With Republicans in narrow control of the U.S. House of Representatives, it’s widely expected that the next two years will feature a variety of retaliatory investigations into President Joe Biden–looking to balance the scales after Donald Trump’s unprecedented scofflaw presidency generated two impeachments, and more recently Trump’s long-concealed income tax returns showing that you probably paid more taxes than Trump for at least part of Trump’s time in office. That’s before we even start talking about Javanka and the Saudis.
Although the reciprocal investigations set to be launched by the new GOP House majority are certain to take up a lot of time and oxygen, as Politico reports, the White House is breathing a major sigh of relief after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stacked the House Oversight Committee with what can best be described as some of his most dysfunctional caucus members:
House Republicans’ installation of some of their most incendiary conservatives on the Oversight Committee is sparking an unexpected feeling inside the White House: unbridled glee.
The panel tasked with probing Biden policies and actions, as well as the president’s own family, will be stocked with some of the chamber’s biggest firebrands and die-hard Trumpists — including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) — ideal figureheads for a White House eager to deride the opposition party as unhinged.
No administration wants to feel the heat of congressional investigations, and Biden’s team is no different. But privately, the president’s aides sent texts to one another with digital high fives and likened their apparent luck to drawing an inside straight. One White House ally called it a “political gift.”
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar both lost their committee postings in the previous Congress for their unhinged-trending-threatening rhetoric directed at colleagues. In Kevin McCarthy’s House, they get a starring role in what’s expected to be the focus of the new majority. As readers know the once-fast friendship between MTG and Colorado’s premiere far-right edgelady Rep. Lauren Boebert has soured to the point that we wouldn’t intentionally place them in the same room of any kind, let along a committee hearing room.
The theory in Biden’s favor here is that an Oversight Committee dominated by some of the least credible, most distractable extremists in the Republican caucus will be self-limited by its own incompetence and infighting. Although MTG has restored her good standing in the caucus with her loyalty to McCarthy in the clutch, she’s still the same discredited lunatic who gave the world the “Jewish Space Laser” conspiracy theory.
Just like Lauren Boebert said. Boebert, “very familiar” with QAnon and “Great Replacement” conspiracy theories of her own, has little room to criticize MTG in this regard–which of course doesn’t stop her. As for Paul Gosar? Our best suggestion is to not make eye contact.
If you’re wondering how this crew of proudly counterfactual misfits is possibly going to convince the American people that Biden is anywhere near as corrupt as Trump was, you’re not alone. But this is what the GOP-controlled U.S. House is going to spend the next two years leading off the news with.