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Darrell Issa Says He’ll Work With Obama

From the Wall Street Journal:

Issa Says GOP Oversight Won’t Be Overbearing

OCTOBER 22, 2010

Detractors portray him as a Republican pit bull-in-waiting who will lunge for the Democrats’ jugular if his party wins the House in next month’s election.

Rep. Darrell Issa wants to bury that notion. He said he won’t pepper the Obama White House with subpoenas and showboat hearings if he becomes chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. "That’s not my plan at all," the California Republican said in an interview.

Compare and contrast this kind of talk with the jihad that Ms. Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats were promising their base in the run-up to the 2006 midterm elections.

They practically promised to put the entire Republican Congress and the Bush administration behind bars on day one. Promises the media cheered.

While fellow Republicans promise efforts to repeal the Democrats’ health-care overhaul and block funds to undermine the Obama agenda, Mr. Issa talks cooperation. And cooperation, in particular, with President Barack Obama.

"I can continue to be the annoyer in chief if the White House doesn’t want to work with us," he said. "But if they do, we have a real opportunity to get some things done."

Do notice the conspicuous absence of any specific quotes from Mr. Issa promising to cooperate "in particular, with President Barack Obama."

Mr. Issa has used his position as the oversight panel’s ranking minority member to challenge the administration on an array of topics. Democrats cite him to stir their voters against the idea of a House GOP takeover…

To hear Mr. Issa, his potential chairmanship might be a bit more workmanlike. The items that top his target list if he becomes Congress’s top watchdog include: Dig into excesses in the federal pension system; trim Medicare waste; downsize and try to save the U.S. Postal Service; investigate potential abuses within mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

He also wants to overhaul how the federal government purchases and contracts for its information technology.

Wow, if that laundry list won’t suppress the conservative vote turnout, we don’t know what will.

Mr. Issa, who made a fortune selling car alarms before running for Congress in 2000, conceded he has no desire to aid the Obama presidency. But like other top House Republicans, he is acutely aware that the party, if it wins control, would need to quickly demonstrate to voters it can offer concrete accomplishments, not just obstruction.

"We have to move the needle in the other direction or we won’t get any credit," he said. "If all we do is stop everything, and the government comes to a halt, voters won’t be happy with us, either."

Mr. Issa appears to be misinformed. We want this kind of ‘government’ to come to a halt. In fact, we wish it had come to a halt about four years ago.

Mr. Issa’s counter-example is the Republican-led oversight committee of the late 1990s that spent years and millions of dollars going after the Clinton administration, showering it with more than 1,000 subpoenas.

Which, come to think of it, may have been because the House was putting together Articles of Impeachment for Mr. Clinton.

Retiring Rep. David Obey, a veteran Democrat, said lawmakers shouldn’t be taken in by Mr. Issa’s professions. Mr. Obey called the Republican "very bright, very smooth," but added: "Darrell Issa is an incredibly ruthless and amoral politician. He will swing at anything or anybody and doesn’t give a damn who he hurts."

Hilarious. In all of our nation’s history, have we ever seen politicians who were more ruthless and more amoral than Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?

Mr. Issa has had his share of brawls with the Obama administration over the past 20 months. He accused the White House of trying to manage the 2010 Census for political gain. He criticized the administration for its handling of the bailout of General Motors Co. and Chrysler LLC. He asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine allegations the White House improperly offered a job to Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak to get him to withdraw from the Pennsylvania Senate primary.

This is the "pit-bull" Darrell Issa the voters want.

Hopefully, his recent comments are just more of his amoral ruthlessness and he doesn’t really mean them. But if he does, he should be shown the door, too.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Darrell Issa Says He’ll Work With Obama”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    I never have understood this hysteria: The Tea Party is going to shut down the government!!!!!

    We should BE so lucky! All the lefties are hand-wringing over this.

    This is a major selling point. Everyone hates the government, and taking a vacation from it, for a few months would do us good! All they do in crank out 100s of bills and regulation that no one understands, and they don’t even read it themselves, and are exempt from it anyway.

    We should be so lucky as to have the government shut down for a while, it’s a major selling point!

  2. proreason says:

    Mr. Issa appears to be trying out for Dancing with the Stars.

    If he continues to dance with the idea of cooperating with this fascist regime, then he will indeed soon be needing to practice his foxtrot rather than legislative skills.


    1. Repeal ObamaCare
    2. Return the unspent Stick-it-to-us to the taxpayers’ pockets
    3. Extend the Bush Tax Cuts and further cut capital gains taxes
    4. Repeal Financial Disinform
    5. Repeal every other detail of the Fascist agenda
    6. Get Fannie Mae under control asap
    7. No more Stick-it-to-us’s
    8. Cut the federal budget across the board to pre 2008 levels
    9. Make it 1000% clear no version of Cap and Tax will ever pass while 1 Republican draws a breath

    That ought to be what happens in the first week.

    Then put the entire administration on trial. Convict as many as possible. That ought to take into April.

    Then set out to restructure Social Security and Medicare so that our children have a future.

