Aug 27, 2010

More incentive for Democrats to go all out in November

If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is:

Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democrat allies if they win back the majority.

From a report the invetstigations will cover everything "from the microscopic -- the New Black Panther party -- to the massive -- think bailouts -- is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides.

Their veil of secrecy may end in 2011

The White House and Democrat leaders in Congress have been working behind a veil of secrecy while claiming transparency.

That could all change in 2011 as the investigations get under way.

Republican staffers say there won’t be any self-destructive witch hunts, but they clearly are relishing the prospect of extracting information from an administration that touts transparency.

A handful of aggressive would-be committee chairmen -- led by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) -- are quietly gearing up for a possible season of subpoenas not seen since the Clinton wars of the late 1990s.

More here.