A kindler, gentler Darrell Issa?

posted at 4:31 pm on February 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

So says The Hill, and Issa himself.  After the status-quo election in November and facing a term limit on his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee, Issa wants to reach across the aisle more in the 113th Congress than in the 112th:

Issa, who has relentlessly investigated the Obama administration and led the House’s charge to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, is term-limited as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman. Rep. John Mica (Fla.) will become the panel’s top Republican in 2015.

The California Republican has signaled a marked shift in the tenor he wants his committee to take this Congress, trading in the political grenades for olive branches in the form of weekly bipartisan meetings. He has pivoted away from the heated and divisive investigations that grabbed headlines to potentially long-term legislative reforms that could have wide-reaching effects.

“We’re going to have to work together in a way that we did not in the previous Congress,” said Issa at the committee’s first organizational meeting.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who has lodged some of the most vocal complaints about Issa’s treatment of Democrats on the panel, said he’s cautiously optimistic about the chairman’s shift.

“I welcome the new Darrell and I will work with him if he wants to work across the aisle,” said Connolly, who has been working with Issa’s staff on an information technology (IT) bill.

What specifically does this mean in practice, though?  Issa and House Republicans are still pursuing a contempt citation against the Department of Justice and Eric Holder over the claim of executive privilege on Operation Fast and Furious.  Both sides have recently signaled more cooperation, though, and a resolution that produces the needed documents could bring the investigation to a close this year.

With Obama re-elected, though, and Republicans losing a few seats in both chambers, there doesn’t appear to be an appetite for partisan warfare through Oversight.  Issa released an agenda this year filled with bipartisan or nonpartisan issues — such as HGH usage in the NFL and data transparency.  He has also worked with ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings to produce more than a half-dozen joint press releases for Oversight in the last few weeks, a major change in public posture.

The tenor of the 113th so far seems to be focused on finding ways to make deals and address issues, rather than engage in public posturing.  Issa appears — so far at least — to have joined that recasting of the GOP to solution providers rather than aggressive opposition.  While that might bode well for producing budgets and addressing long-standing security issues, it might not bode well for actual oversight of the Obama administration, unless Issa is hoping to woo Cummings and his side into taking a tougher look at the White House now that Obama doesn’t have to worry about running for office again.  If so, we’ll see if Issa can trap more flies with honey rather than vinegar.


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Another phoney conservative. All of his glorious investigations went no where.

Mr. Arrogant on February 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Issa wants to reach across the aisle Fluke you more in the 113th Congress than in the 112th:

There goes another one.

Hardly any men left…world is full of eunuchs.

Obama’s brothers thank ye Issa.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I like the ‘old’ Issa better…

Khun Joe on February 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

To Hades with all the Rs. You are all harlots.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

So we just roll over and die?

GardenGnome on February 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

This can’t be good.

The Rogue Tomato on February 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

“I’m no longer going to fulfill my duty to the People of the United States to provide oversight to the blatantly illegal activities of those in power” is how I translate this horse manure. Not that he did anything, really, about Fast and Furious anyways.

search4truth on February 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

(sigh…)
Every time I read or hear the word “bi-partisan” I want to weld a steel plate over my butt.

NeoKong on February 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Wrong move Issa! You were one of the few honest Republicans…..now you are part of the Establishment! Have you been consulting with Karl Rove?

tomshup on February 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Maybe someone told him to back off, or he might develop a case of “natural causes”.

The Rogue Tomato on February 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Another guy giving up in order to

-increase his position
-increase his wealth
-stick it to America

Who thinks that Fast and Furious will TOTALLY disappear

Philo Beddoe on February 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The Dems must have the goods on him. Oh well.

changer1701 on February 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

So, the kinder, more friendly Issa.
Funny, Henry Waxman never found that necessary.

Another Drew on February 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.

Steve Tsouloufis on February 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Issa has a history of run-ins with the law. If he’s been all bark and no bite, this is most likely why. The White House has more dirt on him and/or he’s been told to stand down by higher-ups in the GOP or both.

Why someone so easily blackmailed was raised to this position at such a critical time is anyone’s guess- or perhaps that was precisely the reason he was put there.

sartana on February 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Brian Terry was unavailable for comment.

nobar on February 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Despair we must!

thebrokenrattle on February 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Maybe he saw Obama’s Domestic Drone hit list?

workingclass artist on February 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Obama and Holder likely sent him a dead horsehead warning.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

No one has any spine.

