What Would a Repub Congress Investigate?
by Nathan Empsall, Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 04:01:40 PM EDT
The DCCC sent out a fundraising e-mail earlier this week in Speaker Pelosi’s name trying to use GOP subpoena power as a rallying cry for Democrats. With the subject line “Endless Investigations,” Pelosi said, “They will bring back the days of Ken Starr and the politics of personal destruction, including endless investigations against President Obama, while continuing to put corporate special interests first.”
I rolled my eyes when I saw this on Wednesday, remembering 2006 when we liked the idea of Congress investigating the White House. Granted, Obama is no Bush and Axelrod is no Rove, but it still struck me as hypocritical to call the very thing we campaigned on in 2006 the end of the world. Until just now when I saw this – Bill Randall, Repub candidate in NC-13, suggested that BP and the government teamed up to cause the oil spill on purpose, and that subpoenas should be issued: "Now, I’m not necessarily a conspiracy person, and I do not think enough investigation has been done on this… Personally I feel there's a possibility that there was some sort of collusion... I'm not saying there necessarily is, but I think that there are enough facts on the table for people that are really need to do so to do some investigative research and find out what went on with that and subpoenaing, getting a subpoena of records and everything else.”
Granted, this happened June 16, an eternity in blog time - my bad for missing it at the time (blame travel). But it's gained new life since then given than Randall won his June 22 runoff and is now the GOP's official nominee.
This is what the Repub Party stands for now? And I thought Rand Paul was crazy. CNN’s Carl Sanchez aptly compares this to the 9/11 “Truthers.” All the more reason to support progressive candidates and avoid a GOP takeover. Randall's oponent, btw, is Rep. Brad Miller. Charlie Cook rates this race as a "solid D", thank God, but Randall's kooky ilk do stand chances to win in places like KY-SEN and NV-SEN.