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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Will GOP chairmen conduct meaningful oversight?

By Jennifer Rubin

Democrats had predicted -- hoped, really -- that Republicans would fire up a host of nonsensical investigations of the Obama administration, thereby demonstrating the GOP's hyper-partisanship and unfitness to govern. But reality should be dawning on Democrats and the media that this Republican majority is far more disciplined and sober than was the Newt Gingrich majority. Already, one of the most aggressive Republicans, Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), has disclaimed interest in probing the alleged job offer Joe Sestak got to encourage him to leave the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania. Sestak lost, the Republican candidate won, and the public now could care less about this incident.

Democrats, however, should be concerned about real oversight, the sort we've not seen in the last two years while the Democratic Congress displayed precious little interest in examining the executive branch's performance on a slew of policy issues. Why didn't the House Foreign Affairs committee grill the Obama administration on cutting aid to the Green Movement, or its continued participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council, or its shocking muteness on human rights? Why did the House Judiciary Committee not hold hearings on the politicization of the Justice Department (on everything from reversing a decades-old position on the constitutionality of voting rights for D.C. to the second-guessing of career attorneys who declined to prosecute CIA operatives who used enhanced interrogation techniques, to the New Black Panther scandal, to the lack of enforcement of military voting rights)? Why didn't we see hearings on recidivism by released Guantanamo detainees? Well, because all of this would have proved embarrassing to the administration.

In failing to bird dog the administration or to seriously examine the administration's policy initiatives (e.g. Where were the shovel-ready jobs? What was the tax ramification for employers caused by the passage of ObamaCare?) Congress abdicated its constitutional obligations and deprived policy makers and voters of critical data to evaluate the success and failure of Obama's initiatives.

The House Republicans have plenty of legislative work ahead -- a vote to repeal ObamaCare, a budget to pass, and spending cuts to negotiate in conjunction with the increase in the debt limit. But their most significant contribution may be in ferreting out the ramifications of Obama's policy choices and assessing whether the administration has really fulfilled its commitments (Is the Justice Department less politicized or more?). If Republicans can avoid the temptation to delve into moot issues and focus on larger issues of governance they can improve their image and advance their agenda, which is based on the premise that liberal statism does more harm than good. Let's see if they can keep their eye on the ball.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 3, 2011; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  House GOP  
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I'm hoping that Issa shines a massive light onto Obamacare and exposes how dreadful the law is. In my opinion, there may be no more important thing to acheive in this country than to overturn that law.

Posted by: RitchieEmmons | January 3, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

You are such a partisan hack. Where were you during the 8 years of GW Bush? Were you calling for investigations of the politicization of the Justice Dept. then? Were you calling for action when Bush violated FISA daily and then lied about it? Were you worried about voters rights? And I love this new found interest in Iranian human rights- a convenient foil for your neocon desire to remake the map of the Middle East and push the idea of regime change even though US or Israeli promoted regime change or military action would be a disaster for the Green Movement.

Your interest in human rights is pretty selective and predictable. You cared sooooo much about Iraqi human rights in the run up to the Iraq War, too, didn't you? Now do you care about the tens of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians or the thousands of children being born with birth defects in Fallujah because of your armchair warrior's love of empire? Of course not, you've already moved on to the next war for Israel.

Posted by: Stacyx | January 3, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

what about the Burlington Coat Factory Masque near ground zero? Whatever happened with that?

Posted by: mddg7771 | January 3, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I hope nobody thinks Darrell Issa is clean. This is not a nice man, nor a particularly honest one. You can bet Demo operatives are exploring his background with a fine tooth comb. And there's already a running clock set up to calculate the cost to taxpayers of Issa's 'probes'...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 3, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The point is, a quick google search shows how Rubin only cares about little things like accountability so long as it's the Dems being held accountable, not the Republicans. This should not be a partisan issue but pundits like Rubin ensure it stays that way.

It takes zero courage or conviction to call out one's political foes but it takes a helluva lot of both to take on the YOUR OWN party or ideological compatriots. Rubin evidences neither courage nor conviction, just the usual Beltway hackery. This is why nothing ever changes.

Posted by: Stacyx | January 3, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"New Black Panther" scandal? Are you serious?

There is NO there there.

Do average Americans give a DAMN about the "new black panther"? Nope

What they care about is JOBS JOBS JOBS.

If Obama is focused on JOBS JOBS JOBS and the Republicans are focused on investigations about ACORN and the "new black panther", Americans are going to get TIRED of the Republicans pretty quickly and will have buyers' remorse.

I fully expect the Democrats to come roaring back not because of what they do in 2011 and 2012 but because Americans are going to turn against the GOP's stupid agenda of NOT focusing on the #1 issue which is JOBS.

Posted by: maritza1 | January 3, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

That's a lot of nerve, there, Madam authority. Your party should really look in the mirror more often than throw around misplaced blame for our nation's ills. As Stacey mentioned above, it was the previous 8 years of hell that we all suffered through, and now you have the nerve to criticize the President of the country as if he's not doing everything he can to save us from the dire straits we landed in after your guy's total incompetence was laid bare. In fact, most of the country doesn't agree with your assessment of the current state of the union, so don't write like you speak for me. You speak for the entitled, wealthy, business-owning class of Americans, who think they shouldn't pay any taxes, but are perfectly happy driving their SUVs on our roads, and who complain about the property taxes on their second home, when so many out there don't even own one. Heads in their a$$es so far, they think they represent the working man, everyman, even Joe the plumber. What a joke. It is a trick of historical proportions that you continue to propagate your lies when it's so obvious that your party could care less about real Americans. Stop playing on everyone's fear. You are so full of sh*t, I can smell it through the screen.

Posted by: dug2008 | January 3, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I happen to agree Ms Rubin. You haven't heard any hyperbole coming from Issa. That quiet should unsettle every Democrat in Washington. Tick tock the countdown to 2012 has begun starting today.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 3, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post makes me sick. Hypocrisy rules disguised as policy; partisan hacks will blow in whichever direction their party tells them to go in, regardless of logic, rationality or morals. Why the Post continues to give these people a forum (both sides) astounds me.

Posted by: Waffle365 | January 3, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"Why didn't the House Foreign Affairs committee grill the Obama administration on cutting aid to the Green Movement . . ."

Jennifer, I'm a pretty fair researcher, as you may have noticed. I looked high and low for anything that could relate to your quote, but came up empty.

Any chance you would explain what you mean?

Posted by: 54465446 | January 3, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The fact that Obama administration couldn't
identify the origin of the Financial crisis
is a very good subject....If you're in denial, you'll never solve a problem.
And, of course, the ObamaCare "catch-all" bill is a complete disaster. The fact that
Obama administration had this huge committee working on Obamacare and came up with this "catch-all" bill, and the fact that Pelosi herself said that "you have to pass the bill to find out what's in it"
should raise major red flags to most reasonable people....

Posted by: ohioan | January 3, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

We'll see how long Issa can hang on before some scandal from his past sinks. All it takes is one little prick to burst this blowhard's balloon. Issa. One little prick.

Posted by: mddg7771 | January 3, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Why does the post give space to people like Rubin? Seriously, why not just hire Judy Miller

Posted by: mddg7771 | January 3, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Where was the oversight when Bush/Cheyney lied their way into Iraq and gave contracts to the boys where trillions are unaccounted for fool.

Posted by: renegade2 | January 3, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The more the spotlight shines on Issa, the more unforgiving it will be for Republicans. You really want to stick someone as corrupt as Issa out there as the face of your party? The guy makes Boehner look like Abe Lincoln, for crying out loud.

Posted by: jeffwacker | January 3, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

GOT IT! lol

You went pretty obscure on us this time, but here it is:

"But this week, the U.S. pushed through new United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran, days before the first anniversary of the Iranian "Green Movement" uprising against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election on June 12.

In announcing the sanctions, President Barack Obama said the measures were as much designed to aid the country's political opposition as to end Tehran's nuclear program.

