This one needs just a little explanation. Rep. Darrell Issa apparently had a disagreement with ranking minority member on the House Governmental Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, who happens to be black. During the course of a committee hearing, Issa made a reference to an accusation made by Cummings that Issa was looking to push the IRS scandal up to the White House. Said Issa: “I am always shocked when the ranking member seems to want to say- like a little boy’s whose hand is caught in the cookie jar- what hand, what cookie?” That was the comment- Issa using the common “hand in the cookie jar” metaphor to explain someone’s behavior.
Enter one of the most obnoxious voices on television today, Martin Bashir of MSNBC. His two guests were David Corn of “Mother Jones” magazine and Jonathan Capehart of the “Washington Post,” which everyone knows are the two of the most “fair and balanced” media outlets. Bashir started the racial connections between using the “B” word and directing the comment towards a black congressman. Said Capehart: “Not just boy- a little boy.” Apparently Issa did not get the latest edition of “Politically Correct Metaphors.”
But, that is not the most stupid quote to come out of what passes as an interview. Turning his attention to David Corn, Bashir said:
“…is Darrell Issa determined to become the most repugnant politician in the history of American politics, or has he already achieved that feat?”
Now, you have to admit this is a pretty stupid quote! So, let’s dissect this entire episode. Darrell Issa chairs a powerful House committee whose task it is to oversee the operations of the government. Along the way, some serious charges of IRS targeting of conservative groups emerges. The liberal press buries this scandal, but one can imagine the outcry if George W. Bush was President and the IRS was targeting Moveon.org or any other number of liberal groups. The cries of fascism would be palpable and the IRS would be likened to a modern day Gestapo. Liberals, like Elijah Cummings, would be calling for a full investigation and not deterred until he found the smoking gun that proved Bush ordered these actions.
As Issa tried to point out to in response to a charge of Cummings, he never said the scandal reached into the White House. However, perhaps his worries would be alleviated if witnesses answered questions, did not pussy foot around questions, and did not plead the Fifth before Congress. But as the liberal reaction indicates and as MSNBC fans the fires, this is not about IRS abuses. This about going after a black president (actually half-black). Why else would Issa use the “boy” reference?
This episode points out a very serious problem in American political discourse today where any comment is taken out of context and racial overtones are superimposed over innocent comments. Apparently the word “boy” is now verboten in the presence of a black person. We have the “N” word, the “F” word- actually two “F” words (one in reference to a sexual act and one in reference to one’s sexual orientation)- and now the “B” word, but only around a black person. We have a woman denigrated and chastised for using the “N” word 30 years ago and that woman happens to hail from the South and is a cook.
Getting back to Bashir, he is a SDPWOEA- a stupid dumb Pakistani with an obnoxious English accent. He places a congressman from California, merely one of 435 people in the House, among the most repugnant figures in American politics. That would possibly put him in the company of people like George Wallace or Lester Maddox who happened to be Democratic, racist governors. Or Aaron Burr or perhaps Benedict Arnold. How about John Wilkes Booth or Lee Harvey Oswald? How about James Calhoun who was most responsible for leading the southern states to secede from the Union? Roger Taney could be put on this list.
More recently, we can list people like Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner and, yes, Mark Sanford. How about Mayor Richard Daley or Illinois former-Governor Rod Blagojevich? As I write this, San Diego mayor Bob Filner’s apology for his sexist behavior is playing in the background.
To lump Darrell Issa in this group is the ultimate repugnant act from a repugnant “journalist.” Bashir made a name for himself in his native England chasing the royal family, particularly Princess Diana. With an impending royal birth, maybe he should take his repugnant butt back to merry old England and stand watch outside the hospital. When it comes to journalism, this would be a better fit for this jackass of a human.