We’re not sure if Rep. Darrell Issa thought this last one through. Issa is one of the most polarizing figures in Congress, having been the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee for the last three years, using his power to hold dozens and dozens of Congressional hearings into every burp, sneeze or flatulence that emits from the White House in a dogged pursuit of something — anything — that would stick President Obama and help get him impeached and eventually thrown out of office.
Mind you, none of the “scandals” he’s uncovered and investigated to the Nth degree have actually produced anything of substance. But when has a Republican ever shied away from spending taxpayer money on an insipid personal ideological crusade?
Issa is a hard-right ideologue and is one of the many Republicans in the House who are dug in on the government shutdown. He voted every time for measures he knew contained language the Democratically-controlled Senate would reject, and so when he asked a Federal judge to essentially ignore the government shutdown and keep pursuing contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama White House over “Fast & Furious” — the gun-walking scandal that wasn’t really a scandal since the program didn’t start under Obama and it was run essentially by an inept ATF kept rudderless by the NRA — Judge Amy Berman Jackson not only denied his request, she gave him a verbal lashing and a reminder that he did in fact, “build this.”
“There are no exigent circumstances in this case that would justify an order of the Court forcing furloughed attorneys to return to their desks,” Jackson wrote in her order. Then she dropped the hammer down on Issa, reminding him that as a member of Congress he’s not only not entitled to special treatment the rest of the country can’t get, but that he was in fact directly accountable for the very shut down that was forcing him to bring his motion the courts in the first place.
“Moreover, while the vast majority of litigants who now must endure a delay in the progress of their matters do so due to circumstances beyond their control,” Judge Jackson wrote. “that cannot be said of the House of Representatives, which has played a role in the shutdown that prompted the stay motion.”
In other words, ‘You made your bed, and now you can lie in it.’