Darrell Issa, Arsonist And Insurance Swindler, Should Resign

Yesterday, former senior adviser to President Obama, David Plouffe, took to the tweeting machine in order to chastise Darrell Issa, the Obama-hating chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:

plouffe on issa
Forget for a moment the “arsonist/insurance swindler” reference. The “loose ethically” link was to an article on The Hill reporting on Issa’s outrageous but revealing comments on Sunday about Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney.

In case you missed it, Issa called Carney a “paid liar” who is “still making up things” about the IRS non-scandal. Issa also made it clear that, as a good Tea Party conservative, he is following the rules of Republican logic in the Era of the Scary Negro: first reach a conclusion and then find the premises. Here is the context of his statement about Carney:

…the administration is still — their paid liar, their spokesperson…he’s still making up things about what happened and calling this a local rogue. There’s no indication — the reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the Fifth is not because there is a rogue in Cincinnati, it’s because this is a problem that was coordinated, in all likelihood, right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it…

Yes. The conclusion comes before the evidence and it is this kind of reasoning that is governing all of the so-called scandals going on, scandals created by GOP extremists and propagated by a willing and illiberal press.

But Issa wasn’t just aiming at Jay Carney or practicing the art of Republican reasoning regarding the IRS drama. He had some arrows in his quiver of shame for Attorney General Eric Holder, yet another Scary Negro. Issa said Holder was lying “by most people’s standards” and then said, “Don’t use perjury lightly” as he was, well, using perjury lightly. He helpfully added,

Perjury is a criminal charge that has to be proven.

Yes, that’s right. Perjury is a specific crime that requires evidence and courts and all that icky proof stuff. It’s much easier just to call someone a liar or to call ill-advised screening techniques used by IRS employees a “scandal” because one doesn’t need evidence for those things, only the charges and accusations, which the press, hot on a juicy scandal story, will report again and again.

As an example of how this stuff gets reported, Mika Brzezinski opened a segment this morning on Morning Joe with this intro,

After weeks of scandal and controversy…

See?  All you have to do is generate controversy and talk incessantly about scandal and, voilà, you’ve got yourself “scandal and controversy” that will be reported as such.

This morning former Obama press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said that the notion Darrell Issa was in charge of government oversight is becoming a joke in Washington, D.C.  I wish that were true. But it isn’t. As long as Issa sits in that chairman’s chair, as long as CNN or CBS or ABC or NBC report on his antics as if they were serious investigations, then he is no joke. He is deliberately attacking the legitimacy of the Obama government in particular, as well as the federal government in general, and he is contributing to the dysfunction—no, paralysis—in Washington.

And with all the problems out there in the country, from chronic unemployment to falling bridges, a paralyzed government is no joke.

Candy Crowley asked Issa whether Eric Holder should resign and Issa smiled and said,

That’s up to the President.

The last thing Darrell Issa wants is for Eric Holder to resign. As long as Holder stays in office, Issa will stay in the headlines and on the Sunday talk circuit. And he will thus enhance his career as a folk hero to right-wing fanatics who hate Democrats, especially that pigmented Democrat in the White’s House and his pigmented Attorney General.

Finally, back to David Plouffe’s reference to Darrell Issa as being a “suspected arsonist/insurance swindler.” Politico reported on Plouffe’s comments with this nice little summary of the matter:

Issa is a successful businessman whose is [sic] the nation’s largest manufacturer of anti-theft devices in vehicles. Though he and his brother were charged with stealing a car in the 1970s, prosecutors later dropped charges, and Issa said he was a victim in the incident, according to a New Yorker profile of Issa from 2011. After a suspicious fire at his business’s factory, the company’s former owner said he suspected Issa set the fire for insurance, but a cause of the fire was never determined and no charges were filed, according to the profile.

Talk about your scandal and controversy. Now, normally I would give Mr. Issa the benefit of the doubt here and say that while it is true that someone suspected him of being an arsonist and insurance swindler, no one ever actually proved he was.

But as a tribute to Republican logic, as a paean to the kind of stuff that Issa has been doing since he became chairman of that House oversight committee, I will go one better than David Plouffe and say that Darrell Issa is an arsonist and an insurance swindler simply because a) someone accused him of these crimes and b) there is, therefore, a controversy about it, which means there is a scandal.

All of which means that this arsonist and swindler should resign immediately.



  1. Issa, and the majority of the Republicans in the House and Senate, are jokes. Remember how they cried when factual accusations were made about Bush’s lies to appease the military-industrial complex and lead this country to war? It is funny how things change. When will a Democrat in the Senate begin an investigation into the lies from Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell, and Bush that cost this country a trillion dollars and over 4,000 American lives? This is a true conspiracy worthy of investigation and prosecution, and it is based on fact. It is time for the Democratic Party to grab the headlines with factual issues instead of the accusations based on untruths and distortions regarding the IRS, Bengazi, and the Associated Press.


