"Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!"
-- Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4
Yes, aggrieved beyond his ability to contain himself by the out-Heroding Herodic awfulness of the "Chicago-style politics" of a certain White House Chief of Staff, Representative Darrell Issa (R - Persecuted Whitey Falls, CA) donned his nighted colors, mounted his trusty hobbyhorse "Lamentation" and rode his own, personal Trail of Crocodile Tears all the way around D.C. and back again.
It was all vewy, vewy sad (From NBC News):
Chicago Politics Rankle GOP Heavies
The ranking member of the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Darrell Issa, is taking issue with the invective-spouting, political superstar from Chicago known as Rahm Emanuel.
Issa is upset over a series of reports that the White House Chief of Staff has been orchestrating an effort to intimidate members Congress and Governors who speak poorly about the stimulus program.
“I and others have dared to bring these facts to the attention of President Obama, the Congress and the American people,” Issa wrote. “You’ve unfortunately reacted by once again resorting to the playbook of the Chicago political machine.”
Issa’s language can be tied directly to a Politico story that said Emanuel “launched a coordinated effort to jam” critics of the plan. The “jamming” amounted to Emanuel asking Cabinet members to write letters lambasting the naysayers.
So as you can see, stripped of all its sackcloth, ashes and stigmata, Representative Issa's outrage boils down to the fact that the Chief of Staff has gotten some Administration officials to write mean letters like this to some of the Republicans who have been trying to kneecap the President's stimulus package.
Letter from Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation:On Sunday, Arizona Senator Jon Kyl publicly questioned whether the stimulus is working and stated that he wants to cancel projects that aren’t presently underway. I believe the stimulus has been very effective in creating job opportunities throughout the country. However, if you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know [emphasis added].
This, according to Representative Issa...
(whose website links no less of an authority on temperate language and calm reflection than...is apparently a textbook example of the horrors of "Chicago-style politics".
to limn the Representative’s own fanboy love of moderation and probity)
No, Representative Issa, writing stern letters would be a textbook example of Minneapolis-style politics.
Chicago-style politics, on the other hand, would be if Rahm Emanuel showed up in the House parking garage and proceeded to wallop you in the head with a snow shovel while screaming "Who you think you faaaahkin' with, Issa!" until you stopped twitching.
See the difference?
To be fair, Representative Issa might have had more to say on the subject that I just couldn’t hear over the bellowing of the wind-up Flying Patriot Monkeys his Party’s corporate sponsors have dispatched all over the country to drown out anything resembling reasonable debate over health care.
I really do hope we live to tell the tale…
And when you've taken down your guard
If I could change your mind, I'd really love to break your heart
I'd really love to…