I am a Timothy Egan fan. He is spot-on:
In Darrell Issa, for the age of dysfunctional politics, we have the government we deserve.
Issa and everyone else. Sure, government is supposed to be accountable to the people, but the people are supposed to hold it accountable.
This is an epic piece, particularly this tangential line: "Immigration reform—the most significant thing lawmakers could do in this decade—is a critically ill patient in the emergency room of the Republican House."
Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on.Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) • Discussing testimony for a conservative Republican at the Internal Revenue Service which he says proves that the White House was not involved in an effort at the agency to target Tea Party groups. Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says that if the chairman of the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), does not release the transcripts from the IRS employee by the end of the week, he would. Issa, in case you haven’t been following the inner-workings of Congress, has used the position to push for multiple investigations into the Obama administration.
The investigation was launched by the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office, which recommended that the Justice Department consider disciplining the 14 agents named. Holder said today that the report would be reviewed with “consideration of potential personnel actions.”
» A key house figure also wants an investigation: California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the head of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, thinks that more agents than the 11 implicated were involved. “We think the number might be higher, and we’re asking for the exact amount of all the people who, quote, were involved,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Issa says he want to ensure that systems are in place to prevent situations like this in the future, which he suggested he could lead to blackmail.