On Tuesday, Representative Darrell Issa quite possibly set a new standard for cynical invocations of shameful incidents in American history to defend similarly shameful practices today.
[Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. made the universal symbol for "I will cut you" today in reference to Rep. Darrell Issa, who launched a Congressional catfight last week when he cut the off the microphone of a congressman who accused him of being on an IRS witch hunt. Image by J. Scott Applewhite via AP.]
Jon Stewart opened tonight's Daily Show by taking a look at the ridiculous contraception hearings that Darrell Issa convened last week. The quoting from Stalin, the "rape of the soul," it's all perfect grist for Jon's mill. Not to mention the fact that no women were on hand.
A staffer working for Rep. Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee on financial regulation issues has come under scrutiny by ThinkProgress for changing his name after he left his previous position at Goldman Sachs. The story implied that he changed his name three years ago to hide his background with the company.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the retired car thief and current chair of the House's government oversight committee, has the power to investigate basically any corruption or wrongdoing or politically motivated witch hunt in the federal government. But now he'll have to handle an internal probe with his own spokesman, Kurt Bardella.
Did pornography cause the recession? According to the AP, the answer is: Probably! Over the last five years, the SEC has conducted 33 separate probes into "employees looking at explicit images"—explicit porno images. Let the "SEC/SEX" jokes begin!