The Obama administration also says it is seeking to aid the Green Movement by facilitating its ability to communicate inside Iran and by punishing government entities responsible for the political crackdown.

As part of its revised strategy, however, the State Department is reversing course from the Bush administration and is no longer funding some aggressive institutions focused on crafting training programs for democracy activists or offering other services intended to aid Iran's opposition.

The U.S. has cut new funding for programs including a center established in New Haven, Conn., to catalog human-rights abuses in Iran; an Iranian journalist-training initiative and a social-networking program focused on promoting democracy and human rights inside Iran.

Because Iranians seem willing to take risks, we should be willing to provide them help when requested," says Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Washington's Freedom House. The State Department last year declined to provide $3 million in funding to keep open a Freedom House online magazine in Farsi that focused on democracy promotion.

U.S. officials say many of the programs had little impact inside Iran, a charge disputed by their administrators.

U.S. officials say they haven't pared back support for Iranian democracy, stressing that they have increased it in the communications area."

So what ACTUALLY happened was the Obama administration decreased money that was being spent in the US to give jobs to conservative think tank Americans (shades of the Iraqi National Council!)in order to spend it on things that would actually take place in Iran, or on technology that would help the Green Movement THERE, not here.

Jennifer, you've got to give me a little notice on these things because sometimes you're a little too "Rubinesque" even for me!

Posted by: 54465446 | January 3, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about the current educational system but I remember reading the Animal Farm by George Orwell and I'm beginning to believe that "Four legs are better than Two'. And then, of course, we have the Karl Rove playbook written by Sinclair Lewis called "It Can't Happen Here", and Mr. Orwells' "1984" completes the GOP,Right Wing, Lunatic Fringe philosophy. Education and Reading Comprehension along with an average IQ will eliminate many of our problems and "they" will only be able to "Fool some of the people, some of the time". The Democrats should have investigated Cheney & Friends long ago. Let's ask Issa what he thinks about their crimes?

Posted by: Taylorsucram | January 3, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I happen to agree Ms Rubin. You haven't heard any hyperbole coming from Issa. That quiet should unsettle every Democrat in Washington. Tick tock the countdown to 2012 has begun starting today.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 3, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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No hyperbole from Issa? What do you call labeling the Obama administration as the most corrupt in history without presenting a single shred of evidence. Issa is a partisan hack who will embarrass the GOP and the American people.

Posted by: maggots | January 3, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

'm hoping that Issa shines a massive light onto Obamacare and exposes how dreadful the law is. In my opinion, there may be no more important thing to acheive in this country than to overturn that law.

Posted by: RitchieEmmons | January 3, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

##########################################

It ain't being overturned, you can bet on that.

Posted by: maggots | January 3, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

It's great to watch the libs freak out at the prospect of genuine congressional oversight. The outrage above is all one needs to know about what we can expect when the new committees start turning over rocks. Lots of worms.

To the poster concerned about jobs. The reason the economy is performing so much worse than the "experts" predicted is at least partly the hamfisted regulations now streaming out of the executive branch. Slowing these statists down WILL help produce jobs.

Posted by: TYoke | January 3, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Top of the list should be the new House rules setting aside deficit impact of repeal of Obamacare. Nothing like raising the deficit and ignoring it.

As for the list presented it's an outright political agenda. Is there some quota for Human Rights speeches?

Yea lets have some hearings on Gitmo. It's a blatant embarrassment to the US. Somehow Gitmo and torture does tie into Human Rights but that doesn't stop the NeoCon charade which is totally hypocritical.

Posted by: chucko2 | January 3, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't find Issa's statement calling the Obama Administration "the most corrupt administration ever" without the benefit of an investigation to be representative of an incoming "disciplined and sober" congressional leader. Truthfully, such a statement, without merit, is reckless in the midst of a weak economy and its commisurate joblessness. It serves no benefit to the American people and promises to drive gridlock when action is what is needed most in Congress. He, in FACT, is exactly like the sensationalist Newt Gingrich.

I don't like politicians and dislike deluded opinion columnist even more who manipulate reality to fit their political perspective. You are part and parcel to what is the problem with this country and it's intellectual decline.

The Democrats need to fear Issa no more than Clinton needed to fear Newt. With Issa at the helm, it is assured that the salemn-like investigations will run amuck and the American people, as they should, will position he and those like him on the sidelines in the next election.

Disciplined and Sober he is not. That is your fantastic delusion posturing as fact.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 3, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Mass amnesia, mass denial disorder and mass delusion is running rampant amongst republicans and right wingers.

Is there a cure? Yes......2012

Posted by: mackiejw | January 3, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Is anybody else uncomfortable with having the richest man in the House being the face of GOP investigation? Maybe we need a good hard look at Issa's dealings and financial relationships before we accept him as an inquisitor. This may be a case of the fox guarding the henhouse.

Posted by: roboturkey | January 3, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, sanctions. BFD. The are basically useless and Iran has hardly changed course since their nuclear aspirations became widely understood.

it is enstein all over again: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

that said, I believe it is vital that the new Republican congress hold accountability hearings on virtually every aspect of the government. It doesn't have to be politically driven. We don't need "gotcha" we need spending cuts. Let's use the congressional oversight tool as a way to shed much needed light on the waste and ineffectiveness of our federal government.

Let us not forget that this expensive and dangersous monstrosity called the Federal Government has failed us repeatedly over the years. The liberals, of course, clearly recall the debacle that was FEMA's response to Katrina, but what they insist is that under proper liberal tutelage the entire situation would have been handled more effectively.

OK, so what went wrong with the SEC? Oh yeah, instead of trying to figure out what Madoff was doing the IG reports that the staff was watching porn on the internet.

What went wrong with the MMS? Oh yeah, instead of paying attention to the doings of BP the IG reports that they were watching porn on the internet.

And on, and on, and on. Signal failures that now go unremarked because liberals must support government since big government is their panacea will hate the kind of oversight that the Republicans should bring to bear on a huge, expensive and dysfunctional government.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | January 3, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

This is the biggest fishing expedition since Cpt.Ahab tried to find Moby Dick,Issa is another tool, by the way while he's investigating the Dem's who is watching the Republicans, and where can i as a taxpayer get a refund on this bullshit war the last administration came up with?

Posted by: dargregmag | January 3, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that Congress ought to have oversight hearings. Why not?

Issa is a real treat. He's already called Obama the most corrupt president ever on a national radio show. So let Issa do whatever and see if he has anything behind his blustering attacks.

And for those who like to call health care reform "Obamacare", republican presidents have been pushing fairly similar reforms for a long time - decades.

Posted by: aclearview | January 3, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Issa won't be following up on his claim that the Obama administration is the most corrupt administration ever, the Republican hand-wringing that took place over Sestak, or Issa's overblown claims that hundreds of millions were spent by the Obama administration to put up signs at construction sites funded under the Recovery Act.

This was just hype to whip up hyper-partisanship to get re-elected. No need to follow through on statements made to get re-elected. Voters have short memories. He just needs to snooker them again in two years.

Posted by: exco | January 3, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The only "meaningful oversight" is going to be on his ham sandwich from the cafeteria. It's time for the gop to wake up and smell the civilization they're killing with their small minded ways. And they actually admit to the agenda of do-nothing new and tear down what is already done. Way to go, guys. No, I don't want to be on your team, I would rather move forward than stagnate.

Posted by: peterpun | January 3, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | January 3, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

If you want to take away health care for all, please, Repugnants, vote out the socialized unlimited health you get for yourself at our expense.

Posted by: bs2004 | January 3, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Democrats, however, should be concerned about real oversight, the sort we've not seen in the last two years while the Democratic Congress displayed precious little interest in examining the executive branch's performance on a slew of policy issues.
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In the last two years?? Are you serious woman? I mean really....just ignore the complete lack of oversight during the 8 years of the Bush administration that got us to this point in the first place.

