2 to 1?
3 to 1?
Methinks Darrel Issa is trying to ratchet that up to"sure thing."
Memo to federal agency officials: Start clearing your calendars and get ready to spend a lot of time on Capitol Hill. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells Politico that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold one to two hearings each week for 40 weeks out of the year.
I'm not good at math, but by my calculations that's 280 to 560 hearings -- and that doesn't count full committee sessions. (By comparison, when Democrat Henry Waxman led the panel while George W. Bush was president, he held 203 hearings in two years.)
Even with the stepped-up pace, Issa thinks his panels won't be able to keep up with the full pace of oversight work, and will have to refer a lot of issues to other committees in the hopes they'll pick up the slack.
Don't expect a lot of good news or best practices to emerge from the sessions, either. Issa says their purpose will be to "measure failures."
Also, in case you were wondering, yes, Issa says he will "seriously consider" reverting the committee to its traditional GOP name, putting "Government Reform" before "Oversight." In recent years, every time control of Congress changes hands, the name that comes first in the panel's moniker changes, too.
"Oversight Overload" Fedblog
The words "impeachment hearings" are to the Republicans what "Go Dawgs!" are to Georgia Bulldog fans - a rallying cry that gets the blood flowing, a clarion call for all of those who have decided that they have had enough of this President Chocolate Jesus that over half the country voted for back in 2008.
One good thing about a legislative career like the one Barack Obama has had is, he was never in one place long enough to get more than a thin film of political slime on the bottom of his shoes, unlike many of his colleagues wallowed in it like pigs in slop from the time they took office.
But that doesn't matter to guys like Darrel Issa, who is willing to play the 2010 version of Ken Starr to the hilt if he can somehow fuck up Obama's re-election efforts.
Don't believe Darrel Issa is nuts? He is a part of the investigation into the Stimulus Project signs.
"We are asking taxpayers to help us investigate the cost and extent of the Obama Administration’s pro-stimulus advertising by sending in pictures and locations of stimulus signs, logos and emblems. To help ensure information gathered in this project is accurate, please let us know if you see any factual corrections you believe need to be made on our map."
Why we're investigating stimulus signs
This blockhead is investigating fucking signs?
These are same signs you have seen at every government project since we've had government projects, signs whose costs have ALWAYS been built into the costs of the project itself.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Issa's real claim to fame? The Viper alarm system for cars. You know the one I'm talking about - the cheesy talking alarm that was on late night TV commercials all around the country about 15 or 20 years ago. It was the ad where the guy tried to break into a car with a Viper alarm and a big special effects cobra leapt out at the would-be thief and snapped at him. Issa's voice was and still is the one that says "step away from the car."
Save yourself the trouble of listening to this snake in the grass for the next two months. Issa is an accomplished liar and double talker.
Don't believe he will impeach Obama? This is the same guy who paid ONE MILLION DOLLARS towards the effort to have California Governor Gray Davis recalled so he could run for governor.
Only, Arnold beat him to it.