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What life will look like if Republicans win the House

Just received this statement from Rep. Darrell Issa's office:

With NPR benefitting from the generosity of people like MoveOn.org financier George Soros, it’s obvious that NPR is now a self-sustaining entity that no longer needs to rely on federal funds. As an independent entity, they will be free to serve Mr. Soros’ far left agenda. Once NPR is free from the umbrella of accepting, receiving and being eligible for taxpayer dollars, maybe Soros can fully finance NPR’s fall schedule with spin-offs of some of America’s favorite shows such as, "Dancing with the Czars" or "Socialist Survivor" and "Lost: The Obama Presidency."

If Republicans win the House next month, Issa will chair the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which means he'll be running investigations and have full subpoena power. Should be fun!

By Ezra Klein  | October 22, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
 
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Posted by: bgmma50 | October 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of crap that loses them the House in 2012.

Posted by: klautsack | October 22, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

really, G-d help us.
may every democrat get in their mail-in ballots, or show up at the polls.

Posted by: jkaren | October 22, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's all step back from partisanship and understand that government funding of *any* media was a really bad idea in the first place.

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | October 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You're right, klautsack. Republicans would be very wise to refrain from engaging in show trials. One of the smart things Obama did was stop the lefties who wanted to hang Bush administration officials and CIA operatives out to dry over waterboarding. It may be red meat to the base, but it pretty much disgusts everybody else.

Posted by: bgmma50 | October 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

@bgmma50:
Nice way to equate criminal investigations with partisan show trials there.

What disgusts people is a government that doesn't give a damn about the illegal activities perpetrated by prior administrations.

Posted by: eruditeogre | October 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

klautsack, 100% right. I think this Juan Williams flap will blow over in a couple days, never to be heard from again, but I fully expect hearings on birther nonsense, and that's really not going to help the GOP. It's cheap, it juvenile, and it's not governing.

bgmma50, I think there's a difference in that there might actually have been crimes committed during the Bush Administration that, if they indeed were crimes, should have been investigated, as opposed to this NPR story and the birther nonsense. I do, however, think President Obama probably read the politics right.

Posted by: MosBen | October 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Ezra, like President Obama and the Democrats when they took control, don't you really think that Republicans who control the House of Representatives will choose not to "relitigate the past*"?

*quoth Rahm Emanuel

Posted by: novaobserver | October 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ezra, come on... everyone does it when they get into office. Aren't you sick of the last 2 years when Democrats basically spent the whole time on war crime trials of the Bush Administration? The big show trials on torture? And then they brought Tom DeLay back up for investigation. And the U.S. Attorneys scandal? And those warrantless wiretapping trials -- I thought they would never end. Move on already, guys! It's been nothing but investigations of Republicans in the news the last 2 years, so Democrats have it coming to them. ::hopefully super-obvious snark::

Posted by: vvf2 | October 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

bgmma50-
I agree. There was no way anyone was going to be tried as a war criminal. I wish Obama had pushed harder to repeal FISA and parts of the Patriot Act. But overall, I think the Dems have charted a very reasonable course. This is what makes all of this "Obama is a Nazi" talk so hollow. I guess the question is whether the GOP can ignore its Tea Party base on these issues or at least chart some other path forward to make the nonsense seem less pressing to the wingnuts.

As for NPR, part of me thinks they should just make the leap and stop accepting public money. It amounts to, what, about 30% of the income. They could probably make it up. Especially if there was some kind of "weaning" period.

Posted by: klautsack | October 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

What a circus -- as if things weren't bad enough. While we're talking about the first amendment and taxpayer money, perhaps it's time to end (or seriously curtail) the tax deduction for donations that support religious institutions/activities.

Posted by: wswest | October 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

NPR gets 10% of its funding from the government. The member stations take more, but supposedly less than 50%.