The devolution of America will separate the men from the boys

blatantblue on February 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Even if he unleashed the hell hounds, this administration seems to be covered in tri-ply Teflon, so what’s the point.

tru2tx on February 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The California Republican has signaled a marked shift in the tenor he wants his committee to take this Congress, trading in the political grenades for olive branches in the form of weekly bipartisan meetings.
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D*mmitt,there goes the Political plans for Political IED’s,
Democrat Ambushs,and Progressive Predator Strikes……

…..oh ya,reach across the aisle has worked awesomeley so far!
(Sarc).

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The devolution of America will separate the men from the boys

blatantblue on February 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Name 3 men in DC.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Ugh,Democrat DeMoralization Fatigue is setting in on GOP Members,
with a NeverEnding InCremental Wearing Down of!!!!

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

“Honey is overrated” — Obama

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

The devolution of America will separate the men from the boys

blatantblue on February 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The devolution of America will only way to separate the men from the boys is by crowbar!

FIFY!

belad on February 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

I suspect Issa is playing nice before going in for the kill on Holder. Not a bad strategy, listen to the Democrats and smile (while doing nothing), then hold nothing back when it’s “go” time.

Let’s watch his actions, not his words.

Tater Salad on February 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Name 3 men in DC.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Hillary, Napolitano, Michelle

search4truth on February 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

And there is still a reason to vote for repubs? Please show me the way

johnny reb on February 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Ed doesn’t seem too bothered by this, does he?

The obama could order drone strikes on the next Tea Party gathering in DC and Morrissey would begin his post on the story with:

“In fairness, this is not the first time Americans have been killed while demonstrating…”

Ed thinks that Issa’s going to join up with Elijah Cummings to really go after the White House, with lots of honey. This guy is just not living in the same world as the rest of us.

sartana on February 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Ah yes,,,the late great formerly conservative Republican Party that ascribed to the “Charlie Brown Theory” of politics[better known as the "I know they won't move the football this time"]

retiredeagle on February 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Name 3 men in DC.

Sebelius, Napolitano & Pelosi

johnny reb on February 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Now were Fight’n…………………(sarc)

G.O.P. Legislator Says Cuomo’s Law-Making Methods Would Make Hitler Proud
Feb 5 2013
**********

ALBANY — A Republican state assemblyman unhappy with the way Gov.Andrew M. Cuomo pushed the Legislature to approve strict new gun laws said Tuesday that Hitler and Mussolini would have been proud of the governor’s actions. (More……)
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/nyregion/lawmaker-compares-cuomos-law-making-methods-to-hitlers.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

McCain fold (again) on Hagel filibuster, Kasich folds on socialized meldicine (obamacare) and now Issa, who has been little more than a showman has promised to draw the final curtain on his phoney investigations act.Karl Rove, the brains of the GOP is openly, and without fear of losing his power, trying to purge the elite GOP instituion of ordinary conservatives.

Tell me again why the other side wins unless we vote GOP?

Don L on February 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The last thing needed is a kinder, gentler GOP or conservative/libertarian.

Powerline blog had a terrific post on this today:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/02/david-horowitz-how-republicans-can-win.php

(Ed, this should be Green Room material at a minimum.)

Bruno Strozek on February 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

We all need to vote demonrat and end this nonsense

johnny reb on February 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I’ve not forgotten that Issa failed to force production of the fast & furious documents before the November election. To me he is the same as the rest.
Except for a very few, like Ted Cruz.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Hillary, Napolitano, Michelle

search4truth on February 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

State of the land, circa 2013

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Maybe we will get the Republic of Texas back or get bombed by a drone trying.

johnny reb on February 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Well, them drones are invisible and can be mighty pesky. Best to stay on friends, isn’t it, Issa?

tommy71 on February 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Idiots. The issue isn’t “kindler and gentler” or “meaner”, it’s taking these fights to the mat.

I’ll never forget Breitbart’s account of how he researched and put together the story on the Pigford scandal, all “tied up in a neat red bow”, and had Rep. Steve King take it to Darrell Issa. This was (and still is) an explosive and narrative-busting story of Leftist malfeasance and even racism. King told Breitbart that Issa “won’t touch it.”

The GOP is useless.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

With all the cave-ins lately, it makes you wonder if the Progressive Thugs are actually threatening politicians lives or something.

Just saying….

katy on February 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Aside from filing a contempt charge against Holder, what has he achieved. And what, in fact, did the contempt charge achieve? Holder will serve out his term and then go back to Chicago to again represent terrorists in their fight against the US.

Hmmm.

CorporatePiggy on February 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Its the bipartisan love affair. Nothing like a hot romance.

tommy71 on February 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

There is no way in God’s green earth our Republic will stand if we have to deal with bho/d’s/rino’s? in dc, NO WAY! Are they all in bed with each other to get the same results? Total crater of my beloved nation? Sure the heck seems so with all we are getting in the news?

