Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has released the full transcript of a revealing interview with a key IRS employee about the agency’s “scandal,” which indicates zero White House involvement. In a saner world, that would put an end to any reputable media taking Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) too seriously. That should have happened years ago.
As Media Matters for America sums it up:
Rep. Darrell Issa’s past includes arrests for weapons charges and auto theft, suspicions of arson, and accusations of intimidation with a gun, but you’d hardly know it from the media’s recent coverage of the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While Issa was substantially mentioned in 15 articles in the nation’s largest newspapers since the last election — including several major profiles — only one of those articles mentioned any of these allegations. Likewise, interviewers did not ask Issa about his alleged criminal past in any of the cable or network interviews he sat for during that period.
The details of the aforementioned incidents are explored in the Media Matters post, and wikipedia’s bio of Issa. Reading these two posts leaves a residue of amazement and amusement. Issa’s personal story would make a good dark comedy, if not for his destructive influence in American politics. He contributed $1.6 million to the successful effort to recall CA Gov. Grey Davis, one gathers to advance his gubernatorial prospects, which were subsequently thwarted by the Terminator.
If sanity prevails, Cummings’s release of the interview transcript exonerating the White House of any involvement in the I.R.S. blunderings should end any hopes Issa may have been entertaining about election to higher office — unless things get way crazy. The only remaining question is whether the MSM will continue to take his Obama -bashing seriously.