A few thoughts on round one of today’s House Oversight Committee’s IRS hearings:
(1) Right out of the gate, Democrats’ top priority was attacking Chairman Issa — accusing him of overreaching and conducting committee business in an overly partisan manner. Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings also asserted his desire to “get to the bottom” of the IRS scandal, intoning that he’s seeking, “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” But just last month, he called the IRS affair “solved.” Rep. Gerry Connolly, a liberal from Virginia, spent his entire question period upbraiding Issa and launching pre-emptive strikes against the Inspector General, who will testify later. He did not ask a single question of the witnesses. Democrats also launched broadsides against Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio over statements those Senators have made about the IRS.