The Obama administration is about to get a new dose of accountability in addition, you know, to what it gets from White House Dossier.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who took over the investigative panel in January following the the Republican victory in November, is starting to crank out subpoenas and launch investigations.
Every administration needs oversight, and this administration has had next to none. That’s going to change.
As first reported by Pajamas Media yesterday, Issa along with Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) just sent a letter to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro demanding to know why she tapped someone to represent the agency in the Bernie Madoff matter who had profited from Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Issa has already subpoenaed Department of Homeland Security officials to answer questions about the possible politicization of the timing of the release of documents.
But Issa will have to steer clear of his own politicization. The Oversight panel is an easy tool to be used to create political circuses out of questionable allegations. If he wants to conduct investigations that have force and can resist the inevitable charges of “smear” from the White House, he’ll need to pick his fights and make sure they are necessary ones.
There will be plenty of corruption, incompetence, and impropriety in the Obama administration to legitimately root out. Not because the Obamaites are different than others who have run the country, but because they are not.
Here’s Issa’s mission statement. It’s long on sanctimony. We’ll see if he’s serious.