Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R) “former role as chairman of the House Oversight Committee catapulted him to national fame, but it also brought a reputation for rabid partisanship and attention from national Democrats, who came within a few thousand votes of handing Issa the first loss of his career.
“Now, as the Southern California Republican scrambles to adjust to life under President Trump after winning reelection narrowly, strategists in the state wonder whether his support for executive oversight will be what pulls him back from the political ledge in 2018 or finally pushes him over it.
“The political calculus for Issa is complex. Too aggressive an approach could isolate him from the die-hard Republicans who populate some parts of his district, and it could antagonize Trump, whom Issa endorsed in May. But holding back too much could invite charges of hypocrisy after years of aggressive oversight of the Obama administration and hinder his ability to win swing voters in a district that Hillary Clinton carried.” (Hotline reporting)
PRESSURE BACK HOME. “Hundreds of protesters plan to rally outside of … Issa’s Vista office Tuesday.” (CBS)