Am I being unfair to Joe? I mean Joe used to at least ask leading questions like, “Are you now, or have you ever been…” The target was expected to trip themselves up and that provided the “proof” of their crimes, or pleading the 5th.
Except doing all he could to make sure Lois Lerner pleaded the 5th: accepting no compromise, the recent report issued by Issa proves he believes he doesn’t have to bother with all that. In fact: coward that he is, this King of Investigating anything Obama, or Clinton, goes out of his way to issue the type of “report” that doesn’t have to be vetted by anyone, especially not members of the other party on his committee. He has to provide no proof before he issues his paper-based fatwah. The King also goes out of his way to demand only the information that he can use to falsely charge the IRS: and by proxy the administration, with targeting only right wing, tea bag, groups… intentionally avoiding the fact that other groups were “targeted,” and that “targeted” is itself a loaded term.
I’m waiting for the convoluted reasoning that makes the point Hillary will be to blame too.
Regardless, the IRS had every right to check and recheck if the groups fit the criteria. It’s not “targeting.” It’s doing their damn job, something Issa might try instead of thinking he has to only “represent” fanatical right wing types who think “anything to get the president or a potential 2016 presidential candidate” is “representing…” “Think” that scandal mongering is only job.
Reasoning straight poured forth from his colonoscopy hole… nothing new for Mr. Issa Ahole
In one way Issa very much is like Joe: false, suggestive, charges. Just by making a false claim the IRS only targeted right wing groups means the president and his administration are guilty as hell?
Who is really doing the “targeting” here, Darrell?
Of course we already know who Issa’s targets are. And one target, like Ken Starr before him, is a president who dares to belong to another party. A president he, like Ken Starr, has every reason to go after politically.
Conflict of interest thy name was once Starr, now it’s Issa.
And, of course, Hillary Clinton because… well, we all know why. As 2016 approaches…
“How can we damage a contender with so much cred, activate the foam at the mouth part of our base and raise money?”
Of course the results of his witch hunts are less than stellar. In fact the cred of his targets has increased in most cases. Kind of like her husband when Starr used his wide broad brush to smear, smudge and in one case murder anyone who had supported him, or was related to.
Ask Susan McDougal how Jim McDougal, her ex, was denied diabetes meds in prison because she wouldn’t sign a confession written by Starr’s team.
”Murder?” Did I really type “murder?” Yes. Ask Susan McDougal how Jim McDougal, her ex, was denied diabetes meds in prison because she wouldn’t sign a confession written by Starr’s team. A confession as phony as Issa’s insistence only Tea Party groups were investigated.
On a site called Volconvo, where I debate frequently, a right wing poster from the South who calls himself “Trojan Ripper:” and why does that intentionally intimidating (yawn), red neck-y, openly sexist brag-based, name not surprise me in the least? …posted the report as ultimate proof of both IRS and administration guilt. Of course what he didn’t know is I already knew about the report and what a hack job, one sided slime job, it was. I just told him, ”All I had to do was see the name ‘Issa.'”
Not quite true because I already knew the pure partisan nature of its contents. But close; since that name, like Joe McCarthy, says all I need to know. Someone who thinks his only job as a congressman is to be one part investigator, one part one sided jury and one part hanging judge. I would liken him to Ken Starr again, but at least Ken Starr was an official special prosecutor, not a congressman posing as one in damn near everything he does.
By the way, anyone notice that Republicans in congress have a habit of making sure such folks: prosecutor or head of committees like this, are always agenda driven partisan hacks with overwhelming conflicts of interest?
I have no interest in convicting Issa of anything, or investigating him: just showing him for the partisan scum that he is.
I would have pleaded the fifth too, for guilt has already been assessed. Just not participating is the only option, the only way to make obvious we are, once again, in, “Are you now, or have you ever been…” land.
And, unfortunate for us, if Republicans win big in November Issa will get the powers of Starr. And as bad as Joe McCarthy was, as bad as Ken Starr was, for someone pursuing corruption, malfeasance and generally assumed bad behavior his behavior in the past might make it more advisable he investigate himself. Wiki alone mentions multiple charges of car theft, a concealed weapon charge. Then we have his crass, insensitive insistence on denying help to the heroes of 9/11 who came down with health issues from breathing in asbestos and other poisons. Suddenly he’s concerned about safety, 4 people who lost their lives, especially after his party voted to cut funds designated to protect embassies? Did we hear any cries for investigation about that from Mister Pure Partisan Hack-in Chief, Darrell?
Then we have the conman element where his supposed self made millionaire status came from loaning money to the company that made him rich, telling them they could have two extra weeks to make a payment, then immediately going to a court to demand he be given the company for non-payment.
And we would trust such a person… why?
If this year Republicans pull another 2010….
…or even just squeak through into the majority: like a mean, rabid cat squeezing through a tiny hole into where they can cause trouble…
…I promise you, Issa will get what he wants: an actual trial, not what he and his witch trial judges keep calling a “trial” instead of an investigation. There will be an impeachment. Doesn’t matter what any “investigation” finds. There will also be charges of contempt for anyone not bowing to their foam at the mouth hatred. Doesn’t matter whether Dems are part of the investigation, or not: Issa and his sycophants will make sure of that
This will become the standard for any Democrat who ever becomes president.
I just “can’t wait.” Can you?
If you can “wait” …vote damn it.
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