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Biden Is Making Marjorie Taylor Greene the Face of the Republican Party

For almost 2 years, Joe Biden has made nice to the Republicans in the hope of getting them to work with him on bipartisan legislation. He's gradually coming to realize that this is a fool's errand. There aren't many things on which they are going to work with him. So now he seems to be changing his tune and is starting to make the most inflammatory Republican, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the new face of the Republican Party. She makes a far better foil than the spine-free Kevin McCarthy or Old Crow over in the Senate.

In the past, not only did Biden refrain from calling out the Republicans in general, he also almost never called them out by name. That is changing now. And with Greene likely to lead the internal opposition within the GOP House caucus, she is about to become a household name. Well, more than she already is. Also, Elon Musk has unblocked her Twitter account, so she is free to spout things that Biden can cite as the "Republican position." Not all Republicans agree with Greene's views on everything—or anything, for that matter—but to the extent that Biden can convince the public that what Greene says is the Republican viewpoint, it will help the Democrats.

While Greene is definitely queen of the crazies, she's not alone. In the upcoming negotiations between McCarthy and the Freedom Caucus, no doubt many members are going to insist on getting committee chairs and other positions of power in trade for their votes. If Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) get visible positions, Biden will be able to hold them up as additional examples of what the Republicans want. From Biden's point of view, the crazier they are, the better targets they make. (V)

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