WILLIAM RIVERS PITT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Seldom in modern American politics do we have the rancid pleasure to observe the breed of unrepentant cretin that is California House Rep. Darrell Issa. He is the walking embodiment of everything that is wrong with government today. Part Tom DeLay, part Henry Hyde, part carny, part hemorrhoid, Issa is a political sociopath in the purest sense of the word. If you believe in God, then understand that God has one hell of a nasty sense of humor, as evidenced by the fact that, somehow, it was decided that this vicious little weasel should be placed in the chairman's seat of the House Oversight Committee.
I could spend a week writing up all the myriad ways this pustule has made it his business to damage the processes of government, and to damage large swaths of the American people, but today's instance pretty much takes the cake, and tells you all you need to know about the man and his methods.
FACT: One of the central reasons job growth in America has been stagnating is the fact that House Republicans like Issa have been sitting on job creation bills for one reason: to damage the American economy at the expense of the American worker, blame that damaged economy on President Obama, and hope people are too stupid to see through the ruse.
FACT: After last Friday's positive jobs report came out ("positive" these days" being defined as "not completely catastrophic"), denizens of the far right came blazing out of their spider holes to accuse the Obama administration and the Bureau of Labor Statistics of cooking the books to help Mr. Obama's re-election campaign. The accusation was ludicrous on its face, and was championed by such leading economic luminaries as Jack "Durr Hurr" Welch and Donald "The Walking Derp" Trump. They managed to shoehorn their deranged conspiracy theory into the headlines ("Positive Jobs Report Boosts Obama, but Some Doubt Numbers" was standard issue in the media during that news cycle), which in itself was a victory for the Forces of Dumb and Insane.
...and then, this.
"GOP," in this instance, being Darrell Issa and the House Oversight Committee. You can almost hear the thinking: "Focus on jobs creation? Nah, let's launch a BS investigation into the 'Fixed Jobs Numbers' conspiracy theory. After all, how can there be improved jobs numbers when we're sitting on every jobs bill in the House?"
Darrell Issa, ladies and gentlemen. The scum also rises.
UPDATE: Talking Points Memo reports the following: "No Plans to Investigate Obama Admin on Jobs Report - Yet." First of all, I'll believe it when I don't see it. Secondly, the very idea that such an investigation was even floated as a possibility speaks tomes and volumes.
Stay tuned. This is the kind of stupidity that never, ever sleeps.
Title hat-tip to Charlie Pierce of Esquire Magazine.