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January 3, 2014 - 8:46 am

Citing investigate efforts from Fast and Furious to the IRS scandal, Human Events named House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) its “conservative of the year.”

The newspaper said Issa received the award “for his tireless insistence on the free flow of information from government to its citizens, his confidence that free people can make wise decisions when provided with good data, and his determination to restrain the size of government.”

“When the Left crows that Oversight hearings can’t seem to get anyone fired, they reveal a dismaying lack of interest in the honest and efficient management of the massive government they believe morally entitled, and intellectually qualified, to run so much of American life.  They’re also forgetting how many astonishing things have been said by nervous officials in Issa’s hearing rooms,” the article announcing Issa’s selection said.

“As Chairman of the Committee for Oversight and Government Reform, I have endeavored to defend the American people’s right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. Increased transparency leads to increased accountability. Abuses occur under every Administration, but today with a sweeping new health care law, an IRS that got caught abusing its authority, and abuses of powerful technology to eavesdrop on American citizens, government is playing a more intrusive role in our lives than ever before. I view this award as recognizing the importance of oversight, a fundamental responsibility of Congress that has a been a greater point emphasis over the last year than any other point in my 13 years of public service,” Issa said in response.

“This year, the Oversight Committee focused on the many problems with ObamaCare and HealthCare.gov, the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, excessive government conference spending, ending billions in waste in federal IT procurement, stopping Medicaid fraud in New York and finding answers about the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, among many other issues. We have also advanced bipartisan legislation to improve transparency and spending, the DATA Act, which creates an online database so Americans can see just where their tax dollars are going, and pushed for postal reforms that would save taxpayers billions.”

Who’s your pick for conservative of the year?

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Issa is better than most of them, but will he go to the mat?

Ted Cruz will.
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Jeff Sessions would be high on the list. He's quiet, effective and not a grandstander. He does the right things, for the right reasons...with a servants heart.

It's either him or Obama's drunk uncle, the only person to call Obama a liar and make the charges stick all year.
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I just want to mention a couple of others.

Dr. Ben Carson, for his challenge of Obama early in 2013 when the chips were down at the prayer breakfast and his voice of calm wisdom and reason throughout the year.

Sarah Palin, because Mama Grizzly is still going rogue and challenging the Left voiceferously whilst giving voice to the Tea Party, everywhere.

Honorable Mentions, Louie Gohmert and Steve King for the courage to face down the media banshees on several issues, including Amnesty.

Mike Lee, he might not be as flashy as Ted Cruz, but he has intestinal fortitude and the courage of his convictions. Anybody would be lucky to count him as a comrade in arms.

Trey Gowdy, for his fiery questioning in House committee hearings on the IRS and Benghazi.....and having the sense to back away from Amnesty.

Jim Demint, who seems to be doing good things at the Heritage Foundation.

Tim Scott, Jim Demint's replacement in the Senate and solid member of the Tea Party Caucus. Tim Scott is a good and honest man.

Matt Bevin, Lee Bright, and Joe Carr for standing up to the RINOs and challenging them in the Primaries. There are others, and I apologize for not listing them.

J. Christian Adams....for continuing to hold Eric Holder and the DoJ's feet to the fire. Yeoman's work informing a larger audience in that regard.

The members and attorneys of the American Center for Law and Justice and the Thomas More Center. May God bless them. Their work is starting to get more and more notice, and rightly so.

The Conservative Treehouse blog The Last Refuge....who shed so much light to a wider audience with regards to the George Zimmerman case.

Ben Shapiro and John Nolte who are continuing to make Breitbart News a force to be reckoned with.

And to the whole gang at PJ Media, except you Moran. Who continue to provide quality commentary and news. Special shout outs to Dr. Helen, Ed Driscoll, and Spengler an as mentioned earlier J. Christian Adams from myself. Ive been pretty impressed with newish comer Roger Kimball's prolific enthusiastic informed writing as well. And don't forget Brigette Johnson. VDH's excellent summations and accountings.

Ill leave it at that.



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Ted Cruz
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To me it's Ted Cruz, followed by Allen West, then Sarah Palin.
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There are some decent politicians and pundits. I'm still a big Sarah Palin fan. She stands up for principle.
If I had to pick a conservative of the year it would be faceless Everyman, just regular folks who haven't bought into the statist agenda, are quietly holding the forces of dissolution at bay. They are people who love their spouses, parent their children, cherish our freedom, relish our history and traditions , believe in a transcendent God or at least higher principles.
I think if we get through this dark time, it will not be because somebody rode in on a white horse and saved us, but because there were enough patriots left who still believe in the "land of the free and the home of the brave"
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Issa is better than most of them, but will he go to the mat?

Ted Cruz will.
15 weeks ago
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Nothing has been done about the IRS or Fast & Furious.
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I would say it is Tom Fitton (of Judicial Watch). Through his Freedom of Information requests he has exposed the corruption, cronyism, and malfeasance of the Obama administration. (But he also exposes certain failures of the establishment GOP -- their lack of resolve, Boehner's capitulations to Democrats, etc).
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Ted Cruz.
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Issa is the right pick.
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"Who’s your pick for conservative of the year?"

Kathleen Sibelius. No one's done more over the last year to demonstrate the rightness of limited-government conservatism.
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There is one other...

Starts with the letter 'O' - and I'll let you guess the rest.


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