  3. oldpuppydixie says:

    I trust republicans understand that any spineless decision to betray voters by “crossing the aisle” will doom the party to inevitable and perpetual loser status. The republican party will become a THIRD party in the US…. it’s elitist DC, loafer-wearing, RINO hacks doing battle with a newly formed Tea Party for votes.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Ruling class disconnect. He doesn’t know or doesn’t care what the people want. As he sees it they elected him to “get things done” as he sees fit. Unfortunately for him, his disconnect will cost him. Senate majority leader? my _ss. He’s now outed himself clearly as a think-like-a-democrat type of worst kind of republican. Cooperation with them? NO! It’s time for adults to realize that there is no compromising with democrats.

    Look at it this way. The conservative way of doing things is the base recipe that the socialists have been trying to infiltrate, usurp and undo for generations now and they have been largely successful. Much of what they’ve done would not have happened were it not for complicity on the part of RINOs and the ruling class republicans who think it shows “good faith” to the other side, which is all too willing to take whatever scraps they get right along with whatever uber-restrictive legislation they can cram down our throats on top of it.

    So, when it comes down to it, Issa will be the subject of tea party anger as well. A concept completely lost on the media-crity. Indeed there are many people who just—don’t—-get—-it.

    What part of “Stop it, you’re making a mess” don’t you understand?

    • proreason says:

      Issa’s history says he is one of the good guys. He is the wealthiest man in Congress and doesn’t appear to be a career politician or somebody who is wedded to the Ruling Class.

      It’s hard to understand what his confusing statements lately are all about. He even had a conversation with Rush about it, but he is still muddying the waters.

      I’m hoping that he is simply manifesting a strategy by the Republicans to be civil while still opposing every element of the fascist agenda. If it’s something other than that, Mr. Issa is going to quickly find himself back in the private sector.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Agreed. And why he appears to be pulling a John McCain is also a mystery to me. But, it did occur to me that what he may mean, without being overt about it is that it’s a setup. That is, much the way the democrats interpret the word “compromise” and “working with”. Of course, to them those terms mean, “doing it our way”. So, it could be a setup where Issa invites barry to “work with us” and if he instead, as is predicted, doubles down on his agenda, he will look ever more the fool.

      So that’s a possibility, I guess. Salesmanship.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I’m coming to understand that this is THE classic communicational divide between “pragmatic” professional politicians and pragmatic political ideologues. At the root of this nuanced situation may be a teachable moment about the broader disconnect between Washington poker games and how sick of them the rest of the country is.

      “I’m hoping that he is simply manifesting a strategy by the Republicans to be civil while still opposing every element of the fascist agenda.”

      Yeah, they’re looking for civility points, undoubtedly. It isn’t a bad strategy either. The Tea Party is well able to carry its own voice nationally now and it carries an auto-immunity to anal probing since you can’t pin it to personality but substance.

      The House Republicans are laying low and keeping their tone and their stated intentions vague because I think they know Obama can’t or won’t ever genuinely triangulate, so they’re going to lay all the political groundwork to make that look like his ONLY reasonable choice following the 2010 shellacking. That way when he doesn’t his intentions are what’s made abundantly clear and demonizing the Republicans going forward loses even more of its impact.

      That’s what I believe is happening at the House level. The Senate leadership is trying to shelter in the same tent of political neutrality, but the Tea Party is rightfully aware that the Senate sees them as a threat and is operating agaisnt them in the media and campaigns.

      Regarding Issa’s Country Class credentials, don’t dispute or doubt them too much. He’s been one of the earliest and most consistent legislators to show up at local Tea Parties, often unannounced. He’s on record as saying “We have to say to the tea party: You’re not strident enough, you’re not angry enough and the government has gone far enough … We’ve already squandered the legacy of our parents.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/23/darrell-issa-tea-party-no_n_690915.html

      Whether he’ll actually be the knight in the trenches is a matter of trust. The facts are well-exposed and painfully obvious. Even if Issa can’t be trusted to go pedal-to-the-medal, you can trust the San Diego Tea Party to hold him accountable if he’s not.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    I did not get Issa either on Rush – however what he said set off Rush into a precise and on point description of the situation – when Issa was going on about Boehner will restore the Rules of the House if he becomes Speaker after the elections – Rush’s response that the People don’t care about the rules of the House but want this agenda stopped – they don’t get it.

    It is that reason and that reason only that I fear for my country. We The People are scr*wed if everyone who goes to DC – becomes so clueless about reality in America.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  6. GL0120 says:

    Golly gee, I suppose that if the Republicans can tale enough votes, the Democrats would happily share power.
    Morons like this are why we need more Tea Party candidates.

  7. BigOil says:

    Why on earth would Republicans want to either work with or be civil to a tyrant whose first olive banch was ‘I Won’? Since those immortal words, it has all been downhill. Barry has spent two straight years jamming his thumb in the eye of two-thirds of the country.

    Republicans need to grow a pair and begin fighting for this country and the Constitution they have sworn to protect. I can think of at least 3 impeachable offenses committed by Barry off the top of my head. Get to work on stopping this bunch of criminals like our country’s future depends on it…because it does.

  8. oldpuppydixie says:

    Naturally the left is hoping to depress conservative turnout by running such stories. But republicans MUST understand that should they appease and “cross the aisle” rather than do everything in their newly acquired power to DESTROY Hussein and his agenda, they will become a THIRD PARTY, with the TEA Party taking their current spot!

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