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Mon May 20, 2013, 07:21 AM May 2013

Welcome to the Darrell Issa Hall of Shame [View all]

For Republicans "energized" by the prospect of bludgeoning President Obama over his supposed misdeeds, Issa is the perfect hatchet man. After all, given his own past troubles including "the gun conviction, the three allegations of car theft, the arson allegation, the allegation that he dismissed an employee while brandishing a gun, and the mysteries about his finances," Darrell Issa is well acquainted with wrong-doing. Before becoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in January 2011, Issa served as the Bush administration's attack dog in Congress. (That explains why in June 2010 he was already planning to double his committee staff and planning to issue subpoenas to "get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.&quot And perhaps most helpful in his current role, Darrell Issa appears to be lacking the embarrassment gene altogether.

You don't have to read his long rap sheet to reach that conclusion. A brief tour of the Darrell Issa Hall of Shame will suffice:


1. Issa Calls 9/11 Attacks in New York a Plane Crash
Issa's slur against World Trade Center rescue workers was the perhaps most unforgettable moment in a truly forgettable political career. Almost three years before President Obama signed the $4.2 billion 9/11 responders health care bill into law, Rep. Issa was waging a campaign to stop it.

Desperate to refuse federal funds to the ailing workers who rushed to Ground Zero, Issa denied the September 11 carnage was an attack on the United States at all.
As the New York Post summed it up:


3. Issa Asks Big Business to "Tell Me What to Change"
By 2010, Issa had emerged, in the words of the New York Times, as President Obama's "Annoyer-in-Chief." And fresh off his inquisition in the Sestak no-pay-for-no-play non-scandal he deemed "Obama's Watergate," Issa last summer made clear he plans to ramp up the GOP's efforts to protect its friends and target its enemies. While the Obama administration had much to fear a Republican takeover of the House, Darrell Issa promised his party's business backers they would have a friend on Capitol Hill:

"That will make all the difference in the world. I won't use it to have corporate America live in fear that we're going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing


4. Issa Labels Obama "Most Corrupt" President
By August 2010, Politico was previewing what it deemed Issa's "season of subpoenas." But for his part, Darrell Issa was sending mixed signals about the inquisition to come. As the Washington Post reported:

Good Darrell, writing in USA Today on Oct. 11: "Oversight is not and should not be used as a political weapon against the occupant of the Oval Office. It should not be an instrument of fear or the exclusive domain of the party that controls Congress."


In January 2011, Bad Darrell repeated the charge. Ignoring both Nixon's Watergate scandals and the Abramoff, U.S. attorneys, Plamegate, domestic spying and MZM imbroglios which defined the Bush White House, Issa branded Obama's "one of the most corrupt" administrations.


So much More Here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/19/1209858/-Welcome-to-the-Darrell-Issa-Hall-of-Shame
Get thee to the Greatest Page malaise May 2013 #1
Morning, malaise~ sheshe2 May 2013 #2
Good morning sheshe2 malaise May 2013 #3
k&r.... spanone May 2013 #4
I can't see how Issa ever got into congress OLDMDDEM May 2013 #5
He hails from a very affluent corporate wonder land in North San Diego and South Riverside xtraxritical May 2013 #11
M O N E Y spanone May 2013 #12
Oh, btw, his district was gerrymandered Republicon years ago. xtraxritical May 2013 #13
It's hard to imagine how any human being G_j May 2013 #6
I went and read the skydive forever May 2013 #7
All animals, plants, members of life etc. have more integrity than Issa and his ilk...K&R!! hue May 2013 #8
I know hue~ sheshe2 May 2013 #9
what a despicable man Sheepshank May 2013 #10
And an extremely dangerous one at that. sheshe2 May 2013 #21
Issa is SCUM! lastlib May 2013 #14
And behind every Issa are the teabagger idiots who vote for him, mountain grammy May 2013 #15
Typo? Hubert Flottz May 2013 #17
"Oh Lord please don't let me be misunderstood"...It's a tough world for a person with no ethical byeya May 2013 #16
He is flat out Iwillnevergiveup May 2013 #18
K&R & Bookmarked stevenleser May 2013 #19
You're welcome Steve. sheshe2 May 2013 #24
There are plenty of GOP hacks and dumbasses, but Issa wins "Most Contemptible" hands down. bluedigger May 2013 #20
The other brother Darrell, a republican hero............ wandy May 2013 #22
Issa is a crook, who should be investigated himself. Cleita May 2013 #23
His Hall of Shame is rapidly filling kairos12 May 2013 #25
here will be a certain degree of gridlock as the president adjusts to the fact that he has been one treestar May 2013 #26
Time to hold Issa accountable ... napkinz May 2013 #27
Excellent Graphics! sheshe2 May 2013 #28
Darrell Issa: The Fox News Congressman. Initech May 2013 #30
Darrell Issa is one gigantic fail. Initech May 2013 #29
What's actually the funniest part of Issa's entire crusade is Ikonoklast May 2013 #32
He's like the Joker from The Dark Knight. Initech May 2013 #33
Excellent! Mahalo She! I've read Issa says "everyone has a past." I say Cha May 2013 #31
He may never own his past, Cha. sheshe2 May 2013 #34
Touche! Cha May 2013 #35
He's a bad actor in a bad fiction. dgauss May 2013 #36
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