Republican hacks kill me....oh wait, I just think I saw Boner tearfully, dodging the media. lol

Where's Angle now? She needs to tell the Crybaby of the House to, "MAN UP"

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 3, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans should start slow with a couple of high probability investigations. Once they have a few scalps then the country will tolerate wide ranging investigations.

Posted by: Jakesterman | January 3, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Google: Issa car thief. Issa was running partners with Delay and Abermoff.

Posted by: dmscontractor | January 3, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

FRANKLY....AS A DEMOCRAT, THE HOUSE SPEAKS FOR THE PEOPLE...SO I WELCOME THE OVERSIGHT. THE PUBLIC INCLUDING MYSELF ARE FED UP WITH THE GOVT.

Posted by: AOXB62 | January 3, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Why does this Jennifer Rubin lady get a slot at WaPo? She's useless.

Posted by: phoneranger | January 3, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Finally! An article in WaPO that is shining a light on the Odumba disfunction. Now lets see if the new House will do anything about it.

Posted by: NO-bama | January 3, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Between the Republicons in the congress & the Wild Alaskan Dingbat, Obummer & the Demoncrats will be back in 2012.
Not that it really matters. Both sides work for the military/industrial complex anyway.
In America we live with the illusion of freedom & democracy.

Posted by: GEarlMoore | January 3, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I assured you all the republican's attempt to demonize Obama is not going to work. it's going to blow-up in their face and the public will finally see the hypocrisy of the republicans. They took us to war so that the rich Texas oil people could get more oil and get richer with the sacrifice of our young men and women. They are willing to defund health care so that the poor who can not afford health care should die, by the way that's a Christian principle, says the republican Bible..children of illegal immigrants though, not their fault or chosen to be in this country should be starve to death..says the republican Bible..Jeniffa Rubin and her republican so called Christians need repentance and sick the God of the real Bible that says love your neighbor as yourself.

Posted by: enuwa33 | January 3, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

This is how Republicans operate: when they control 1 or 2 of the Congresses but not the White House -- their agenda is to bring down the Democratic President and to say "no" to everything. When they are in power, the agenda is to increase the wealth of the wealthy, put profits above American's financial security and then run the country into the ground so the Rapture will be ready for us.

Posted by: Rounds77 | January 3, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Notice how liberals always bring up Bush
whenever they can't defend themselves?
If there's nothing corrupt going on, then
Democrats have nothing to worry about.
But I think most Americans think there's something Corrupt about an administration that RAMS Obamacare down our throats, and ignores most Americans, along with Most of Congress who didn't want it passed either.
If you have to lie, bribe, twist arms to get your bill passed, that's a sign "something's not right".........

Posted by: ohioan | January 3, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Darrell Issa is as crooked as 10 miles of mountain road.
BTW, why did the Israelis try to assassinate Issa? Was it just because he's Lebanese?

Posted by: GEarlMoore | January 3, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Who's this dunce? Is this the Wall Street Journal?

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | January 3, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

In the best case scenario, the Issa clown show could turn out to be a great boost for the Obama administration, unless the House leadership wises up and shuts this circus down before it does them too much damage (remember what happened to Clinton's ratings?).

Posted by: kg1957 | January 3, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Republicans doing ANYTHING for the good of the nation will only happen during the reign of Queen Dick.

Posted by: Mighty7 | January 3, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Did the author graduate from the Palin school of journalism? Such an amateur display of partisan hackery is too blatant to lead to a career at Fox News.

ObamaCare? 1) that term immediately reveals you as a partisan hack and loses half your audience. 2) Healthcare Reform is almost a mirror copy of Bob Dole's 1994-1996 proposal and Mitt Romney's Massachussets reforms. Extreme? I don't think so.

And "New Black Panthers"? Bwahahaha! Now that's hilarious. Do continue making a fool of yourself!

Those improving economic numbers must be scaring the GOP. Just in time for 2012.

Posted by: kevink808 | January 3, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

it's a sideshow. enjoy.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 3, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosky was FOOL?
Democrats and their speaker have been proved fool when they had full majority in congress, they failed to set-up large scale inquiry of several Republicans scandals including Iraq war, Bush-Cheney's war crimes, Abu Gharieb-Guattamela prison shames and crimes against humanity.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | January 3, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Two words for those conservatives - executive privilege.

It was good for Karl Rove and it will be good for the President's men.

Then we'll hear the right start squealing.

Posted by: Keesvan | January 3, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Let’s be clear--- It is not ObamaCare. It is the Health Care bill that the last congress passed to improve access to health care for American people and president Obama signed into a law. ObamaCare is just a slogan. No one calls the Medicare as JohnsonCare (after President Lyndon Jonson) or the Medicare Part D as BushCare because George Bush signed the bill into the law. It is sad that some journalists have bought the right-wing slogan and brought into the main stream media.

Posted by: achalgarg | January 3, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Blah blah blah... Rubin you are nothing but another useless partisan hack. You have conveniently forgotten the billions wasted in the Iraq and Afghan wars thanks to the intense fraud and criminal activity your right wing friends allowed to percolate throughout the Bush presidency... And I love how right wing extremists suggest we cannot mention the Bush years as though tit is all a new ballgame now. How typical... How pathetic...

Posted by: clintatl | January 3, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

ohioan: yeah, Tom Delay is NOt going to prison for corruption. The FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE and a GOP hero. Of course not. And Jennifer Aniston and I are getting married in Bermuda next week, Sarah Palin is posing for Playboy and China's national dish is the taco.

Posted by: Mighty7 | January 3, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Where was Issa when Bush was President? While oversight may have been a little on the lax sidce over the last 2 years, perhaps its because this congress was busy doing its job passing legislation and looking at what caused the economic collapse in 2008.

Posted by: jimbom | January 3, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know the percentage of uninsured or underinsured people that are against the health care bill. I wonder if it is mostly people with health care insurance that are complaining. If that is so... try not having insurance, through no-fault of your own, with MAJOR health issues.

Posted by: lynnbartlett1 | January 3, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Issa need be very careful the can of worms he is about to open. Holder has been restrained by the throat to prevent his putting the past republican administrations on the gallows for capitol crimes including murders as well as proveable counts of treason. Lest you think I jest, just proceed, and watch as the lies and deeds of the right become far more disastrous than anything Wikileaks coud ever dream up. This is not a threat, it's a promise and the evidence is damning and irrefuteable nor is it written on the palm of my hand. The Bush clan will be buried by the absolute proof of the election fraud of 2000 as the evidence was never destroyed as Jeb had ordered and several altered machines were recovered from the Lee county land fill showing exactly hw the "hanging chads" were produced. It's easy to buy a Bin Laden but harder to keep him quiet as time passes! Move forward Darrell and watch the slow death of our party as the leaders are hanged for offenses that still require said punishment by law. The real question is , must we completely destroy the party to rid ourselves of the cancer within? Are we Americans first or republicans? One by one the radicals among us have driven the "real" Americans from our midst and we are now left with the Palins and O'Donnells of the world to sort out with the corruption of our past!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | January 3, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's add the fact that due to the budget discussions funding for the Aries rocket, which the government no longer wants, still has a 1/2 billion dollar fee that has to be paid to contractors. This for a rocket we are not going to use. How does this happen? We can continue as we have been in this country, or we can get over going over old recriminations about Rove and Bush until we are a completely broken nation. If many in this country don't know that we are in serious trouble, then get ready. The liberals in power are going to be too busy saving themselves once the economy collapses to pay any attention to your pathetic calls for Bush investigations or trials!

Posted by: saelij | January 3, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Back in the Bush administration we were told not to investigate policy decisions as criminal matters as it relates to torture. Now we have this dimwit Rubin saying we should investigate THIS adminstration because their policies on human rights and voting rights for D.C. don't meet her approval?

Breathtaking hypocrisy - not to mention stupidity.

Posted by: st50taw | January 3, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Why did the House Judiciary Committee not hold hearings on the politicization of the Justice Department ..."