Posted by: MosBen | October 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

a broad coalition should condemn issa for this kind of language, from someone who is in a position of leadership.
it is beneath someone in his position to write like this.
it is dangerous for someone in his position to write like this.
regardless of what republicans may think, no-one benefits from this. no-one.

silencesilencesilencesilencesilence.


an ill wind is certainly blowing.
i feel very sorry for what i see happening.
it is not good for ANY of us.

Posted by: jkaren | October 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

As was mentioned here or in another post, anyone who thinks NPR is some kind of liberal bastion or analog to Rush Limbaugh hasn't listened to much NPR.

Posted by: MosBen | October 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead Mr. Issa! Oh, NPR doesn't get funding from the government? what? http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/publicradiofinances.html#npr

Posted by: gonzosnose | October 22, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of ignorant whiners.

Economic growth was just fine after 1994. Thanks for playing.

Posted by: krazen1211 | October 22, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"bgmma50, I think there's a difference in that there might actually have been crimes committed during the Bush Administration that, if they indeed were crimes, should have been investigated, as opposed to this NPR story and the birther nonsense." posted by MosBen

MosBen, I don't think Ezra is concerned about Issa investigating NPR. He's concerned about Republicans having subpoena power over the Obama administration and the right to conduct hearings aka show trials.

I hadn't even thought about Obama's birth certificate. They probably won't conduct hearings over that. They may, however, try to pass legislation requiring all future Presidential candidates to establish through the production of appropriate documentation that they meet the constitutional requirements for the office.

Posted by: bgmma50 | October 22, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

if the excitable children of the left and center who voted for obama a couple years ago would grow up and realize that in the american winner-take-all system sometimes you need to show up on election day, hold your nose, and vote for "the best available" instead of "the best" in order to avoid getting "the worst of all things" then there wouldn't be anything to worry about from the right-wing noisemakers. the right could then go on making their noise while the rest of us agitate the dems the day AFTER election day and all the other days to do what the country actually needs done.

Posted by: GravitarProfundus | October 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"I guess the question is whether the GOP can ignore its Tea Party base on these issues"

You know, klautsack, I suspect that if the Tea Party were to hold show trials, Hank Paulson would be one of the top targets. They seem to be a lot more interested in fiscal matters than in payback for old political grievances.

Posted by: bgmma50 | October 22, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"if the excitable children of the left and center who voted for obama a couple years ago would grow up and realize that in the american winner-take-all system sometimes you need to show up on election day, hold your nose, and vote for "the best available" instead of "the best" in order to avoid getting "the worst of all things" then there wouldn't be anything to worry about from the right-wing noisemakers. the right could then go on making their noise while the rest of us agitate the dems the day AFTER election day and all the other days to do what the country actually needs done."


Unfortunately those guys go for the chic and the hip, and Obama isn't chic and hip anymore. Sorry.

Won't matter much anyway, for the House. Turnout might help you save Senate seats here and there, but Senate seats don't matter much.

Although watching Harry Reid get bounced by a crazy lady will be fun.

Posted by: krazen1211 | October 22, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

bgmma50-

C'mon big businesses aren't bankrolling that group to see Hank Paulson up there. Elizabeth Warren? Maybe.

Posted by: klautsack | October 22, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Issa's still pushing the Czar cannard? He's dumber than he looks, isn't he?

Posted by: lol-lol | October 22, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I remember the 1994-95 session of Congress when Bob Dole went public with his opposition of Public Television and attempts to de-fund it. It never went anywhere. And in 1996, neither did his run for the White House.

Posted by: Rick00 | October 22, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm amused that the titles of all of the shows suggested by Issa for NPR's schedule are tweaks on TV shows. Does he realize that this is a radio network? Maybe there just aren't enough commonly recognized radio programs outside of what NPR offers to use them as the basis for this type of statement. If true, this says a lot about the service that NPR offers. These days it's almost unique.

Posted by: scifiknitter | October 24, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think I was more irritated by the mixing of the radio and television metaphors.

Posted by: teddywilson | October 25, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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