Okay, so if the Benghazi emails were faked and Rep. Darrell Issa is proven to have been cherry-picking interview excerpts about the IRS “scandal” in an attempt to try and show that the White House was involved, we get to ignore him. Not that we shouldn’t be ignoring the shady chairman of the House Oversight Committee to begin with, but if/when Issa’s colleague releases the full IRS interview transcripts and if/when it’s proven that Issa was the one lying, not Carney, I think my head will explode the next time I see Darrell on TV, piping his steaming pile of nonsense into conservative ears everywhere.
Over the weekend, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) vowed on CNN’s “State of the Union” program to release the full transcripts of the interviews that were conducted with IRS officials and staff members while the investigation of Tea Party group targeting was underway. Cummings said “I want every syllable of those transcripts to be released,” to CNN’s Candy Crowley. Cummings also spoke of a supervisor at the IRS who was a self-described “conservative Republican” who flat-out denied any political motivation.
Rep. Cummings also mentioned a letter he sent to Issa quoting that conservative Republican IRS supervisor as saying, “I do not believe that the screening of these cases had anything to do [with anything] other than consistency and identifying issues that needed to have further development.” The picture is becoming very clear now. Darrell Issa is really good at taking a piece of the whole story and spinning it into anti-Obama rhetoric, but he’s not good at keeping the lies up, because he is constantly caught in them.
I’m not suggesting it was Issa who doctored the White House Benghazi emails that supposedly were going to blow that “scandal” wide open, but I am suggesting it was his party that would have benefited from it if he had. I am suggesting that from the very beginning of his tenure as chairman of Oversight, Issa has been a partisan crusader and nothing else. He was calling the Obama administration corrupt before he even held one hearing or investigation. I know we liberals have been calling Ted Cruz the new Joe McCarthy, and there is certainly something to that, but clearly Issa is the House version of Joe McCarthy, constantly throwing accusations and rhetoric against the wall and hoping something sticks.
The tragedy of the IRS “scandal” is that it was never a “scandal” in the first place. Of course the IRS should be making sure that no one cheats the American taxpayers for a free ride. Of course the IRS should be making sure that groups who claim little or no political activity aren’t lying to us. It’s in our best interest to not be swindled by these groups. I would be far more appalled if the taxation enforcement agency in this country wasn’t actually enforcing the tax codes, but was instead just sitting back while SuperPACs, both left and right, abused the system.
If what Cummings says pans out, that the conservative Republican IRS supervisor said there was no coordination with the White House, then it’s time for this scandal to be put to bed once and for all. You’ll notice that once the Fortune article about “Fast & Furious” came out and debunked nearly all of the conservative conspiracy theories being presented, suddenly Issa stopped holding hearings on “Fast & Furious.” Did he make any statements about how he may have been wrong? Of course not. Conservatives never ever hold their own feet to the fire, despite all their bluster and gnashing of teeth while they spit out “personal responsibility” and “rugged individualism” from their gaping maws.
I have a feeling that the IRS “scandal” will wind up being nothing more than another tempest in Issa’s teapot. It’s mind-boggling to me that in Issa’s fairly conservative district (I live in it so I am well-aware of being a small blue dot in a big red sea), even Republicans haven’t revolted against Rep. Issa. He’s been wasting taxpayer money on political crusade after political crusade, with none of them providing policy recommendations, let alone any proof of malfeasance on the part of the White House. It’s as if Issa feels the point of the Oversight committee is to find things to impeach presidents for, not to simply holding hearings to find ways to improve policy and make our country better.
Issa is everything that is wrong with our government today. He is bitterly partisan, even on issues that should be bipartisan like the IRS targeting story. He is willing to, at best, cherry-pick data and quotes, and, at worst, lie to the American public in any way necessary to keep his career of political mudslinging alive. Issa is the exact reason that the 2014 mid-terms are going to be so crucial. Liberals should probably send Issa a thank you card though, because if he doesn’t stop these petty crusades and actually does wind-up spearheading an effort to impeach the president, he’ll have done more to hand the Democrats control of the House than any Democrat will do in the entirety of next year’s elections.