Darrell Issa: Antagonist Or Hero?

The Operation Fast and Furious investigation has shone a very big spotlight on Rep. Darrell Issa.

A June 21 blog in the Washington Post written by congressional reporter Ed O’Keefe suggests Lake Elsinore lawmaker Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) likely will be most remembered for putting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's feet to the fire.

Whether that’s a good thing might depend on which side of the aisle one stands.

On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- which is chaired by Issa -- voted to recommend holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder in contempt of the committee after the Obama administration, citing executive privilege for the first time, refused to turn over certain documents pertaining to

Issa’s persistence in this investigation isn’t the norm, according to O’Keefe.

Unlike the Fast and Furious investigation, O’Keefe finds that many of Issa’s inquiries result in no follow-ups, no hearings or no reports. “Essentially, some complain, there have been too many instances in which there was more show than substance,” O’Keefe wrote.

Fast and Furious is different: It’s labeled by some as “Issa’s great hit,” O’Keefe wrote.

Click here to read O'Keefe's piece.

The investigation “has earned Issa and the oversight panel wide news coverage, disdain from Democratic supporters of Holder who claim Issa allowed the investigation to devolve into a personal attack on the attorney general, and acclaim from conservatives eager to find any fault with President Obama and his administration,” O’Keefe wrote Wednesday.

“Issa may want to be remembered as a serious, nonpartisan leader of government reform efforts, but Wednesday’s contempt vote — and the possibility of a full House vote on the matter next week — likely will cement his status as a partisan antagonist in the eyes of Democrats and a hero to conservative Republicans — whether he likes it or not,” O’Keefe continued.

Popeye June 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
It sounds like he put the Tea Baggers in thier place. Thank you President Obama....they are now whinning!!!!!! Ha ha ha
jill smith June 24, 2012 at 07:58 AM
AG, you are right, she is writing foolish poppycock! Fast and Furious is serious business, even the losers in Congress and Senate are starting to realize just how out of control government is. The Attorney General is held in contempt of court. Obama signed NDAA 10 years after Osama has been caught, and many years after 911. NDAA takes away our basic rights, thats how it is in North Korea and China, but for gods sake this is the United States Of America. What we have is a want to be totalitarian Government, and Martha tells me I'm on the wrong side, what a whack job!!!!! I'm not on anyones side that is involved in this mess!!!
Martha L. Bridges June 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
As usual the comments here have deteriorated into name calling, racial slurs and personal attacks that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. There is no point to responding to these nasty grams and one-line zingers. The point is that there are a handful of people here that use this methodology to discourage intelligent conversation about the critical issues we are facing. Usually after the first day an article or blog has been posted, the comments worsen and decline into ugly, meaningless exchanges. Understandably, this turns most intelligent people off. This seems to be especially true on the Lake Elsinore - Wildomar Patch. Enough said.
Roberto June 24, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Give it a break...like you and your cohort pooeye are so innocent.
Tonto June 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
please define "ZINGER" :) http://www.breitbart.com/big-government
Tonto June 24, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I think this makes you a hate filled bigoted racist. and stupid :)
Tonto June 24, 2012 at 05:01 PM
racial slurs, personal attacks, ugly exchanges made by intelligent mentors of Oblamer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hPR5jnjtLo&feature=fvwrel
JoAnn June 25, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Dilbert:When did ignorance become a point of view? YOU are talking about "Fast & Furious" Obama not Bush deal..check facts:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Fast_and_Furious#2009.E2.80.932011:_Operation_Fast_and_Furious There is a multitude of information regarding Bush's deal "Wide Receiver" vs "Fast and Furious" check your facts. http://www.hyscience.com/archives/2012/06/lets_be_crystal.php How can you have a problem with us as citizens and OUR representatives wanting information? Don't you always stand on your soap box and expound on how we have that right? Shouldn't Rep.Issa on our behalf? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched Operation Fast and Furious out of Arizona to track weapon purchases by Mexican drug cartels. However, it lost track of more than 1,000 firearms that the agency had allowed straw buyers to carry across the border, and two of the lost weapons turned up at the scene of the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Issa's committee is seeking documents that show why the Justice Department decided to withdraw as inaccurate a February 2011 letter sent to Congress that said top officials had only recently learned about Fast and Furious. However, Holder has refused to turn over materials containing internal deliberations, and asked Obama to assert executive privilege over such documents last week. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/24/politics/holder-contempt/index.html
jill smith June 25, 2012 at 04:12 AM
The congress will vote soon, and we will see if Holder is held in contempt of congress. Why did Obama issue an executive order, what is he trying to hide?
Martha L. Bridges June 25, 2012 at 02:09 PM
"Rep. Issa says no proof White House withheld info in ‘Fast and Furious’ inquiry By Ed O’Keefe, Monday, June 25, 5:28 AMThe Washington Post" "There is no evidence that White House officials were involved in withholding information related to a congressional inquiry into the botched gun-trafficking operation known as Operation “Fast and Furious,” the Republican lawmaker leading the investigation said Sunday." "...asked Sunday whether he had any evidence to back up those claims [of the administration withholding information], Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said, “No, we don’t.”" http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rep-issa-says-no-proof-white-house-withheld-info-in-fast-and-furious-inquiry/2012/06/24/gJQArnJX1V_story.html?wpisrc=nl_politics
Tonto June 25, 2012 at 02:21 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/24/Issa-On-ABC-This-Week - Whats Oblamer hiding?
JoAnn June 25, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thanks for the reminder I will let Rep Issa know he is doing a good job supporting ALL of the people... You stand on your soap box and take things out of context and spin them to get people riled up to support your views. I have a life outside of this computer but repeatedly when I read one of your articles and do the research I find similar over sights on your part.. I did follow the link you used to quote Rep. Issa it seems you missed the rest of the article...thank you for providing your source... “What we’re seeking are documents that we know exist . . . that are, in fact, about Brian Terry’s murder, who knew and why people were lying about it and get to the truth. That’s all we want,” Issa said on “Fox News Sunday.” the article goes on to explain Fast and Furious and then this quote... “Even the president, and certainly all the agencies, cannot hold back information related to covering up criminal activities or talking about them,” Issa said on ABC’s “This Week.” “That’s what we’re looking for here.” SO Ms. BRIDGES WE DON"T WANT TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION WHY?
Martha L. Bridges June 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM
JoAnn, Issa went on no less than three separate national TV shows last Sunday and also gave the Washington Post an interview and in all he admitted that he had no evidence of wrong doing or withholding evidence by the administration. I provided the link hoping people would read the whole article, so put your conspiracy theories away. You can hardly expect Issa not to interject that he wants more documentation as he is on a purely political witch hunt to discredit the Obama administration. That is his carefully stated primary goal. He is not looking for the truth or to be helpful, but hoping to unearth some detail that he can use to embarrass Obama. This is a terrible waste of time, energy and taxpayers money, and is purely politically motivated. If people like you want to get sidetracked or distracted from the real questions which need to be addressed that is your choice. Just don’t make me a target of your aggression while being led off the path. Look at the situation. Issa is a conservative white Republican with enormous personal wealth trying to position himself to gain more personal power and perhaps position himself to be president in the future...just like Nixon and Sen. Joe McCarty did years ago, and he has gone completely overboard in his incessant, obtuse investigations to enhance his national recognition for his own political gain. After all his incredible personal weath can only buy him so much, he has to have some angle to keep him in the news
Tonto June 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Oblamer and his legions of blamers blame on. Its all Bush AND Issa's fault :(
deborah June 27, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Jill smith is a dumb dumb. why don't you Google fast and furious and the Bush administration.... you will see the truth that it started under Bush...what is the matter..afraid of a little truth..I promise it shall set you free.
jill smith June 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Dumb dumb omg what idiot children read the responses above Deborah before you try to join the conversation, that was mentioned several times, I and everyone else know that. I would tell you what it was called under Bush but your lazy and I want you to read it yourself . I believe in free speech but good god it's hard to deal with idiots calling names. I dont mind if someone smart challenges me, but idiots are annoying like fly buzzing in your ear.
edlindaspy June 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
There was an incident like this somewhat that happened during Bush's presidency,,,General Stanley McChrystal had sent a secret memo to the White House in April of 2004, saying it would be unwise to speak publicly about the circumstances of Tillman's death because there was a strong possibility Tillman had been killed by "friendly fire." In the end, investigators concluded attempts to cover up the facts fell short of an actual crime. The lack of transparency and accountability in the matter has since given rise to conspiracy theorists who question the circumstances of Tillman's death and speculate about the motives behind the cover-up. Fact, suppressed by top military commanders and members of President George W. Bush's administration. Read more: Pat Tillman Biography (Football Player/Soldier) — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/biography/var/pattillman.html#ixzz1zDF2hiDQ Read more: Pat Tillman Biography (Football Player/Soldier) — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/biography/var/pattillman.html#ixzz1zDEkw5jC
edlindaspy June 29, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Yes,,and let's not forget that Mr Tillman is certain that a cover up has been perpetrated and believes his son's death may not even have been an accident. Bush also used Lynch as a tool only to have her return home and tell the truth! They both were used as tools for the government,,,I think Brian Terry's Mom is entitled to the truth also but like the above mentioned she probably will never know the truth!
edlindaspy June 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Martha ,,,research is right,,,they might find out that Darryl Issa has criminal records of his own,,,how he is conducting this hearing is beyond me,, http://whohijackedourcountry.blogspot.com/2012/06/darrell-issas-long-criminal-record.html
edlindaspy June 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
http://whohijackedourcountry.blogspot.com/2012/06/darrell-issas-long-criminal-record.html Hero alright,,
Popeye June 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
What's funny Tonto is Obama is protecting Bush's mess with Fast and Furious. What i heard, those weapons where sold before Obama was in office. Yes the weapons that actually killed the Border Patrol agent. Bush is thanking Obama behind closed doors and dumb dumb gets dumber..Tea Baggers drinking the stupid kool laid...
Tonto June 30, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I know. Everything is Bush's fault or the Congress and it was going to be the Supreme Court too. Wise old Roberts cut that off to screw Oblamer for taxing the crap out of the people and get him booted out of the White House.
Popeye June 30, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Tonto you must not be reading the Polls. Every action the Tea Baggers volley has increased Obama's re-election...:)
Tonto June 30, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Good, you just keep reading those liberal generated poles that they design to make everyone THINK that its a landslide for Oblamer. The theory is that if they show the majority is for something no one will want to looked down on as wrong or stupid so they will join the wise majority. Its a communist concept only they don't throw you in a work or death camp if you oppose the regime they trick you with poles.
Anon June 30, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Tonto Popeye is scared! Obama is hurting himself more and more every day! the more scared he gets the more he posts the same posts over and over! He really needs to learn some new words!
Tonto June 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM
ha ha ha! i agree. The liberals were poised to pounce on the evil supreme court if they voted down Oblamer. Right now all media would be filled with hate speech about the court. Roberts in his conservative cunning wisdom took that game away and exposed the lie that this mother of all tax ripoffs really is. First there was liberal joy but now your right they are scared. They understand Roberts screwed them but they can't pounce and demonize the court. BRILLIANT JUSTICE ROBERTS :)
Tonto June 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Where are the highly educated and smarter then thou liberals to correct my spelling of polls? I miss their omnipotent condemnation :)
Popeye July 01, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Keep the dream American Girl. I will be laughing again.!!! You to Tonto...keep dreaming the Tea Bagger dream..
Tonto July 01, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Popeye July 02, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Ha ha ha.. Tonto wearing the Tea Bagger magic panties...LDS...piece...ha ha ha


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