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:I may not be as cynical as Bob Owens but we'll see. Discussion over at Memeorandum.
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.
- 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