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Democratic whip says House Republicans will investigate Obama

Democratic Whip, James Clyburn (D-SC), is reported by theHill.com to have warned voters that if the Republicans gain a majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans will investigate Obama to the extent that it will end functioning government in the United States for the next two years. Clyburn said:

Rep. James Clyburn

…Republicans will grind the government to a halt by issuing subpoenas against the Obama administration over a number of issues if they take power. He predicted that “gridlock” in Congress would “define” Obama’s first term if Republicans win the House, but expressed confidence his party would prevail.

Clyburn noted that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Oversight panel, has said will will issue “subpoenas everywhere” if Republicans win the majority.

This is what Issa said:

“That will make all the difference in the world,” he told 400 applauding party members during a dinner at the chocolate-themed Hershey Lodge. “I won’t use it to have corporate America live in fear that we’re going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.”

It remains to be seen how much the birther issue will energize the Democratic base.

28 Responses to Democratic whip says House Republicans will investigate Obama

  1. avatar
    nbc September 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    The party of no… Hilarious… and people still vote for them?

    Fools

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    misha September 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    You can count on it. Gingrich literally shut the government down, and they’ll do it again.

    They’ll also subpoena every record they can find on Obama, looking for dirt. The birthers are going to get their wish. They’ll try to drive him from office.

    Remember The Man? That’s exactly what is going to happen now.

    Seriously, I might go live in Amsterdam. I’m fed up, especially with the Christofascists.

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    Ouch! September 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    misha: You can count on it. Gingrich literally shut the government down, and they’ll do it again.They’ll also subpoena every record they can find on Obama, looking for dirt. The birthers are going to get their wish. They’ll try to drive him from office.Remember The Man? That’s exactly what is going to happen now.Seriously, I might go live in Amsterdam. I’m fed up, especially with the Christofascists.

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass, you traitor!

  4. avatar
    misha September 28, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Ouch!: Don’t let the door hit you in the ass, you traitor!

    Long live Lenin!!

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    FUTTHESHUCKUP September 28, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Remember when the democrats won control of Congress in 2006 and shut down the government by conducting continuous investigations of numbskull Bush and Cheney? Me neither.

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    J. Edward Tremlett September 28, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Ouch!:
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass, you traitor!

    Don’t let the sudden appearance of a brain in your head change your wonderful interpersonal communications techniques.

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    nbc September 28, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    Ouch!: Don’t let the door hit you in the ass, you traitor!

    Traitor for being upset about the tactics used by the Republicans to destroy our country? Weird.
    The good news is that they will stall any progress, and when in 2 years, the economy recovers, President Obama will easily take the elections

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    nbc September 28, 2010 at 12:53 am #

    FUTTHESHUCKUP: Remember when the democrats won control of Congress in 2006 and shut down the government by conducting continuous investigations of numbskull Bush and Cheney? Me neither.

    They should have, at least there was a real problem there. Of course, the democrats took the country before the politics. Republicans, the sore losers they are, can only hope to retreat to the past as they have nothing to offer beyond a return to feudalism

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    gorefan September 28, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    nbc: The good news is that they will stall any progress, and when in 2 years, the economy recovers, President Obama will easily take the elections

    A repeat of 1996.

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    FUTTHESHUCKUP September 28, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    nbc:
    They should have, at least there was a real problem there. Of course, the democrats took the country before the politics. Republicans, the sore losers they are, can only hope to retreat to the past as they have nothing to offer beyond a return to feudalism

    My heart sank when Pelosi became Speaker and spoke the words, “Impeachment is off the table.” It was a very big mistake. Bush should have been held accountable for his lies. Now the idiots want to create reasons to harass this president just for the politics of it.

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    Lupin September 28, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    This might verge on being OT, and I certainly do not mean to offend anyone, but I honestly wonder as to the state of democracy in your country.

    To have a democratic country, you need at least two reasonable parties — a sane alternative and a balance between right and left. When due to a rare fluke, the 2002 French presidential elections pitted rightish Chirac against loony right Le Pen (instead of the leftish candidate as should normally have been the case), Chirac ended up with 85% of the vote, but that wasn’t democracy in action, because it meant that the lefty voters had no real choice.

    The same is true of Russia today — whatever one might think of Putin or his party, he is/they are (for a variety of reasons I don’t pretend to fully understand or go into here) the only viable alternative.

    As much as I admire your Rep. Kucinich he too is not a viable alternative, no more than Nader. Your system is built around two parties, and right now, one of your parties, the Republican Party, has been hijacked by lunatics totally unqualified to run a country.

    That it is polling the in the 50% is IMHO more an indication of previous voting habits — I don’t actually believe that 50% of American voters are lunatics. (Although a disturbingly high number seems to be.)

    But for all practical purposes it means that democracy may be dying in your country.

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    NbC September 28, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    gorefan: A repeat of 1996.

    That does have a certain irony, does it not? Ignorant of history, the republicans are eager to repeat it.

  13. avatar
    ellid September 28, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    Doc C – the Darrell Issa quote is from Dailykos.com and has been out in public for at least a month, possibly longer.

    Mischa – if Sarah Palin becomes President I am contacting the Canadian consulate and seeing what I need to do to emigrate.

    Lupin – I think you’re right, and I am terrified.

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    Dr. Conspiracy September 28, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    ellid: Doc C – the Darrell Issa quote is from Dailykos.com and has been out in public for at least a month, possibly longer.

