdogs will nod along and say things like “that’s not who we are”. The idea that anyone in the mainstream will give it any legitimacy is insane. Because of this added disadvantage, this move is a risky one for Greene and any GOP colleagues who back her.
It is refreshing to see that more people realize that “the rules” are one-sided, and that abiding by them is a recipe for failure. That said, this is a delicate matter that could easily backfire because of the Establishment’s stranglehold on the flow of information.