And the Donks and Rinos that are herding together immediately start milling about and bleating in pain as if a cattle prod had been shoved up their rectums. MSNBC’s pet “conservative” Joe Scarbourough seems greatly pained:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) went after the Obama administration hard on Sunday, charging that the IRS targeting was “directly ordered from Washington” and deeming White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar.” Responding to the criticism on Monday, Joe Scarboroughdidn’t approve of Issa’s approach. It’s simply making him look bad, he argued.
“Darrell Issa hurts himself and his cause more than Jay Carney or the White House when he calls him a paid liar,” Scarborough asserted. There’s a lot working against Carney right now, so he and Mika Brzezinski agreed that Issa should just let the issue breathe.
Carney’s said many things “clearly not in line with the facts,” Scarborough agreed. “But if you’re in this position as a chairman, responsible for these investigations, that just basically announces to everybody — I’m not saying he is — ‘I’m a partisan. Anything that I conclude is based on my partisan beliefs.’ You’ve got to pull back and you’ve — you can’t say things like this.”
And right away the liberal commenters at Mediaite chime in with classy, logic free comments:
- Issa is nothing more than a scumbag. Plain and simple. He could care less about the facts. All that matters to him is scoring political points.
- It is incumbent on Issa and anyone in a position of responsibility to actually show proof what he’s saying is true, not simply engage in name-calling. But Darrell Issa is one of the least serious people on Capitol Hill, and like most Republicans isn’t interested in his duties so much as the politics.
- Issa has made a lot of allegations…has proven nothing ….he is 0 for all….no one takes him seriously anymore who has any sense…..
Gee, and to think there was a time in the not too distant past when the political left loved investigations…well, “loved” might not be the right term – this Washington Post article from 2007 would qualify as “positively giddy”:
Condoleezza Rice to come before his panel to answer questions about the run-up to the Iraq war, corruption and State Department contracting.
Today, Rice will finally appear. But Waxman (D-Calif.) has not spent the week on a victory lap. He has found time to produce evidence accusing State Department security contractor Blackwater Worldwide of tax evasion, to fire off a letter to Rice demanding information about alleged mismanagement of a $1 billion contract to train Iraqi police, and to hold a hearing on uranium poisoning on Navajo land.
Waxman has become the Bush administration’s worst nightmare: a Democrat in the majority with subpoena power and the inclination to overturn rocks. But in Waxman the White House also faces an indefatigable capital veteran — with a staff renowned for its depth and experience — who has been waiting for this for 14 years.
These days, the 16-term congressman is always ready with a hearing, a fresh crop of internal administration e-mails or a new explosive report. And he has more than two dozen investigations underway, on such issues as the politicization of the entire federal government, formaldehyde in Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers, global warming, and safety concerns about the diabetes drug Avandia…
Waxman has shown himself to be tireless. On a single day last month, he angrily questioned the slow pace of change at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, led Jewish House colleagues to denounce Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) for suggesting that Jewish Americans helped start the Iraq war, and weighed in on another aspect of his committee’s ongoing investigation of State Department Inspector General Howard J. Krongard.
Marin said Waxman has been dealt a very strong hand: an unpopular administration, an unpopular war and carte blanche from his leadership to go wherever he wants. Waxman’s staff has a knack for atmospherics, holding information in its back pocket until news events pique interest.
“They understand there’s nothing more exciting than seeing an e-mail or a secret document that you weren’t ever supposed to see,” Marin said.
Some investigations come straight from the headlines. This week’s examination of the health effects of neglected uranium mines on the Navajo land was the result of a Los Angeles Times series. Others are the pet peeves of staff members. The committee’s look into the Pentagon’s manipulation of Tillman’s death and the capture of then-Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch grew from Schiliro’s own nagging questions.
Nostrils Waxman, how we miss thee.