You mean, like, Darth Cheney firing/replacing any US attorney who refused to file trumped-up (or simply fals, based-on-rumor) charges against democratic candidates a couple months before the 2006 mid-terms?

Yeah... we kinda WOULD like to see a thorough investigation of that.

Posted by: Darr247 | January 3, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

There is sure to be corruption of some sort or another. These are politicians. I couldn't care less what side of the aisle you look at.

however...

The "goal" is what concerns me.

When the IRS audits you, they don't look at today.... or even last year. They look at patterns over the course of several years. You want to find "real" corruption? Find me someone who can look at a specific department or a specific policy structure and say, "I have some evidence that there is corruption 'here', 'here' and 'here', and I'm going to open a full investigation going back 5 years".

That's an investigation. Saying Obama's the most corrupt administration ever. Is pretty pathetic. Seriously.

People aren't stupid. Seriously. The only people who think this guy is anything but a right-wing politician, are the right wingers who really don't seem to care whether it is true or not.

There is going to be something. Send the IRS after me and you're going to find something. Then this politician will wave whatever he finds around on a flag pole and try to use it to trip up anyone with a D after their name. Seriously.

This has absolutely nothing. Nothing. To do with corruption. 100% pure politics.

Democrats may get defensive, Republicans may get all worked up about their new-found ethics, but the American People aren't so stupid that they can't see a game when it is thrust upon them so obviously.

Posted by: coldfish | January 3, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

This isn't too hard to understand: Rubin is a fodder-maker. The hope is that her less imaginative media colleagues will pick up the meaningless b.s. she has here and write their own column. It only takes a little bit for it to go national/viral and create the media storm that the country does not crave. Why the Post doesn't identify this writer as a hack for the GOP is not as clear.

Posted by: alexberkman1 | January 3, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Oversight? I sure hope that Congress exercises its oversight responsibility over the Executive branch because it hasn't been. Congress is the policy-making branch because laws are the government's policy. However, the two-party system has resulted in a Congress which doesn't even know what is in the bills that they vote in favor of, and a Presidency which ignores laws and makes its own policy. So, are legislators going to represent We The People or just be party-hacks-as-usual?

Posted by: allamer1 | January 3, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

This is way too funny!! Do you really think, Ms Rubin, that the public is so stupid we can't see through your propaganda? I think you're going to be very surprised in the next few months.

Posted by: Hope1844 | January 3, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The public is ready to act and has had enought of the Obama thug-life. Let Issa shine the light under the rocks. This is not 1994 and the public is much more aware of Democratic corruption and in no mood for any more of Obama and his cronies which have sought to pillage and damage the country as much as possible over the last 2 years.

Posted by: DaMan2 | January 3, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are acting responsibly because they know that the Tea Party will be looking for scalps if they don't. The days of looking the other way on the Establisment Republicans love of Big Government is over.

We will not be distracted by the usual cultural warfare BS peddled by Hannity et al regarding non-issues like flag burning and school prayer.

Posted by: TheMSMControlsUs | January 3, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

This looks like a stack or right wing talking points. We'll be seeing these same tired talking points for the next two years.

Posted by: enazster666 | January 3, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer is a Partisan hack. Issa is an extreme right-wing ideologue. Republicans have demonstrated that they are incapable of governing. They are the anti-government party and have an interest in government failing in order to "prove" that (as Ronnie Raygun said) "Government is the problem".

I wouldn't be surprised to have 2 years of fruitless and expensive Whitewater-like witchhunts distracting Obama from fixing the mess that Republicans made of things the last time they had control of The House.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 3, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

To the poster concerned about jobs. The reason the economy is performing so much worse than the "experts" predicted is at least partly the hamfisted regulations now streaming out of the executive branch. Slowing these statists down WILL help produce jobs.
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What regulations are these???? Enumerate them please, if you can. There's a payroll tax holiday extended through 2011.

As for other regulation, tell me how deregulation of the financial services industry has helped us. Tell me how loosening controls by EPA will keep my drinking water safe and my air breathable.

We all know that given an inch, big business will take a mile in order to turn a profit. If everyone operated under the Golden Rule, then we wouldn't be in the shape we're in.

This Issa isn't squeaky clean, either. So, putting him in charge of investigations is like putting Bernie Madoff in charge of financial regulation.

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | January 3, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Way too early to think GOP leadership(what leadership ?!) is being "intelligent". Give it a few days and we're sure to hear from Palin and Rush and like minded fools...

Posted by: googolplex | January 3, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer, you are a breath of fresh air. It has taken the WaPo years even to notice there is another side to issues, let alone hire a competent person to represent that side.

The fact that Republicans are not launching moot investigations but are, rather, picking targets that actually matter to the country is a good thing, regardless the political stripe one might have. Republicans will not always control the House, and Democrats will not always control the Senate. To continually expect sorry governance based on perceptions about past failures is to hamstring improvement.

Posted by: FlyDiesel | January 3, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

When was the WP bought by Rupert Murdoch? If you want to spew right wing nonsense there must be an opening paying better than this job. This must be quite embarrassing to some of the WP folks who thought they worked in a respectable news organization.

Posted by: rramos01 | January 3, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Very insightful Ms. Rubin. If the Republicans once again give in to the revenge motive and do a Ken Starr vs. President Clinton over a domestic matter, voters will desert in droves. I had honestly forgotten the fertile ground for investigation into the possible misuse of government power for political ends. The Justice Department alone could keep investigatory committees busy for years having them justify their mystifying choices for targets of their ultimate power. The reasons seem obvious, but when a cabinet member behaves in what appears to be a manner contrary to his oath of office, you had better be sure before you level accusations.

I'm not sure the Republicans have enough discipline to pull off looking into real malfeasance rather than whether a guy who has served the country since 1971 got a deal on an apartment in Harlem. Our country will be well served if they can "keep it in their pants" and stay away from the microphones until they have real facts.

And, of course, focus on helping businesses hire and innovate -- an activity discouraged during the 111'th Congress.

Posted by: tommariner | January 3, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Here's how I see this;
Republicans don't have any dirt on Democrats so they are trying to dig some for future blackmailing......uhghm, I mean negotiating with president. Otherwise, you fools that keep voting for Republicans won't now for it. So far, it looks like Democrats do have some dirt on Republicans and their complete party, so bad that some of them would end up in prison immediately, in fact I am sure for it after 8 years of Bush & Cheney Inc., but you fools that keep voting for Democrats won't know about it either. They just use their dity laundry to blackmail each other's party and the looser would be the party that has the dirtiest laundry; not more dirty laundry, but the dirtiest.
That is exactly what Republicans are trying to do right now.
KEEP VOTING YOU DUCKLINGS!!!

Posted by: BOBSTERII | January 3, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Boy, it is really something to see the Libs freak out – nay, go berserk – about the prospect of Congressional oversight hearing.

It we had had sufficiently conscientious oversight hearing into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ten years ago, we would not be in the housing and financial mess that we are now in. Barney Frank worked and lied overtime to ensure that that much needed oversight did not occur. The Libs’ caterwauling and threatening character assassination is all we need to know that we are on the right scent.

Posted by: nvjma | January 3, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Wait for it...this is only the tip of the iceberg. Issa does not seem to have the kind of personality that would make a 'measured' investigation likely. Not only that, but the right wing rubes out in the countryside will quickly tire of this foolishness unless some way is found to 'sex it up'. I predict that at some point, we'll be hearing allegations about Obama's 'ghetto love child' and the WH coverup of said 'scandal'. Coming to a supermarket checkout counter near you soon!

Posted by: kg1957 | January 3, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Skipsailing: "Let us not forget that this expensive and dangersous monstrosity called the Federal Government has failed us repeatedly over the years. The liberals, of course, clearly recall the debacle that was FEMA's response to Katrina, but what they insist is that under proper liberal tutelage the entire situation would have been handled more effectively."

