Not all California Republicans are Pseudo-leftist Moonbats

by the Left Coast Rebel

California's own Representative Darrel Issa (R-CA) was on Face the Nation over the weekend and a particular "corrupt" comment is trending today:

I met Darrel Issa on November 2 at the Golden Hall GOP election headquarters in San Diego and asked him about his upcoming investigations in the 112th Congress. At first he told me that he had some big plans concerning Countrywide and the culture of corruption surrounding the company. For some reason though the aid/friend that Congressman Issa was with thought that I may have been some kind of lefty-journalist type, nudging him halfway through our conversation, cutting the conversation short and saying that he would be "exploring food safety concerns." I thought that this statement was incredibly strange - WC Varones was with me and can vouch for this as well - we both thought that Issa and the guy he was with got spooked for some reason and clammed up (it could have been the camera that I had, it looked like I had video rolling).

Anyway I like Darrell Issa, but like any politician, I believe that we need to keep him on a short leash. Today he released a list of investigations that while impressive, still seem to be lacking.

The list is preliminary though.

Confederate Yankee sums up my concerns well:
I'm actually a bit disappointed in the items he hasn't listed:
  • the firing of Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who had his sights on Kevin Johnson, a prominent Obama supporter
  • the buy-off of Joe Sestak which Issa once called "Obama's Watergate" and in which Issa suggested three felonies took place
  • Pigford and Pigford II, which were fraud-filled payouts to people who claimed to be farmers, that some describe as then Senator Obama's attempt at reparations for slavery
  • The Black Panther/DOJ Voter Intimidation case that the Administration dropped after winning, and the alleged refusal by the DOJ Civil Rights division to prosecute minorities
  • the Administration's bullying of car companies and Wall Street
  • abuse of power by the Administration, including the massive and unconstitutional expansion and assertion of executive power
Some are speculating that Issa's current list is just a jumping-off point to get the ball rolling, but I suspect that it is a bit less ambitious than that. Congressmen love power, and the prospect of leverage. I would not be surprised at all that the items listed above are nothing more or less than items the GOP will use for political blackmail.
I may not be as cynical as Bob Owens but we'll see. Discussion over at Memeorandum.


  1. Watch Issa. He's liable to get squishy quickly. I agree about the short leash.

  2. The elephant has no spine! 2012, here we come.

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  4. We can't use a sledgehammer, they need to use a scapel.

    This is a good list. Eric Holder is a horrible AG who is mired in race based justice and more interested in giving terrorists rights that they don't have instead of protecting the average American.

    I don't want them spending millions of dollars, that we don't have by the way, to end up of with another Lewinski episode that at the end of the day only managed to be a footnote in the history books. Clinton's impeachment did nothing to help this country. It didn't change him or his policies. We spent all that money for show. Shameful.

  5. JACG - I can see your point here but my point is simply that I believe that even Issa - who I really like - may go squishy on us.

  6. We can't let the results of the Clinton impeachment intimidate us forever.

    To extend the scalpel analogy, I'd say that the Obama administration has stage IV metastatic corruption. A scalpel won't cut it. We need to use nothing less than systemic chemotherapy and radiation.

    The GOP can't say that it has done its job if all the Dems' hair hasn't fallen out by this time two years from now.

  7. BTW, was the fallout from the Clinton impeachment really all that bad for the GOP? If so, why didn't America want to keep a Democrat in the White House in the midst of the relatively good economic times of 2000?

  8. BTW - Squishy is the name of the game in politics. At least so it seem from this old man's viewpoint.

  9. @Rational Nation

    When it comes to the squish factor, if we give them an inch, they'll take a mile.

  10. R/K:
    Gore lost because he waged a bad campaign. It wasn't that Bush was loved, remember he lost the popular vote. Gore lost his home state, that was the difference. Everybody thinks it was Florida. If Gore had won Tennessee, Florida wouldn't have mattered.

    People are looking for results. We want common sense solutions to our economic woes. If the republicans are seen as doing nothing but wasting money on endless investigations, Obama may very well get re=elected. My only concern is to get Obama out of office. If that means sticking some of these investigations to the back burner for right now, then that is what we need to do.

    You can get a lot done with scapel. Ask a surgeon.

  11. jcg: Gore probably could done better in TN, a socially conservative state, if not for the scandals of the Clinton years (which were brought to light by the impeachment).


    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think most Americans believe that rooting out corruption is a waste of money. Moreover, I think the GOP can walk and chew gum at the same time. I don't see how investigating corruption would interfere with the GOP's ability to get other things done.

    What else is Obama going to let the Republicans accomplish, anyway? Obama is ideologically opposed to anything that is good for capitalism. If Obama signs anything into law that actually helps the economy, I will be pleasantly shocked.

    With a President of "No" in the White House, House GOPers are going to have a lot of time on their hands.

  12. In reality neither Obama nor the Republicans in general understand what is good for capitalism.

    Capitalism and it should be is a forgotten ideal, likely never to be actually realized here or anywhere else for that matter.

    To many pull peddlers, and to many in government willing to accommodate them.

    And subsidies and too big to fail and regulations and so it continues to go.

  13. R/K
    I understand what your saying and in principle I agree with you. What I am saying is that it needs to be targeted. It scares me when I hear people say "beat them with a big stick". I think that people want the corruption rooted out, but they want it done in a responsible and honest way. I don't want them going off half cocked.

    I didn't get involved in this movement to kill the democrats. I got involved to save the republic from itself. I want limited, responsible government. There are some that think that the republicans can find some smoking gun to force Obama from office and they can't stop until they do. While that would be nice, I don't think it likely.
    I want solutions. I believe that the majority of the country agrees with me on that.
    Remember corrupt doesn't necessarily mean illegal.


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