A History Lesson For Darrell Issa

issa_cries_2003(I have to admit that I’d “well up” if I did something as ridiculous as Issa did here, though hopefully I’d know not to instead.)

I really don’t know what else there is to say about how far the Republican Party has sunk in this country; all you need to do is read this to get a pretty good indication.

It’s bad enough that they are preparing a counter proposal to the Obama budget on April Fools Day (here). It’s bad enough that the party can’t even post approval gains beyond the statistical margin of error from week to week, as noted here (yes, I know everything will tighten up more over time). And it’s also bad enough that they can’t escape the perpetual infighting that so frequently makes its way into the public forum (here).

(OK, to be fair, I should note that the Dems have a bit of a “dirty laundry” problem too, particularly given the fact that the Senate Majority Leader seems to have no issue at all with being flayed in the media, but he seems to leap into umbrage mode at the slightest criticism from the constituency which has revived the party from a bunch of perennially losing DLC-simpatico Repug wannabes into the ruling majority, based on this…it would almost be worth it to see him actually lose next year.)

Update: Gee, Harry, you’re a real “rocket scientist,” you know that? Maybe there was a reason why I did this (to be fair, though, Reid’s name wasn’t on the list).

That was a rather lengthy setup, I’ll admit, to the story from The Politico yesterday, telling us the following…

House Republicans (namely, Darrell Issa of CA) are pressing for a change in federal law that could force Michelle Obama and future first ladies to do more of their policy work in public. But Democrats warn President Obama may take the attempt personally “as an attack on his wife.”

More transparency on the part of the first lady, huh? What an insignificant little toad you are, Issa. You have less than nothing, so all you can do is go after Michelle Obama instead.

Pathetic.

With this in mind, I decided to go back and take a look at some quotes from our former first ladies that could potentially apply to Issa and his ilk; I’m sure, were many of them still with us, they would communicate these sentiments to Issa, and probably some other remarks with much more direct language (most of the quotes came from here, including a bunch from Eleanor Roosevelt).

Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands – remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
Abigail Adams

You watch Laura Linney’s portrayal of her in the HBO series, and believe me, you truly come away with admiration.

It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business.
Dolley Madison

Others live on in a careless and lukewarm state – not appearing to fill Longfellow’s measure: ‘Into each life, some rain must fall.’
Mary Todd Lincoln

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
Elizabeth Harrison (wife of President Benjamin, as opposed to William Henry)

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little (applicable here to more than just Issa).

What is to give light must endure the burning.

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
Eleanor Roosevelt (owner of all six above)

I’ll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.
Jackie Kennedy

I don’t think most people associate me with leeches or how to get them off. But I know how to get them off. I’m an expert at it.
Nancy Reagan

No snark on that one please – and finally…

The first lady is, and always has been, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband.
Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson

This information probably will not prevent Issa from doing something stupid again in the future, but maybe it will keep him out of the business of Michelle Obama and future first ladies (that’s probably as close to the White House as Issa will ever get).

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