  2. ansonburlingame

     /  June 3, 2013

    Don’t we all just love Chicago style politics. Carney is a liar and Issa a felon. Hmmm? Get accused of bad policies and return the favor by accusing the accuser of more grave concerns. And we do so, politically, all the time in America today. Result is stalemate with no accusations ever proven, one way or the other.

    How many times, above did Duane lay the blame of GOP intranscience on “Scary Negros”? Are you kidding me? And when was the last time you saw Duane defend someone accused of “racism” by the Black Caucus in Congress? If you read this blog routinely over time you will find that he NEVER defends a white man accused of racism by blacks, at least that I have ever seen.

    Then turn to the Presidential campaign of last year and note the moral accusations against Romney himself. They were all down and dirty challenges against a white man accused of all sorts of moral degradations. Welcome to Chicago style politics.

    If you believe the general thrust of this blog, a blog of repentance for having been a CONSERVATIVE long ago, one must believe the entire conservative movement is made up of moral degenerates and criminals as well, by and large.

    Did the IRS do something wrong for a few years? THAT is the question before the country, as I recall, and we don’t have much of an answer, yet. But forget wrongdoing by the IRS. Let’s go prosecute an accuser of such wrong doing for old crimes never proven before.

    Is anyone else getting sick of such stuff? Ah, just clean up the GOP, leave Democrats alone, and all will be will, right?

    Oh, yes, did anyone see the latest book on states and local governments on the verge of bankruptcy? It is coming out today or tomorrow, publicly. Go check the states threatened by such problems and then listen to the outrage over the book, from………?



    • Anson,

      You wrote,

      If you believe the general thrust of this blog, a blog of repentance for having been a CONSERVATIVE long ago, one must believe the entire conservative movement is made up of moral degenerates and criminals as well, by and large.

      While there are some degenerates and criminals in the conservative movement, most conservatives are just misguided souls who haven’t yet found their way home like I have. And I’m here, sort of like a human GPS navigation system, to safely guide them to where they can enjoy being an American without worrying about the country turning into a Socialist Republic.

      You’re welcome,



  3. John

     /  June 4, 2013


    I repent for believing and trusting the words of George Bush. Now, I live with the sadness of the number of deaths of young American soldiers in Iraq and the increasing number of suicides among veterans.

    If Obama and the democrats are as you say, “Chicago style” politics, what was Bush? Texas style? What style of politics is Issa? California Style? Or Fox news Style?

    You ask, “Is anyone else getting sick of such stuff?” The Republican Party strategy since 2008 has been sickening to me in their attempt to impede politics with filibusters and block Obama at all costs. The Republican Right are witch hunters and conspiracy theorists. Birth Certificate-gate, Muslim-gate, Communist-gate, Benghazi-gate, IRS-gate. The Republican Party has zero credibility with me since Bush and Iraq-gate but even more so since 2008. Honestly, Anson, what’s worse Benghazi or Iraq? If the Republicans would hold themselves responsible for the Iraq debacle then I would consider the IRS issue but until then I smell Issa’s witch brew.


  4. LisaF

     /  June 5, 2013

    I never discuss Darrel Issa without referring to his arsonist, car theft days. I detest this man. When I think I can’t take another moment of his face I remember back to his sobs when he was maneuvered out of running in the recall of Gov Gray Davis which he financed.

    New Yorker has a very funny Borowitz report this week. ” Issa Demands Hearings Into Why No One Listens to Him.”


  5. Given what we’ve learned about “righteous” Republicans over the last quarter century, I’d suggest Issa’s bravado and zeal are the smoking guns in his arsonist affair. It would be physically impossible to look more smarmy than Issa. In GOP circles, the more more righteous indignation a member exhibits, the more sleaze he practices. The Dems need to quick farting around and go after these crooks. As for Eric Holder — who cares — he is a huge disappointment as AG. No guts. I’m worn out with wet noodle Democrats. They are betraying our trust as they lay down and let the GOP mosters roll over them.


    • “It would be physically impossible to look more smarmy than Issa.” Ain’t that the truth?

      And as far as Holder, he has had at least one shining moment when he refused to let Issa talk over him and told him,

      No – I’m not going to stop talking now…The way you conduct yourself as a member of Congress is unacceptable and shameful.”

      He deserves another year or two, if only for that exchange.



      • I agree. We’ll let him have 2. The corrupting influence of money will never die because even those without money — even those persecuted by its power are drawn (inexplicably) to the orbits of those who have it. The poor fools (like Anson) who put Republicans into office are, in fact, their most debilitated victims and their most blindly ardent foot soldiers. It makes me weep.


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