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Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Darrell Issa holds a hearing on
House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's mendacity has gotten so out of hand that even Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace is grilling him about it. On Sunday, Wallace pressed Issa to explain two whoppers in particular, both of which earned him a coveted "4 Pinocchio" verdict from Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, and both of which—surprise, surprise—focused on Hillary Clinton and Benghazi.

And, as you might have already guessed, his defense of his previous whoppers earned Darrell yet another 4 Pinocchio rating. Specifically, he defended his first mistruth by saying he was simply "quoting something that was in somebody else’s report, believing that it was true." If you're a pathological liar, blaming someone else is never a credible defense, but in this case it's even more ridiculous because the report Issa claims was written by "somebody else" was actually issued under—you guessed it—his name. So he was quoting his own report, which was wrong. In short: Liar, liar.

Issa's defense of his second whopper didn't even address the central problem with his claim, which was that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to stand down from sending military assets to save American lives in Benghazi. That's a crazy accusation to make, but Issa never offered any evidence to support it, which—when combined with the breadth of what he was claiming—was the reason Kessler awarded him four Pinocchios in the first place. And his failure once again to offer any evidence for his position won him another four.

All in all, though, I'm sure Issa thinks the four Pinocchio awards are a small price to pay for his true goal: Saying "Benghazi" to the Republican faithful as many times as he possibly can before Hillary Clinton is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.

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  •  In a way, I feel his pain (13+ / 0-)
    Specifically, he defended his first mistruth by saying he was simply "quoting something that was in somebody else’s report, believing that it was true."
    after all I once quoted somebody else's report that this guy wasn't a complete fuckwad slash sociopath slash arsonist believing it to be true.

    Boy, was I embarrassed to have done that.  Luckily it was in real life, not on the internet, so nobody out there knows about it . . .

  •  I figured this was going to be some matryoshka (7+ / 0-)

    reference given the situation in the Ukraine. You know Issa is going to stick his nose in that eventually. But no, another Benghazi lie from the car thief and bad voice actor. Sigh... Darrell, Darrell, Darrell... what are we going to do when you get booted from Congress?

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:24:12 PM PST

  •  Jed, I'm focused on 2014. HrC is a distraction. We (0+ / 0-)

    must focus on the present if we wish to secure the future, imho.

  •  Hey! Those dolls come to life, you know. (2+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, wader

    Whats not to love about dancing, skipping dolls?  And, just what kind of demon are you anyway?

    It's all a Communist PLOT!

    by quiet in NC on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:27:24 PM PST

  •  minor quibble (3+ / 0-)
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    All in all, though, I'm sure Issa thinks the four Pinocchio awards are a small price to pay for his true goal: Saying "Benghazi" to the Republican faithful as many times as he possibly can Before, during and after Hillary Clinton is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.
    •  Seems rather gratuitous and premature (0+ / 0-)

      It could well have been worded differently to reflect the reality instead of merely the author's hoped upon outcome.

      An example of a better phrasing would be, "Saying 'Benghazi' to Republican partisans who care nothing for the truth of the matter as many times as Issa possibly can in an attempt to speciously and slanderously damage the reputation and prospects of Democrat's leading potential candidate for President in 2016."

      Of course, this still kind of neglects that Issa & Co. are actually trying to influence the pool of potential voters who might consider voting for Hillary, and are not simply playing to their own base. This isn't just being said to Republicans, nor are they the primary targets; while there is an element of self-promotion, there is little cause for concern they would lose their core fanatics who eat this stuff up.

      Regardless, there was absolutely no need to alienate those Democrats who might feel that such coronations aren't quite so pragmatic as some would lead us to believe. The author's statement as worded only serves as a distraction and divisive tool, which disservices the diary.

      •  I was thinking of how we still hear (0+ / 0-)

        about birth certificates

        •  That's fine. (0+ / 0-)

          Pardon my confusion, but you made no mention of Obama or birth certificates initially, and I haven't yet fully developed my mind reading skills, so there was some lack of clarity. I'm still unsure how that is supposed to constitute a "minor quibble." Apparently, it was just a bit of snark?

          Regardless, I stand by my comment; I thought it raised some valid points, though it now appears it was misplaced and should have stood alone here. I apologize that I misunderstood your comment for a like-minded sentiment, but hopefully it should now be discernable how it might easily have been misinterpreted, and my faux pas will be overlooked. I should probably inquire first before making any possibly erroneous presumptions, in order to avoid just these kinds of situations.

  •  Basic Issa Strategy - Lie Loudly, Lie Frequently (6+ / 0-)

    Repeat, repeat, repeat.

    And wait for Cokie's Law to kick in.

    Actually, that's the whole GOP play book right there.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:31:26 PM PST

  •  So .... the Blue Fairy throws her leg (0+ / 0-)

    over Pinocchio's face and says:

    "Tell me how you LOVE me, you big wooden bastard !"

