The current back story quietly spinning along brought to mind something candidate Obama said during the primaries. Talking about the “the battles of the ’90s” in order to make the case for his candidacy and turning the page from the past and what happened back then. If Darrell Issa has his way, Pres. Obama may find out that many of “the battles of the ’90s” happened beyond what Clinton could control. Sometimes it’s simply about politics and the way Republicans see their role against a Democratic president.
Issa has told Republican leadership that if he becomes chairman, he wants to roughly double his staff from 40 to between 70 and 80. And he is not subtle about what that means for President Barack Obama.
At a recent speech to Pennsylvania Republicans here, he boasted about what would happen if the GOP wins 39 seats, and he gets the power to subpoena.
“That will make all the difference in the world,” he told 400 applauding party members during a dinner at the chocolate-themed Hershey Lodge. “I won’t use it to have corporate America live in fear that we’re going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.”
See the press salivate. We just cannot resist this stuff. The Watergate furor of the 1990s, everyone hoping to be the next Woodward or Bernstein, fueled the fury, even when nothing was there, that is until Bill handed them what they wanted through the Monica mess.
As for David Wiegel’s Clinton scandals of the ’90s swipe, he represents a “new” generation of Washington Post hacks who grew up swallowing everything Jeff Gerth and Sally Quinn ever wrote about the Clintons through a straw.
Candidate Obama was naive in the extreme when he talked about “the battles of the ’90s.” If Republicans take back the House he might find out just how naive first hand.
Even if it amounts to nothing, Issa obviously hopes to pave the way for Republicans in 2012.
This essay has been updated.