At this point the idea of the "Overton Window" is old hat. Things that were at the extremes of the party in one cycle become mainstream from the next as the Republican Party inexorably drifts to the right. What was "voodoo economy" becomes the basis of republican financial policy. Immigration policy is changing from the hardline to the wall. But what's going on with Trump and now with Greene is qualitatively and structurally different.
In the past, the Overton Window moved because a small army of lobbyists, strategists, and media representatives moved it. They invented the words – how inheritance tax became a "death tax" – and phrased the subject in a way that would make an inappropriateness less ridiculous. Then worth hearing. Then everyday.
That doesn't happen Marjorie Greene. Nobody shapes their words to make them more acceptable. Nobody mitigates their pathetic racism, their anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric. No one on K Street is working to make their videos, which support the QAnon conspiracy, mainstream. Marjorie Taylor Greene gives no reference to the mainstream. None of their "where we are going" followers.
That is why the Republican leaders in Congress were firmly against Greene and her support for her main antagonist. John Cowan in the 14th Congressional District of Georgia. But Greene beat Cowan on Tuesday night. Light.
Greene's win leaves the Republicans with a national candidate running on a platform full of delusions from Son of Pizzagate. This includes the entire international network of pedophile assassins linked by pizza orders and attempted coups in Deep State. This includes how Jews are the real Nazis, how blacks are enslaved to the Democratic Party, and how Confederate monuments are signs of "progress."
Greene's words were sharply condemned by Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, both of whom declared their "offensive". But the racism and conspiracy theories were not offensive to Republican voters. Racism and conspiracy theories are what the Republican Party is all about these days. In fact, they are all that it is about. After all, both McCarthy and Scalise have confirmed every ridiculous claim made by Trump. They were right there, carrying the torch, and leading the group to a horde of people … the torches waving.
When Donald Trump ran in 2016, Republicans fired him in Congress, but Trump showed he understood the Republican grassroots better than Republicans. Now Greene just demonstrates that again. There are no lines. There is no basement. Republicans want to believe the worst in government, humanity, and most importantly, anyone who doesn't look like them. QAnon may be nothing more than the product of a thousand insane ferrets madly scratching sh # t-stained keyboards. It does not matter. It offers a source of hatred. And the modern Republican Party is all about hatred.
Somehow, the people who started this fire still don't understand that it will all burn up.