Hmmmm. You rightwingnuts sure have short memories. We do have actual evidence that government CAN and DOES work well for us when it's appropriately funded and wisely staffed. Remember George I? Remember a hurricane in FL and how his FEMA botched the recovery there? It was one reason Bill Clinton got FL votes! Then there were disasters in the Clinton years, and HIS FEMA was run by a smart and dedicated man and the response was always fast and effective. Now George II had his Katrina and we all know that story.
So, what's the difference? Democrats believe government can and should WORK, and they know how to do that. Republicans keep insisting that government is always bad and ineffective, and they govern in a way that proves this stupid argument and then we get ... wait for it ... bad and ineffective government. Then nuts like you hold up these failures as examples of how the world IS, instead of how the right distorts it. Your circular logic is making me nauseous.

Posted by: Bajagirl | January 3, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Issa had better watch his back. There is nothing to stop his history from coming to light. And, Rubin, goodness, what a hack.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 3, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Such trivial Obama issues are represented in her article that people are having a hard time knowing what they are.

I had no idea of Green Movement money or Black Panther or human right issues, so I scanned some posts for a clue - one guy linked the green issue to Iran, on google I found something about Copenhagen accords.
Human rights?? Zimbabwe? Irory Coast? China? Haiti? - then some post says its Iran - oh, for Israels sake?

Still clueless as to the "immense" issues Issa would be delving into costing millions of dollars.

Please, with such triffles, you have to spell it out.

Now with Bush we still have serious meat on the bone.

Obama's crime is that he has not dug this nation out the Bush mess: An Afgan mess where he did not finish the job - cooked up wars in Iraq - millions murdered, his Christian bretheren blown to pieces for the first time in 2,000 years and the ultimate crime: turning the country Shia and giving it to Shia Iran.

Secret evesdropping on American citizens. Gitmo and CIA transported torture camps in foreign countries and a massive gutting of the American economy resulting in a depression that has lost trillions and that we may never recover from.

So instead of green black panthers or whatever, why don't we do some serious investigating and put some real "country destroying flag pin wearing" criminals behind bars?

Posted by: Mnnngj | January 3, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's approval is back at 50% per Gallup. America is already having voter remorse from the Nov. election. All the GOP is interested in is killing the middle class. No plans for bettering life for Middle Class Americans, just sweetening the pot for their rich cronies. Google Issa, he's a crook and a flim-flamman.

Posted by: clintt5 | January 3, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

bajagirl said:
"Hmmmm. You rightwingnuts sure have short memories"

Oil spill. Sorry response. Lies about the impact to this day. Did you forget? Just happened last year, you know.

The myth that the Katrina impact was the sole fault of Bush persists among the uneducated and slothful. The truth is much more complex, and is best illustrated by the fact that the oil industry located many of their facilities in Texas in the 50s and 60s because of the extreme corruption in Louisiana even then. The buses that were abandoned to the storm by the mayor? The incompetence of the governor? The years of neglect of New Orleans infrastructure and the Delta? The utter failure of Louisiana to effectively rebuild, as Mississippi did? How were any of these Bush's responsibility?

Posted by: FlyDiesel | January 3, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I would cheer as it might give us a chance at meaningful reform but since Obama Care was Christmas present to the insurance industry, NO Republican is going to actually work on getting it repealled any more than they would actually work on anti-abortion legislation once they have the votes, are you nuts? It's all about the vapors, the wedge issues, they will pass those tax cuts for the super rich, you betcha, and cut social security, and blame that on Obama, but they don't give a rat's behind about making sure insurance execs don't keep skimming.

Posted by: zorro2 | January 3, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Rubin is a self-confessed neo-con nutcase (read her bio!) so anything she writes should be taken with many grains of salt.

Posted by: HughBriss | January 3, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

yo, bajagirl, You completely ignored the two most recent signal failures of teh gummint: BP oil spill and Bernie Madoff.

Not to mention the fact that the gummint basically instigated the finance/housing crisis that has screwed Americans by the millions.

So do carry on with your foolish notion that somehow the government, controlled by Democrats, will be responsive to the people.

Meanwhile us adults will work hard to kill the beast with whom you've fallen in love.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | January 3, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Rubin, another shining example of how anybody who thinks the media is liberal is brainwashed. Modern day journalism is totally ruled by corporate greed (the right wing).

Posted by: timebanded | January 3, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The callow kid from Chicago's urban-think training community, had only to smile, hit his mark, find the prompter and read.

Cripe I can own the crowd in minutes myself, so I know how the showbiz good-looking, smilin' smooth talkin thing works.

Now Obama is in so far over his head, it's going take everything hollywood and the uber-rich democrat hegemony can muster to keep him in power past 2012.

The tea party movement will not tolerate typical republican retributions in this congress - neither will we be fooled by devious democrats who would try to use our determinations against us.

Better for the mainstream democrats to join us in the middle and we'll get rid of every grudge-holding piece-of-cr@p career politician in congress - no matter what party they caucus with.

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 3, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

This article as well as the GOP plan to hold "meaningful oversight hearings" is a joke. No matter what the GOP does, health care will not be reformed. Even they know it, so any hearings, or legislation to overturn it is simply a waste of time and money. Is that what the GOP said they were going to do? Cut wasteful spending. They werent sent to Washington to have hearing, they were sent there because they convinced the American public, the few that voted in November, want them to fix the economy not to have pomp and circumstance hearings devoid of any real substance.

This will backfire immensely on the GOP. They are still polling worse than the Dems and when more of the country comes out to vote in presidential year elections, which is the norm, there is a good chance that they will find themselves in the minority again. They took the house with the energy of the tea party. Once the novelty of the tea party wares off, and it has begun already, Americans are going to look for results not rhetoric and we all know the GOP is famous for producing the former not the latter.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | January 3, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

By "real" oversight republicons mean "witch hunt."

Just like the "real" oversight of the Clinton Administration that yielded nothing but a messy dress in 8 years.

Or the lack of oversight of fictional WMD, or failed everything.....

Posted by: John1263 | January 3, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You morons talking "deficit impact" of the insurance reform might look into the FACT that CBO apready crunched those numbers. Asking them to cruch the same numbers will not change the outcome - which is a simple fact that projections are that the law you call "Obama care" will SAVE 1 tirllion over 10 years.

Go to the CBO website. It's all there for your perusal - if you can read the big words.

Posted by: John1263 | January 3, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

the three time car thief will waste our money on nothing, but faux news will make a huge deal out of it.

Posted by: calif-joe | January 3, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Not much common sense emanating from the urban uber-mouths here.

Partisan raconteurs infest cogent and sincere discussion like the fleas they mimic: bite, suck the blood, take a dump, then jump on the next sucker host.

Kind of like the politicians they would have us all continue to vote for. Not a lick of common sense in any of 'em.

Common sense is the principled application of logic and love
-- my ina

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 3, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Could care less" does NOT mean the same thing as "couldn't care less." If you are going to use jargon, then at least use it accurately.

Posted by: 85edwardearthlinknet | January 3, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Suppose the GOP succeeds in repealing the health care law. What's next? Single payer health care or throwing sick people back under the bus? Universal health care, or a return to the private sector death panels? Can anyone explain how the choice isn't that stark?

The health care bill is an attempt to reconcile private sector participation in health care with the natural conflict between compassion and the profit motive. What does the GOP offer in its place?

Posted by: bugbuster1 | January 3, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Issa is nothing but a partisan hack, who will stir up trouble for the GOP. The public will see it for what it is, partisan posturing.

And if the neanderthals would look to see what is in the health care law, they'd probably find a lot of good, such as people with pre-existing conditions being able to get coverage. I'm an insurance agent, and can't get coverage due to them at any rate. But in my teens, I lived in Ireland and Canada, and was covered under their plans. Very good treatment, and none of the horror stories I hear from people who have never been out of the states.

