WASHINGTON — Republican divisions spilled out on both sides of the Capitol last week, providing a glimpse into the dynamics of a potential GOP takeover of Congress with the party historically favored to make gains in the 2022 elections. In the House, acrimonious infighting revealed the extent to which far-right conspiracy theorists like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., feel empowered and expect to grow their influence if Republicans seize the majority. Meanwhile, a narrow group of GOP senators held up a major defense bill and nearly forced a government shutdown in pursuit of stopping vaccine mandates, providing a glimpse into the fresh governing challenges President Joe Biden would face if his party loses control. The week revealed the limits of Democrats' grip on power, despite the fact that they're in charge of the White House and Congress. Wafer-thin majorities have left them struggling to finalize Biden's economic and climate bill or smoothly process must-pass legislation. Democrats say a GOP-led Congress would empower rabble-rousers to engage in brinkmanship and create a safe space for far-right House members to push racist statements and election conspiracies. "If Republicans take over, we will likely default on our debt, and face multiple government shutdowns every year. They will prepare to overturn the electoral college and further mainstream the incitement of violence," Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, told NBC News. "It’s extremely risky to put these people in charge — they will make Newt Gingrich look like a moderate. The Republican base is with Marjorie Taylor Green." The right-wing rebels may be a minority inside the GOP, but they demonstrate the problems House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would face in corralling the party if they took control, respectively, in 13 months. The two met privately on Thursday. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said Republicans have to get control of the party, or they risk encouraging some in their ranks to create wedges within the party that play into Democrats' hands politically. "We're up against deadlines. Individual members are exercising their privileged rights. And they're wedging. And as long as you encourage people to wedge, you're going to have more of it," Rounds said in an interview. "It's very unfortunate. Leadership needs to address it." Early last week, after Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., condemned Boebert's comments comparing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to a terrorist because of her Muslim faith, Greene chimed in to call Mace "trash." It sparked a bitter feu . . . read the full article here.