I never in my 68 years of life in America would have imagined in over four years with bho being elected all he!! would be done? And HE ISN’T even getting started!

And I should add, other presidents have tried, done, and failed where bho/team is getter done with the help of most of our elected, both sides!
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letget on February 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

And now Cantor jumps in on the Amnesty bandwagon:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/eric-cantor-says-undocumented-children-offered-citizenship-194427232–election.html

“A good place to start is with the kids,” Cantor said during his speech at the American Enterprise Institute. “One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.”

It should be obvious that the GOP is not even focused on border enforcement- they want Amnesty above all. If they were serious about stopping the wave of illegal entries and overstays, they wouldn’t be talking like this until a commitment to border security was promised.

sartana on February 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

So, the kinder, more friendly Issa.
Funny, Henry Waxman never found that necessary.

Another Drew on February 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Yep. Our side is “let’s get along”, there’s is “open fire!”

arnold ziffel on February 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

sartana on February 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Illegal is illegal is illegal. ALL illegals need to be deported-along with all ‘anchor baby’ spawn.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Yes, they get a permanent vacation back to the vibrant countries they came from, which will now be enriched by their pungent vibrancy. And as we don’t want to split up families, that means they take Newt’s eighty-year-old grandmother with them.

sartana on February 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

They’re dropping like flies.

Fallon on February 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

what the heck!! issa was one of the few R’s we could count on to actually be tough.

Sachiko on February 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

sartana on February 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Now now, we have two, that I know of, of kin of bho that are here illegally and they have been for years sucking off the taxpayers. They are both still waiting to be deported, but guess what, you think they will be?
L

letget on February 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

We have a ruling elite. They are all going in the same direction. The sellers of PACs, the sellers and pushers of all these different political orgs, both liberal and conservative are set up to drain the “masses” of their money and to let them think they can change anything. The fat lady is walking on the stage, people,,the only way this is going to get stopped/changed is by tearing down the stage.

retiredeagle on February 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

The repubics are in full retreat and the dims are moving in on multiple fronts for the kill. Pathetic!

De Oppresso Liber on February 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Ed thinks that Issa’s going to join up with Elijah Cummings to really go after the White House, with lots of honey. This guy is just not living in the same world as the rest of us.

sartana on February 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I agree. Elijah Cummings is either willfully ignorant or a mean and nasty racialist pol. I have never seen him cooperate with anything sensible.

DanMan on February 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

With Obama re-elected, though, and Republicans losing a few seats in both chambers, there doesn’t appear to be an appetite for partisan warfare through Oversight. Issa released an agenda this year filled with bipartisan or nonpartisan issues — such as HGH usage in the NFL and data transparency.

Wow, that’s some damned important stuff, right there, yesiree.

Issa, we hardly knew ye – and didn’t figure you for a mewling lapdog, but there it is.

Midas on February 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Name 3 men in DC.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Hillary, Napolitano, Michelle

search4truth on February 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

truth found.

Those 3 have more “guts” then all the Repussicans combined.

BoxHead1 on February 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

GOP in full capitulation mode now, stumbling over each other in a rush to be the first to proffer up his naked backside for Obama to have his way with.

Midas on February 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

And there is still a reason to vote for repubs? Please show me the way

johnny reb on February 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

None. None.

Midas on February 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

The Two Party Evil Money Cult is in merger talks.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I can’t help it. But I just feel the Obama honeymoon is going to be real short lived.

There is no real love for Obama. Half the nation voted against him. Issa and the GOP are playing nice now… but it’s still not like it was in 2008.

JellyToast on February 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Most likely Issa has some odd real estate deals that went bad out in California fraud land and he needs cover.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

GOP in full capitulation mode now, stumbling over each other in a rush to be the first to proffer up his naked backside for Obama to have his way with.

Midas on February 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I know, it’s like an hysterical phenomenon, a panicked rush to the lifeboats. It’s remarkable to watch.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

The “smart” money is being bet on giving up on the “Great Experiment!” Great men/women were needed for it to succeed and presently there are too few and far between to make it work.

Deano1952 on February 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I don’t see how gun rights can withstand the crumbling GOP. By now Obama simply knows the GOP caves at a certain point. It’s like the GB Shaw joke about knowing a woman is a prostitute and simply establishing the price. The price in this case is pressure and time. With enough pressure, and with enough time, it’s over on every issue.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

You can stop spreading the honey any time now folks.

Those aren’t flies you are attracting.

Lily on February 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Issa, who has relentlessly investigated the Obama administration and led the House’s charge to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, is term-limited as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman. Rep. John Mica (Fla.) will become the panel’s top Republican in 2015.

Oh bull$h!t. He’s done absolutely nothing but smoke and mirrors. There hasn’t been a single indictment, arrest, or anything other than him giving a press conference once in a while stomping his fists and claiming there’s going to be hell to pay.