Republicants are always experts on things they don't know. All they have to do is watch Fox news to tell them what they think.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | January 3, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise to see the left wingers dominate the comments considering it's WaPo. One commenter wants the name of one regulation that will kill jobs. The entire Obama administration is a job killer but the ban on offshore drilling was one. Thousands are out of work in the Gulf states due to that one. Then we have the EPA planning to impose job killing cap and trade by presidential fiat when Congress turned it down. The latest outrage by the red guards appointed by Obama is the EPA's canceling of Texas' ability to approve new oil drilling and refineries. That will put more thousands out of work. Fortunately, the 9th circuit (The 9th circuit !!!) has suspended the ruling for judicial review. The original Clean Air Act gives no such authority.

Bugbuster, for one, wants to know an alternative to Obamacare. OK, We go back to the original concept of insurance. If people want full time care, they can join HMOs. For the rest, we would be happy to pay for routine care ourselves and save insurance for unanticipated events. That we could afford. Obamacare will bankrupt the nation if Medicare and Social Security don't do it first.

Posted by: mtkennedy | January 3, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Oil spill. Sorry response. Lies about the impact to this day. Did you forget? Just happened last year, you know."

yeah Darth Cheney's Halliburton caused the disaster through their inaction. or worse it was an intentional act.

"How were any of these Bush's responsibility?"

Why did NOBODY drop food and water by helicopter for 5 days onto the scared starving and stranded storm victims at the N.O. football stadium? boohoo all the NG chopper pilots where fighting 2 illegal wars overseas that's why. get real. repuglican'ts, like Bush/Chainy, could care less about the down and out among us.

Posted by: mjimih | January 3, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

That the CBO accepts budget gimmicks to project a positive impact of Health Care reform does not make it so. For example, cutting Medicare reimbursements is assumed to cut costs- this will not occur. Rather, costs will shift as insurers and providers flee Medicare in droves.

Posted by: FlyDiesel | January 3, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Best defense is an aggressive offense.... you repugs do know that
Issa is the "wealthiest" congressman in congress right? Any idea
how he made his Trillion? Anyway, we all know how this works and
also how the cookie crumbles.

Posted by: WmLaney | January 3, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that Issa shines a massive light onto Obamacare and exposes how dreadful the law is. In my opinion, there may be no more important thing to acheive in this country than to overturn that law.

Posted by: RitchieEmmons
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Issa and you have no light to shine.

You do not even know what is in the Healthcare Program.

I have and I like it..
AND
YUP it will need the Public Option in the Future.

BUT feel free to stay away from your Doctor when you get ill.

I do not want you to die from being a hypocrite.

Posted by: pdq31 | January 3, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Bring it, Issa. You will regret it big time, Mr. $250 million dollar moron. When will we start the war crimes prosecutions of Cheney, Bush, Gonzales and the rest???Don't forget, my conservative amigos: They tortured the innocent. They need to go to prison. I guess it's time to turn up the heat and launch some investigations into who they had murdered, when and why.

Actually, this Issa clown will end up as used and beaten as Gingrich, Starr and that generation of Republican wingnuts.

But I still want to know why Issa called 9/ll "just a fire" and said it was just a "plane" hitting a building. Then two weeks ago he voted against the Zadroga Act for health care for 9/11 first responders.

Why would he brush off 9/11 and then vote against sick police officers and firefighters who went to the scene???

I mean, I don't pretend to understand the Republican mindset--thank God--but this seems like a very weird thing to say.

9/11 was JUST a fire, Issa??? Ooooh, this is gonna be fun going after a scumbag like him.

Posted by: kennedy6500 | January 3, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Best defense is an aggressive offense.... you repugs do know that
Issa is the "wealthiest" congressman in congress right? Any idea
how he made his Trillion? Anyway, we all know how this works and
also how the cookie crumbles."

Posted by: WmLane

There are no 'trillionaires' in the world today, and no billionaires in congress. Also, 7 of the top ten are Democrats, including the very wealthiest, John Kerry.

1. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.): $188.6 million

2. Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.): $160.1 million

3. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.): $152.3 million

4. Sen. Jay Rockefeller ( D-W.Va.): $83.7 million

5. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas): $73.8 million

6. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); $70.2 million

7. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.): $56.5 million

8. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.): $53.5 million

9. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.): $49.7 million

10. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.): $46.1 million

Posted by: FlyDiesel | January 3, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

By Jennifer Rubin

Democrats had predicted -- hoped, really -- that Republicans would fire up a host of nonsensical investigations of the Obama administration............
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Know that for a fact do you Jennifer? I bet this crowd of smarmy, miscreant, scum will go running like roaches exposed to a flood light at night when the subpoenas start flying.

Dimocrats, who never fail to investigate jaywalking if a conservatives involved, somehow overlooked the largest financial collapse in world history. Hmmmm. Target number one in my book for the Republicans should be the relationship between Dodd, Oboozo, Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae and Countryside Mortgage.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | January 3, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"I guess it's time to turn up the heat and launch some investigations into who they had murdered, when and why."
Posted by: kennedy6500

I presume you are aware that the Obama administration has stepped up the Predator assassination program whereby suspected terrorists are blown to bits along with whoever might be with them, including family and friends? As well as authorizing the murder of at least one American citizen? Are you calling for the trial of Obama officials, then?

Posted by: FlyDiesel | January 3, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

When will Jennie Rubin get fired by the WAPO and take a job with FOX NEWS? Or Vista Issa? Soon, I bet.

Posted by: edfunk1 | January 3, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Samson151 wrote above: I hope nobody thinks Darrell Issa is clean. This is not a nice man, nor a particularly honest one. You can bet Demo operatives are exploring his background with a fine tooth comb. And there's already a running clock set up to calculate the cost to taxpayers of Issa's 'probes'...

A play right out of the Clinton playbook. When you're in serious trouble, go after the messenger (see Lewinsky, Monica and the Ragin' Cajun's trailer park trash victim). I hope Issa's committee uncovers much of the misfeasance and malfeasance of this most amateurish administration, an administration that makes us long for the days of Jimmy Carter. Not. Waxman never uncovered much on Bush, hopefully Issa will do a better job on this administration.

Posted by: stvcar | January 3, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The hilarity continues. The loco left pretends like Bush was given a pass on the politicization of Justice...as if hounding Gonzoles out of office was the kid glove treatment? And all because Bush fired eight prosecutors who were political appointees? Holder's DoJ overruled the career attorney lawyers’ research on the issue of voting rights for the District of Columbia. Holder's political appointees overturned the work of career attorneys attempting to prevent voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party. Holder's DoJ chose to use its time to investigate acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marr Jr. for his comments regarding corruption in New Jersey, a heavily Democratic state whose Democratic governor, Jon Corzine, faced political problems.

I could go on but what's the point? The lunatic is completely incapapble of discerning their own pathological medacity.

Posted by: pburich | January 3, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Guess you didn't read Issa's comments in the Post today. Sort of makes you look foolish by saying he said he wouldn't go after Obama just because he was Obama, now doesn't it? Can't believe you believed him to begin with.

Posted by: jrussell1 | January 3, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If it's anything like the oversight the GOP gave Clinton, prepare yourselves for two years of conspiracy theories, chest thumping, and hypocrisy ... followed by Obama's re-election in 2012. The GOP has yet to show me that is has returned to serious political discourse yet.

Posted by: jamalmstrom | January 3, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It's so easy for Republican's like Jennifer Rubin to turn a blind eye against the crimes committed by those of her Republican Party like those of Issa's car thefts, Bush & Cheney War crimes, and then turn around and create Straw Men against their Democratic opponents to go chasing about, as if to make their Conservative political stances legitimate.

Jennifer Rubin is about as bad as Issa when it comes to being a low-life Republican "hypocritical" Hack.

You have got to do better than this Rubin. That is... if you plan on making this WAPO stint a career. Because right now, you stink at it.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 3, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: calif-joe | January 3, 2011 2:53 PM
"the three time car thief will waste our money on nothing, but faux news will make a huge deal out of it."

