If Mitt Romney wins the presidency in Election 2012, it may be in part due to his “bully” behavior and also as a result of Congressman Darrell Issa’s bullying President Obama. It may be shaping up that Mitt Romney will become the bully president. He won’t be like the last bully President which was Teddy Roosevelt.
Teddy was a “Rough Rider.” He actually fought in wars with boots on the ground. He went hunting too. He “walked softly and carried a big stick.”
No, Romney clomps around in the foreign policy world waving his big stick at anything that moves. Darrell Issa, a non combat veteran and former car thief turned auto alarm manufacturer may enjoy more rough riding in Congress, but at whom will he shake his stick if there is no President Obama around? Big time bullies have assistants.
“Darrell Issa’s record: Feats or flops?
By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and JAKE SHERMAN | 10/28/12 6:56 PM EDT
In the two years since putting himself in the way of the man he called “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times,” Rep. Darrell Issa has helped Republicans by grabbing headlines and providing his party with searing talking points. But he’s also undercut his efforts with mixed results and unexpected slip-ups.
With his investigation into the attack in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, he’s done all four at once.
Like with the Fast and Furious scandal, Mitt Romney’s attempts to elevate Benghazi into a central issue of the presidential campaign have a lot to do with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman’s efforts to focus and inflame questions about President Barack Obama. In this case, it’s Issa’s scrutiny of whether the administration provided adequate security for the murdered diplomats.
But that’s come at a price: Issa’s again under fire for releasing documents — this time, ones the administration says endangered lives and undermined American interests.
Despite Issa’s promises, two years in, he still hasn’t uncovered a Watergate — or even a Whitewater. He can’t claim to be responsible for any high-profile resignations or any significant change of policy or behavior from the administration. The most tangible effect Issa can claim is June’s largely partisan vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress — which the attorney general and the administration brushed off.
To the White House, Issa’s record speaks for itself: partisan noise over substance, a record of ominous talk with little to show for it except trouble.
“Our record of diligently responding to legitimate oversight requests is self-evident but so are the overt attempts by House Republicans to politicize the process in an effort to score election-year points,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz, hired two years ago specifically to handle rapid press response on nearly all of the Republican’s investigations.
Issa spokesman Frederick Hill declined comment on that charge. But he said Issa’s been a success.
“Oversight shedding light on government programs and entities failing to serve the interests of American taxpayers has been Chairman Issa’s priority since Day One,” Hill said. “When Democrats were in the majority, there was very little oversight and even less accountability. Chairman Issa has changed that.”
Democrats don’t dispute Issa’s been effective in getting attention. And in a tight election, the kind of base reaction that connects with Issa’s investigations into Libya, Fast and Furious and Solyndra may indeed be enough motivation to help put Romney over the top.
“It’s not a courtroom. It’s all about raising questions, getting the media to follow the story and to set it up for the next one,” said Tom Spulak, a former Democratic general counsel to the House.
Romney has clearly been paying attention. Asked about gun controls he’d support during the second presidential debate, Romney cited Fast and Furious to question why border patrol agents were killed by guns that were allowed into Mexico by the U.S. government. When the topic turned to energy during their first encounter in Denver, Romney referenced Solyndra and other shaky Obama-era clean-energy investments — crony capitalism, he claimed — a regular theme of Issa’s efforts.
But it’s Libya that’s become the major flash point of the items in Issa’s portfolio despite accusations from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) that along the way he’s endangered national security.”
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