Zero.
Zip.
Nada.

Absolutely nothing has happened with all of those … relentless investigations.

He’s a fraud, just like the rest of the GOP, and just like the entire Congress.

They’re all criminals, and they’re all working together.

WAKE UP ED!

Gregor on February 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Mr. Tough Guy never accomplished a thing, so who cares?

Mr. Arkadin on February 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

“I’m no longer going to fulfill my duty to the People of the United States to provide oversight to the blatantly illegal activities of those in power” is how I translate this horse manure. Not that he did anything, really, about Fast and Furious anyways.

search4truth on February 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

This guy is only talk anyway – he never finished anything – he accuses – he sue and all of the sudden the story disappears and years later you realize that nobody was ever indicted for their crimes. So what’s the use of a phony like that anyway?

As you said – like fast and furious – like Benghazi and on and on. Never any closing with that guy. No guts to go all the way. Just talk and show.

He looks good though.

American Dream 246 on February 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

So there are ‘term limits’ on chairmanships but not for the jack wagons I mean ‘elected officials’. And here I was thinking that if we had term limits for would be career politicians, we wouldn’t need term limits for a ‘chairmanship’. This makes perfect sense now.

ghostwalker1 on February 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

divisive investigations

Lol. There often is a divide between criminals and those who investigate them.

Buddahpundit on February 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

The got to Issa. Sigh . Not too many spines left on our side now. I

sauldalinsky on February 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Lol. There often is a divide between criminals and those who investigate them.

Buddahpundit on February 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Not any more, it would seem.

Moose Drool on February 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

To Hades with all the Rs. You are all harlots.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

OK I just have to ask.. where/what/who the hell is Hades ??

cableguy615 on February 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Let’s watch his actions, not his words.

Tater Salad on February 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

We have been watching his actions. What the heck has he done?
Nothing that I can see. More Kabuki theatre.

Amjean on February 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

The price in this case is pressure and time. With enough pressure, and with enough time, it’s over on every issue.

rrpjr on February 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

In most cases the GOP are minutemen.

arnold ziffel on February 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

If Issa is kinder and gentler, that’s depressing.

Speakup on February 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Wow, just wow.

sadsushi on February 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

If so, we’ll see if Issa can trap more flies with honey rather than vinegar.

And the book closes. If anyone doubted that “Fast and Furious” was going to be a betrayal of America by the GOPe, they can put those doubts to rest now.

Speaker John Boehnor and Congressman Darryl Issa conspire to betray America.

SWalker on February 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

…ALL SHOW…NO GO…anyway!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Issa is a another GOP failure.

Sherman1864 on February 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Issa was one of our last best hopes.

It will get worse before it gets better. This country may have fallen, but it will get up. I hope it starts in 2016.

petefrt on February 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I hope it starts in 2016.

petefrt on February 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Wrong! I hope it starts in 2014.

petefrt on February 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

The Rove muse ?
Disgusted .

Lucano on February 5, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I still like FNC. But I wish they hadn’t renewed Rove’s contract. He screwed up big time on the 2012 elections, and needs to be put aside like Dick Morris.

petefrt on February 5, 2013 at 9:37 PM

1st
Stimulus
Repeal of DADT
DOMA
Obamacare
Consumer protection agency
Dream Act – by EO
Fast and Furious
Solyndra
Benghazi
Debt limit increase
Deficit spending
No budgeting

2nd:
Expiration of the Bush Tax cut,
Amnesty
Gun Control
Direct talks with Iran
Arming Muslim Brotherhood
EPA rules
Marriage equality
Debt Limit increase
More deficit spending
what budget!?

————————–

yeah…2010 was really something…they keep pissing on you and you are screaming “Yeh! Rain!!”
what happened to the “Balance Budget Amendment”?

Please tell me one meaningful thing that republicans have stopped Obama on?

Issa digged…and the best he got was F&F. Maybe Breitfart can come back to life to find something good on O.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I still like FNC. But I wish they hadn’t renewed Rove’s contract. He screwed up big time on the 2012 elections, and needs to be put aside like Dick Morris.

petefrt on February 5, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Rove looked and sounded ” cowed ” on FNC this afternoon . Megan’s show , Jamie Colby fill in .
I saw something different . I think he knows he’s screwed .

Lucano on February 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

what the heck!! issa was one of the few R’s we could count on to actually be tough.

Sachiko on February 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Actually being tough == getting results.
Simply talking tough == Issa.

bofh on February 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

Darrell “MacBeth” Issa

PD Quig on February 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Name 3 men in DC.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Trey Gowdy
Tim Scott
???

freedomfirst on February 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM