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.

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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