    The Republican electorate feels  very much the same way.

  •  He needs to go shopping. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sue B

    His pants are burned to a crisp.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:34:43 PM PST

  •  If lying about Benghazi is "worse than Watergate" (2+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, sharman

    then surely Darrell Issa has earned the right to be removed from office 20 or 30 times.

    My only regret is that he has only one office to give for his country.

    Purity is for primaries; in the general, our worst are better than their best.

    by blue aardvark on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:36:08 PM PST

  •  Must be nice (0+ / 0-)

    To get paid for being a total asshole.

  •  C'mon (1+ / 0-)
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    He's not into "wooden noses."

    That sick fuck is probably into "Latex Noses," but my upper 'empathy-mode' just has him as being a nothing and an empty-soul.

    No Kolab for him.

    Because I'm Mormon and judgmental.

    Holy shit! Now I'm channeling Mitt, or "The Beave" or some other hot-damn Wall Street fake entity with ethics and a vision.

    I wonder if Willard took Dragnet to heart as a rich-child left alone with a television-set. Joe Friday versus Blue-boy.

    I really, really should knock-off with the shrooms..

    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:42:44 PM PST

  •  They always get away with it... (1+ / 0-)
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    Look at the litany of lies; Deathpanels, govt. takeover of HC, birth cert., victory mosque, Benghazi, etc...
    The right wing propagandists throw something at the wall, it sticks until its debunked, and they move on to a fresh "outrage."
    But, they never do get called on their pathological lying. The Dem's, and the media need to do a better job pointing this out.

  •  It's funny when Fox has to make sure (1+ / 0-)
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    the crazy stays within a certain threshold. It's got to be a real balancing act over there. Similarly with this AZ discrimination bill.

    "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

    by McWaffle on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:49:36 PM PST

  •  He has "support" from Inhofe (1+ / 0-)
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    Liars supporting liars:

    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Monday said President Obama lied about the terrorist attack in Benghazi during an interview that aired before the Super Bowl.

    . . .

    “It’s just an outrageous lie. It’s kind of hard to call it anything else. It’s kind of like ObamaCare and the things he said in the beginning and now he’s denying it,” Inhofe said during a radio interview on 1170 KFAQ’s "The Pat Campbell Show," which based in Tulsa, Okla.

    . . .

    “I will say this till my dying day, I know people don’t realize it now, that’s going to go down in history as the greatest cover-up. And I’m talking about the Pentagon Papers, Iran-Contra, Watergate and the rest of them,” Inhofe said.

    Like Issa, his accusations are all dirty smoke, burning the oil in their broken engines until they finally seize - hoping that faith in their path will miraculously fix the lack of maintenance they never paid more.  Inohofe's lying about global climate change on behalf of polluting business interests is similar in tone and faith-based purpose, I feel.

    The comments to this quoted article are actually worse than the politician's vapid claims, BTW.  Programmed right-wingers live in scary, made-up worlds that they reinforce and build up into fully realized, imagined landscapes from each other's added ideas - they implicitly feel that placing lies and facts without context into a desired narrative is how they must defend their worldview.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:18:30 PM PST

  •  Issa's endless quest for relevance... He kids (0+ / 0-)

    himself if he thinks anyone wants him to seek higher office.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:14:13 PM PST

  •  darrell issa (0+ / 0-)

    is a thug and a liar not worthy of holding a seat in congress, the voters of his district should be ashamed of themselves for electing him for another term.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  Bill Maher's Favorite Rep!! (0+ / 0-)

    He must be doing something right, he is on with Bill Maher every other week.  

    "This is our version of capitalism: a system of economic policies that benefit the extremely wealthy, and the rest survive as best they can."-- Chomsky

    by truthronin on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:52:44 PM PST

  •  What do we expect from a crook (0+ / 0-)

    anyway? Darrel Issa's entire life is built on lies. The guy is a car thief and an arsenist. But then again he is in good company with other Teapublicans.

  •  Can he be impeached ? (1+ / 0-)
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    Sue B

    He has been caught lying too many times.
    He has spent too much money chasing ghosts.
    He has wasted valuable time trying to damage Hillary Clinton with "Benghazi" ( Proven  not to have any connection to Hillary Clinton.)  
    He continues to waste time and money on Benghazi.

    At what point do we vote him off the island ?

    How about now ?

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:54:55 PM PST

  •  Naw, Issa does not love wooden dolls with long (0+ / 0-)

    noses, the asshole IS Pinocchio!

    "Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, The Moon, and The Truth." Buddha

    by Grandson named me Papa on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:07:53 PM PST

  •  Beep,beep,where's my car? (0+ / 0-)

    Issa is the biggest liar  we have seen.  They must get a lot of extra cash for these stupid committees of his.  He is such a fool that we all see it.  He is so arrogant even though he always turns out wrong.  There is a special place in hell reserved for him.

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