Not since the days of Joe McCarthy's Un-American Activities Committee hearings have we seen the kind of arrogance displayed by Rep. Darrell Issa on June 20 at the hearings of the House Oversight and Governrment Committee which he chairs. I thought I had seen the ultimate in chutzpah when he made the throat-cutting signal to turn off the microphones when Rep. Elijah Cummings was objecting to a statement Issa made. But he topped that the other day.
As he was swearing in IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who raised his hand as required, Issa for no reason other than arrogance told him to raise his hand "higher."
I don't know about you, but I had a flashback to the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s when attorney Joseph Welsh said to the senator from Wisconsin, "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness…Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" The same might be said of the congressman from California.
Welsh's question pretty much framed the McCarthy hearings and the witch hunt he was conducting that was tearing the country apart. Issa's blatant political attacks aimed at the President of the United States, who allegedly conspired in the IRS approval process of 501(c)4 organizations, have no substance and will wind up the same way McCarthy's hearings did. But the damage they will do to innocent people along the way is nothing less than shameful.
Beau Weisman, Editor