    Thanks, I see why I couldn’t find the quote. Clyburn saiid “everywhere” but Issa said “everything.”

    I just watched the movie “Good night and good luck” about Edward R. Murrow and the McCarthy hearings. I would hate to see a witch hunt like that again.

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    Dr. Conspiracy September 28, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Lupin: But for all practical purposes it means that democracy may be dying in your country.

    My civics teacher in high school described American politics as a pendulum. If it swings too far in one direction, it swings back equally in the other direction. Based on that model, one would expect the Tea Party to be answered by a more authentic party on the left. We shall see.

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    misha September 28, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: I just watched the movie “Good night and good luck” about Edward R. Murrow and the McCarthy hearings. I would hate to see a witch hunt like that again.

    There’s 72% chance it will happen, and there will be a witch hunt, like Clinton. It’s a bizarre marriage of evangelicals and neocons.

    My Chinese Buddhist wife constantly rags on me that we produced a shonde like Kristol. All those neocons are nogoodniks. We produced that bum Orly.

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    Lupin September 28, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: My civics teacher in high school described American politics as a pendulum. If it swings too far in one direction, it swings back equally in the other direction. Based on that model, one would expect the Tea Party to be answered by a more authentic party on the left. We shall see.

    From your mouth to God’s ears.

    While they are always extreme lunatics in every country, including mine, and indeed some of the opposition to FDR in the 1930s was just as crazy as today’s Tea Partyiers, the phenenomenon of 24/7 cable news TV has, I think, given far more importance to the far right in the US than ever before. Barry Goldwater (who today would be considered only moderate right) did not have Fox to hammer a bunch of insanities into the minds of their followers. That has changed the game rules.

    As for the role of the Left in American politics, I wonder if the fulcrum of your pendulum hasn’t moved for good. The idea that Obama is considered as being on the Left by some Americans is enough to make one laugh — or cry. I’m still waiting for Noah Chomsky to be a regular guest on your Sunday Morning talk shows. The Democrats enjoy “hippie punching” in the news with such regularity that my friends who are Democrats now sound to me like battered wives clinging to their abusive husbands because it’s better than being alone.

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    Lupin September 28, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: I just watched the movie “Good night and good luck” about Edward R. Murrow and the McCarthy hearings.

    This was a terrific movie — inspiring. I have a satellite dish & we watch a lot of Sky TV and therefore US and UK programs; French TV is utterly appalling.

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    DaveH September 28, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    I find it hard to believe that there is that much voter apathy on the Democratic side. Everyone I know, says they’re going to vote in this upcoming election when they ordinarily would not have voted.

    There’s no way I want the Republicans to take over again. This would be the same thing they did to Bill Clinton and the main reason I moved away from the Republican party. I am sick and tired of nothing getting done in DC because Republicans are either investigating or holding things up so they can get their way.

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    richCares September 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    today’s hearing on Lakin
    all Lakin motions “DENIED”
    Hearing this, the civilian defense counsel remarked that this gutted the defense case, and he had to put on some sort of defense.
    .
    Apparently, Lakin is chomping at the bit to testify in his own defense, so that might be the sum total of the defense case after today’s rulings.

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    Keith September 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Lupin: This was a terrific movie — inspiring. I have a satellite dish & we watch a lot of Sky TV and therefore US and UK programs; French TV is utterly appalling.

    Ahh… but don’t you have the opportunity to watch Italian TV 😉

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    Majority Will September 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    richCares: today’s hearing on Lakin
    all Lakin motions “DENIED”
    Hearing this, the civilian defense counsel remarked that this gutted the defense case, and he had to put on some sort of defense.
    .
    Apparently, Lakin is chomping at the bit to testify in his own defense, so that might be the sum total of the defense case after today’s rulings.

    DENIED makes sense sometimes for someone heavily in DENIAL.

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    Keith September 29, 2010 at 3:06 am #

    Majority Will:
    DENIED makes sense sometimes for someone heavily in DENIAL.

    Shouldn’t that be ‘deeply in DE NILE’? Because he certainly is in a lot of hot water.

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    Lupin September 29, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    Keith:
    Ahh… but don’t you have the opportunity to watch Italian TV

    I would–if I spoke Italian! Where we are we could get Spanish TV, which I could follow, but I don’t feel sufficiently motivated. French TV with a few exceptions is terrible. I would single out for praise an excellent series of MAIGRET adaptations made during the 90s starring Bruno Cremer who unfortunately passed away recently. But these are few and far between.

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    joeymac September 29, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    Mischa – if Sarah Palin becomes President I am contacting the Canadian consulate and seeing what I need to do to emigrate.

    That will be small comfort if she gets us blown up; the fallout will devastate Canada too.

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    ellid September 29, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    joeymac:
    That will be small comfort if she gets us blown up; the fallout will devastate Canada too.

    It’s the only place I can move to and still keep my pets and my books. I’d LOVE to move to Italy or Wales, but it’s not happening.

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    Majority Will September 29, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Keith:
    Shouldn’t that be deeply in DE NILE’? Because he certainly is in a lot of hot water.

    But he has the most unqualified, incompetent dog bite attorney that gullible birthers’ money can buy! I hope his JAG attorney has CHA.

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    Keith September 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Lupin: I would–if I spoke Italian!

    Yeah, but…

    My experience is that you don’t need a sound track to understand boobs and bums.