Someone close to Rep, Darrell Issa (R-CA) might want to let him know he’s currently digging a hole six feet deep into which he’s frantically tossing his political career. Issa’s tenure as the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been one disastrous embarrassment after another for the slimy, rap-sheet possessing millionaire from San Diego. As if the “Fast & Furious” and Benghazi scandals completely blowing up in his face weren’t enough, his arch rival and ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee just dropped a ten megaton bomb on the IRS Tea Party investigation…or maybe it was just a big, heavy, wet blanket? Regardless, it’s time for us all to toss another Issa investigation into the incinerator.
The full transcripts of the committee investigator’s interview with IRS official John Shafer indeed proved to be the silver bullet that Cummings said it would be a little over a week ago when he gave Issa an ultimatum to stop releasing excerpts of the interviews and instead release the full transcript. Just as Rep. Cummings promised, Shafer is indeed a self-described conservative Republican who was the first person to single out a Tea Party-affiliated group’s non-profit status application for extra scrutiny. He did so, he says, because it seemed like a high-profile case, and he and another IRS staffer continued to do it for subsequent groups to maintain consistency.
That’s the sound of Issa’s IRS investigation dying on the vine. It’s now blatantly obvious why Issa didn’t want the full transcripts released. They contain direct testimony that completely debunks his political posturing and histrionics. It’s just the latest eyebrow raising development in a story that has been full of them. Like for instance, how come Issa knew about the IRS targeting last year and didn’t say anything about it? It couldn’t possibly be that at the time there were tons of Tea Party groups asking for tax-exempt status that were also making political endorsements and also very glaringly breaking the laws for 501(c)(4) status could it? It couldn’t also be because he knew early on this wasn’t a scandal that reached to the top, could it? And it certainly couldn’t be that he sat on this story to wait for a time when the economy was improving, housing was improving, and what the country really needs another jobs creating stimulus so that he could distract us all from that bit of work, could it?
Issa’s tenure as the head of the government committee that’s supposed to ensure the government is playing by its own rules was already alarming given his public record of car theft indictments, gun charge convictions and extremely suspicious arson investigations into a building he owned that suddenly burned down not that long after he increased the fire insurance coverage on it. But even you toss all that prior activity out as youthful indiscretions, you can’t avoid the elephant in the room. Issa is a complete and total failure. None of his investigations have lead to a single thing actually being done. Why aren’t we hearing about the oversight committee making any recommendations to rectify any of the so-called scandals they’ve been investigating?
Where’s Issa’s bill to increase embassy security funding? What’s Issa’s suggestion for streamlining and enhancing the screening process for 501(c)(4) status so that it takes any guesswork and therefore erroneous “targeting” out of the equation? That’s the thing — positions like those that are held by Issa aren’t supposed to be political cudgels. They’re supposed to be positions that allow for government accountability, something that Republicans are supposedly the best at. Issa has never looked at his position that way. In 2010 when he was given the appointment, he went on the TV and radio airwaves, blasting the Obama Administration as “the most corrupt administration” in history. This after Obama had been in office less than a year and before Issa had even officially taken over and held a single hearing.
It’s not even a secret in the media, how partisan and hacky Darrell Issa is. The Republicans put a known criminal with a rap sheet in charge of governmental oversight, and we all laughed then. The problem is it’s time to stop laughing because while Issa’s abysmal failures are certainly chuckle-worthy, and while no one takes pleasure in watching his failures as much as I do, the fact is that every failure is just more wasted money and more importantly, time and focus. We need jobs. We need infrastructure enhancements yesterday, and Issa’s busy trying to take down an administration without any actual evidence.
So let’s once again laugh at him. Let’s once again point out that just like the doctored Benghazi emails, Issa’s had to rely on chicanery to advance his agenda, but let’s also remember that it does no good to laugh unless the Republicans lose their majority in the House or are forced to replace Issa when he’s voted out of office. Though I suppose him getting tossed out for being a corrupt, lying asshole would also do me just fine too.
Here’s hoping in about eighteen months we’ll be laughing at Darrell Issa a hell of a lot less.