Meet Darrell Issa. Issa is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represents California’s forty-ninth congressional district.
Issa has long been known for his inappropriate behavior. Once, as chairman of a congressional committee, he turned off the microphone of a fellow committee member because he didn’t like what that member was saying. He lied about President Obama’s role – or, more precisely, his non-role – in an IRS scandal. He said the attacks on the World Trade Center were just airplane crashes and didn’t merit federal relief aid. He attacked the families of people killed by Bush administration-hired mercenaries in Iraq. When Congress sought emails about the Valerie Plame controversy from the Bush administration and millions of those emails “disappeared,” he blamed it on a software glitch. He blamed brushes with the law when he was young on his brother. There’s more, but you get the idea: the guy’s a loon.
Two weeks ago a reporter tried to ask Issa what he thought about the controversy surrounding the firing of FBI director James Comey.
Issa could have said nothing.
He could have said “No comment.”
He could have said “I’m still reviewing the situation.”
He could have said “I’m on my way to a meeting (appointment, hearing, the floor), catch up to me later.”
He could have said “Call my office and make an appointment and we’ll talk.”
There may have been a hundred reasonable ways for Issa to avoid addressing that particular issue at that particular moment. So which one did he choose? What did he do?
He gave the reporter the finger.
Flipped her the bird.
Darrell Issa is a nitwit.