It will be interesting to see how long house republican leaders can stall before they have to appear on the Sunday morning talk shows ... I don't mean faux news.

Issa is power hungry narcissist, he personally bankrolled the recall of California Governor Grey Davis fully expecting to be elected governor. He failed and ended publicly crying over his failure. Issa was up against the California republican machine run by former Governor Pete Wilson who was calling the shots for Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina.

So it would be easy for the republican machine to dump Issa again if he pulls a Dan Burton.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 3, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Why didn't the House Foreign Affairs committee grill the Obama administration on cutting aid to the Green Movement,"

Thanks 54465446 | January 3, 2011 12:05 PM for figuring that out.

Can you imagine republican outrage if foreign countries were funding U.S. politics.

OH Wait! thanks to Roberts and the rest of conservatives on SCOTUS foreign corporations, often owned by foreign countries (CHINA) are funding republican candidates.

Now there is something for Issa to investigate.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 3, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

How about explaining this Jeniffer:

A retired Army sergeant claimed that Issa stole a Dodge sedan from an Army post near Pittsburgh in 1971. The sergeant said he recovered the car after confronting and threatening him.

Issa denied the allegation and no charges were filed.

In 1972, Issa and his brother allegedly stole a red Maserati sports car from a car dealership in Cleveland.

He and his brother were indicted for car theft, but the case was dropped.

That same year, Issa was convicted in Michigan for possession of an unregistered gun. He received three months probation and paid a $204 fine.

[...] On December 28, 1979, Issa and his brother allegedly faked the theft of Issa's Mercedes Benz sedan.

Issa and his brother were charged for grand theft auto, but the case was dropped by prosecutors for lack of evidence.

Later, Issa and his brother were charged for misdemeanors, but that case was not pursued by prosecutors.

Issa accused his brother of stealing the car, and said that the experience with his brother was the reason he went into the car alarm business.

A day after a court order was issued, giving Issa control of automotive alarm company A.C. Custom over an unpaid $60,000 debt, Issa allegedly carried a cardboard box containing a handgun into the office of A.C. Custom executive, Jack Frantz, and told Frantz he was fired.

In a 1998 newspaper article, Frantz said Issa had invited him to hold the gun and claimed extensive knowledge of guns and explosives from his Army service.

In response, Issa said, "Shots were never fired. ... I don't recall having a gun. I really don't. I don't think I ever pulled a gun on anyone in my life."

Posted by: clintatl | January 3, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Where were you and Issa during the 8 years of the Bush Administration?

Posted by: denise4925 | January 3, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

mddg7771 posts January 3, 2011 10:59 AM

"what about the Burlington Coat Factory Masque near ground zero? Whatever happened with that?"

Your operative word ... "near" not at ground Zero.

No story here, elections over ... move along ... wait for the millionaires on talk radio and cable TV to tell you what to whine about.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 3, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Finally! An article in WaPO that is shining a light on the Odumba disfunction. Now lets see if the new House will do anything about it.

Posted by: NO-bama | January 3, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse
__________________________________________________________________________________________

People in glass houses should not throw stones. If you're dumb, you shouldn't call anyone else dumb. Especially when they are Harvard educated, President of the US and leader of the free world and you're not.

You're so dumb, you even disregard the spelling prompt telling you that you misspelled a word.

It's spelled... D-Y-S-F-U-N-C-T-I-O-N

Posted by: denise4925 | January 3, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

If the comments on this article are at all representative, it seems that most WaPost readers are both of the following: i) leftwing Democrats and ii) hyperventilating whack-jobs.

Posted by: wumhenry | January 3, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Former Bush administration officials, such as this John P. Wheeler, are beginning to show up in landfills. Is there any chance that Issa will bother checking into that? Only investigates Democrats I suppose.

Posted by: Provincial | January 3, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Flydiesel:

You are too kind. You might have gone ahead to point out that Daryl Issa actually made his money, producing products that Americas wanted to buy and creating jobs that Americans wished to hold. And you might have asked the many "bright bulbs" that have been moved to comment here if they recall what Kerry, Harmon, Feinstein and Pelosi (who's just off the end of your list) did to acquire theirs.

Posted by: meta-materialist | January 3, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

There are two kinds of people. Those of us who care about 9.8 percent unemployment, and pundits. Pundits care about this Issa stuff. Everyone else will see it for what it is: A waste of time.

Posted by: mypitts2 | January 3, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

All Americans, not just Democrats, should be concerned about the prospect of phony oversight.

Posted by: SanchosR | January 3, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Why did the justice Department and Finance committee hold 0 hearings on the Wall Street fraud? Why o experts were called to substantiate the criminal behavior? Why was no one prosecuted?

Why were there no hearings held on health care reform? Why weren't citizens groups involved?

Then again, it would take the entire page allotment of the NYT to ask why for the nonsense of the Bush Administration. But we can ask; Why wasn't anyone in the Bush Administration brought to trial or at least hearing held on their corrupt government.

I guess this is what Obama calls bi partisan or compromising. Good Grief. What a smarmy bunch - all of hem.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | January 3, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Why did the justice Department and Finance committee hold 0 hearings on the Wall Street fraud? Why o experts were called to substantiate the criminal behavior? Why was no one prosecuted?

Why were there no hearings held on health care reform? Why weren't citizens groups involved?

Then again, it would take the entire page allotment of the NYT to ask why for the nonsense of the Bush Administration. But we can ask; Why wasn't anyone in the Bush Administration brought to trial or at least hearing held on their corrupt government.

I guess this is what Obama calls bi partisan or compromising. Good Grief. What a smarmy bunch - all of hem.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | January 3, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

And will the ever vigilant Rep Issa shine the light of his investigative committee into the death (obviously murder) of John Wheeler III. Will he convene a Vince Foster - like investigative committee to determine which of the three Republican Administrations he worked with might have any information on how he got whacked? Somehow, I doubt it. I doubt Issa will shine any kind of light on any of the hundreds of instances of Republican corruption and malfeasance in office that have occurred either during the Bush Administration or after. Whether there are or are not reasons to investigate the Obama Administration, there are at least as many reasons to investigate Republicans, but no Republicans will be investigated. This is why Americans no longer trust their government. Because showboating politicians have so cheapened the process it no longer matters. It's for show and nothing else.

Posted by: ElectricBill | January 3, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Washington Post outdoes itself in printing partisan, myopic elephant manure like this RNC sponsored piece of excrement. Which Hitler Youth/GOP Rally did you find this broad at?

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | January 3, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Issa is desperate to keep any evidence of his extensive record of criminal activity hidden, in particular, the crime of arson that Issa committed when he burned his warehouse down in order to collect the insurance money.
That is the only reason that Issa is going after Wikileaks, and it will not be long before more evidence of Issa's crimes are uploaded to Wikileaks.
Issa will be spending a long, long time in prison.

Posted by: FriendofKeyserSoze | January 3, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"Why did the House Judiciary Committee not hold hearings on the politicization of the Justice Department (on everything from reversing a decades-old position on the constitutionality of voting rights for D.C. to the second-guessing of career attorneys who declined to prosecute CIA operatives who used enhanced interrogation techniques, to the New Black Panther scandal, to the lack of enforcement of military voting rights)?"

The politicization of the Justice Department was going on during the Bush administration. Is it not possible that you've gotten them mixed up - that the Bushies were the ones who politicized it and the Obama folks are trying to restore some sense of independence?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 3, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Issa needs to do what his position requires of him in his attempt to hold individuals accountable for their inappropriate government behavior. Especially, he should look into this administration and its handling of TARP, Obamacare and any other questionable dealing that it has over the passed two years. Issa should shine the spotlight and hold the feet to the fire.

Posted by: hared | January 3, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama focused on jobs?

HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!

