Congressman Suggests Issa Install Pool to Root Out Suspected Witches

Democrat Tony Cardenas trolls Darrell Issa in calling for a “Senator Joseph R. McCarthy Memorial Truth Pond.”

National Journal
Sarah Mimms
July 25, 2014, 10:43 a.m.

Rep. Tony Carde­n­as took the in­creas­ing snip­ing between Demo­crats and House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dar­rell Issa to new and more sar­cast­ic heights on Fri­day, send­ing out a press re­lease call­ing on the chair­man to in­stall a pool in the com­mit­tee’s hear­ing room.

“… It is clearly ob­vi­ous that witches can only be found by dunk­ing them in wa­ter,” Carde­n­as wrote in a press re­lease dir­ec­ted at Issa on Fri­day. “If they float they’re a witch. If they don’t, in­stalling a pool will al­low us to re­trieve the non-witch be­fore he or she drowns.”

Fur­ther rib­bing Issa, Carde­n­as went on to sug­gest that the pool be christened the “Sen­at­or Joseph R. Mc­Carthy Me­mori­al Truth Pond.”

For years, Demo­crats have been ac­cus­ing Issa of us­ing his chair­man­ship to con­duct “witch hunts” against ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials. But the rhet­or­ic on both sides has grown nas­ti­er in re­cent months as Issa has sub­poenaed IRS Com­mis­sion­er Lois Lern­er and, most re­cently, Dav­id Si­mas, the dir­ect­or of the White House’s Of­fice of Polit­ic­al Strategy. The bick­er­ing hit a high point in March when Issa cut off rank­ing mem­ber Eli­jah Cum­mings’s mi­cro­phone at the end of a hear­ing with Lern­er, for­cing the Mary­land Demo­crat to shout in or­der to cri­ti­cize the chair­man’s hand­ling of the in­vest­ig­a­tion.

Giv­en the es­cal­a­tion, per­haps a scene sim­il­ar to the one be­low would not com­pletely out of place in the Over­sight Com­mit­tee hear­ing room.

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Al­though Carde­n­as on Fri­day took Demo­crats’ rhet­or­ic on Issa’s chair­man­ship to its most ab­surd level yet, he did kindly of­fer to al­low staffers and mem­bers to use the pool re­cre­ation­ally when it’s not in use by the com­mit­tee.

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