Throwing an Issa Fit
Congressman Darryl Issa silenced Congressman Elijah Cummings, who was using his silence as part of a mainstream-media campaign to silence critics of Lois Lerner's silence regarding the IRS's silencing of conservatives groups trying to silence the IRS.
Did you get all that?
Let me see if I can walk you through the twists and turns of a week's worth of developments in the IRS scandal.
You probably already know that Rep. Issa, the dogged GOP chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, got in a non-shouting match last week with Rep. Cummings. Here's how the Washington Post reported the kerfuffle:
The clash came Wednesday morning as the committee met for a hearing as part of the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting controversy. After peppering former IRS official Lois Lerner, who invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, with questions, Issa adjourned the meeting without giving Democrats an opportunity to speak.
Cummings asked that the hearing be continued, but Issa refused and had Cummings’s microphone turned off. Republicans on the panel, led by Issa, then walked out of the room while the enraged Maryland congressman continued to speak.
Other reports were, shall we say, more dramatic -- but we'll get to that momentarily.
Issa sees things a bit differently, as he told Megyn Kelly on FOX News:
“You know if I had to do it over again I probably would have sat there for a very long time, let him say a lot of things and then finished, walked away,” Issa said. “But you know what, we’re all human it was a long day and I didn’t break any rules, I did everything according to the rules, he wasn’t denied any due process."
Issa also criticized Cummings for breaking the “decorum” of the House to launch what he thinks was a pre-planned event.
“The fact is I did things according to the rules, I followed a script and then Mr. Cummings decided to have quite a hissy fit,” he said.
I'm out of order? You're out of order! This whole Congress is out of order!
Whatever the truth is, the incident has given Democrats and the gatekeepers of the mainstream media -- a difference without distinction, I grant you -- an opportunity to wring their hands and pat their brows.