Posted by: annnort | January 3, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Issa knows he's got nothing to go on, or he'd be shouting it from the rooftops, instead of repreating madeup stuff. He said, for instance, that the TARP funds are "mostly unspent," when the facts are that most of the TARP funds were in fact used, and have already been mostly repaid to the Treasury. Wikileaks has released secret information indicating that this administration is actually doing what it says it's doing, practically a first in foreign policy.

Issa's going looking for some chump-change example of a few thousand dollars stolen or misspent, and he's going to try to use whatever small cases he's able to find and prove as weapons against the administration. The question is, will his investigations leave him armed with facts, or will he show up armed with nothing but a wet noodle.

If he's able to paint the Obama administration as corrupt, he wins, Issa's test will be whether or not the truth matters to him, or whether he dedicates himself to smear politics for the next two years.

If there's major corruption in the Obama administration, and he finds it, good for him; if he intends to start ruining people on the basis of rumor, innuendo, and outright mendacity, he'll have to be sent back to selling car alarms.

Posted by: lonquest | January 3, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that Issa shines a massive light onto Obamacare and exposes how dreadful the law is. In my opinion, there may be no more important thing to acheive in this country than to overturn that law.

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Really? Two wars going on, crumbling infrastructure, millions of Americans out of work and you don't think they're pretty serious issues? You really are totally brainwashed by the right wing corporate media.

Posted by: MNUSA | January 3, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that lefties become so unhinged whenever ANYone says ANYthing they disagree with? One conservative blogger at the WP and they start ranting like the apocolypse is nigh. And not a shred of originality. "You're a hack, Jennifer." "You're partisan, Jennifer." "The rich don't pay enough taxes, Jennifer." "Bush is Satan, Jennifer." "Go away, Jennifer." "Blah, blah, blah, Jennifer."

Listen lefties, did you know that electrons cause global warming? That's right - as your posts surge through the net-neutral infrastructure they affect the earth's magnetic resonance and increase the risk of a climate change CATASTROPHE! Please, save the earth! Turn off your computers! If you must protest, turn on Fox News and then throw bricks at your television.

By the way, I was making up that stuff about global warming. Just like Al Gore.

Posted by: Larry3435 | January 3, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Wumhenry is correct - the posters are mostly lefty dems and whack-jobs. Nuts - in fly over country. You can tell most posters are in DC. They have no clue what is going on - can not see the forest for the trees - and no clue what real Americans want. We DO NOT want the progressive/liberal/marxists we replaced on Nov 2. Hopefully, most of you will lose your government jobs soon.

Nice to see an honest article in the WaPo.

Posted by: annnort | January 3, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer, if you think that Rep. Issa will conduct "real oversight", you must not be very familiar with his record. This is the man who was involved in the following events.

o He was the driving force behind the recall of California Governor Gray Davis (and also contributed $1.7M of his own wealth), intending to place himself on the ballot. When Arnold Schwarzenegger entered the race a couple of days before the filing deadline, Rep. Issa dropped out of the race.

o Although the charges were later dropped, he was prosecuted for car theft fraud in 1979 and 1980.

o In 1982, Rep. Issa was investigated for arson at his Ohio Quantum manufacturing facility. Although charges were never filed, several incidents raised investigators' suspicious: Issa quadrupled the fire insurance at his plant only weeks before the fire, computers and company records were removed only days before the fire (the bookkeeper recalls that being highly unusual), and flammable liquid appeared to have been poured on the only area not covered by fire sprinklers. After analyzing the burn patterns, the investigators were suspicious that the fire had been set.

o An AC Custom executive that Issa fired claimed that Issa intimidated him with a gun as part of being fired. AC Custom's bookkeeper recalls that Issa had a gun to work that day.

o As a university student in Michigan, Issa was convicted of the possession of an unregistered handgun, paid a fine, and served parole.

I agree that Federal programs do need regular and effective oversight to assure that they're accomplishing their goals in the most effective way they can, consistent with the law. Everything that I've seen of Rep. Issa, however, leads me to the conclusion that the only thing he'll conduct is political revenge. The one thing I do hope is that he makes such a fool of himself over the next couple of years that his constituents finally get tired of him and vote him out of office.

Posted by: apn3206 | January 3, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. The New Black Panther Party scandal? Blithering nonsense on Fox News does not a scandal make. Watching House Republicans chase their tails around with a bunch of phony scandals will be immensely entertaining and I for one look forward to it.

Posted by: Justadad1 | January 3, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I KNOW that Ms Rubin lives comfortably in her conservative echo-chamber but.....the New Black Panther Party's voter intimidation??...Memo to Rubin: The "New Black Panther Party" is not an organized political party. It's not even a DIS-organized political party. The "New Black Panther Party" is simply 2 knuckle-heads from West Philly. Everyone in that polling line back in 2008 could discern that basic fact. Too bad that everyone in the conservative echo-chamber seem bent on giving these clowns an absurdly-extended version of their "15 minutes of fame".

Posted by: TruthHurts2 | January 3, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow... you can almost see the spittle spraying on the computer screen of pburich/FlyDiesel (i.e. one and the same person, I suspect; a typical faux newz fan boi tactic). How many keyboards do you suppose 'they' have smashed after getting so ticked because we won't imagine him mugging for the camera like the rubber-faced Beckie or believe everything 'they' say like the dittoheads do the oxycontin addict Lamebaugh?

Posted by: Darr247 | January 3, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

So when are Issa and the extremist Repugs going to get around to investigating the Bush adminstration for lying us into a war in Iraq, torturing and outting a CIA agent???.....Oh yeah, I forgot, this is nothing more than the usual right wing political witch hunts, that do nothing but waste time and cost the taxpayers money.

My bad, I should have known...

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Posted by: DrainYou | January 3, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

This columnist must be the boilCore (aka "skipsailing) in drag.

Posted by: wolfvorkian1 | January 4, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

The only thing issa has to fear is issa himself. The little napoleon will overstep his bounds and he'll bear the brunt. Just need proof..."Obama is the most corrupt president" - woopsie...I meant...

His ego is his biggest threat. Although his selective notion of "corruption" could be questioned. I guess he was rendered blind, deaf and dumb during the bush years.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | January 4, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

..both of the arson investigators that were assigned to determine who burned down Issa's factory died under mysterious circumstances...gee, how could THAT have happened?

Perhaps the darkest chapter in the saga came Sept. 7, 1982, seven months after Issa took control of Steal Stopper.
Just before 3 a.m., a police officer spotted smoke billowing from Issa's Quantum manufacturing plant in Maple Heights near Cleveland.
Before the blaze was brought under control three hours later, a firefighter was seriously injured.
Issa said he was "flabbergasted" that investigators immediately began asking him and his partner "where we had been the night before." He told them he thought the fire began accidentally.
Investigators didn't think so. Case files from Maple Heights, the Ohio fire marshal and insurers pointed repeatedly to the likelihood of arson in the blaze, which officials estimated caused $800,000 in damage.
Although an accident could not be ruled out, the uneven and unnatural burn patterns made the blaze "suspicious in nature," the state concluded two months later. Flammable liquid appeared to have been poured on the only area not covered by fire sprinklers, investigators found.
Circumstantial evidence also aroused suspicion of arson.
Weeks before the fire, Issa and Hunsinger boosted their fire insurance from $100,000 to $462,000 on property stored for other companies, including Issa's Steal Stoppers. At the same time, a separate company that contracted with Quantum to outfit bug zappers increased its insurance to $400,000, and, according to an insurance report, one investigator was "concerned about the coincidence."

Fire investigators also noted that a computer was taken off the site eight days before the fire, "allegedly to be reprogrammed" by Issa's lawyer, and that business blueprints were put away in a safe--which was "not previously done before."
An unexplained note was typed at the bottom of a state fire marshal's lab request: "RUSH--Have suspect or conspiracy."
No one was charged. And with the two main investigators now deceased, fire officials say they do not know why.

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/may/23/news/mn-52746/5

Posted by: FriendofKeyserSoze | January 4, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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