Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is among the GOP members planning to lead a major series of investigations into Obama Administration activities.

Yes, this is one of the things to which we can look forward should the Republicans capture control of the House of Representatives and Issa becomes chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

And 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.

Those of us who live in California know that Issa means business. After all, the recall of Governor Gray Davis was not viable until Issa decided to fund the signature gathering process. Issa hoped to run for Governor himself until a certain Republican actor decided to get into the race.

(Alas, Issa been curiously silent about recalls now even though Governor Schwarzenegger has polls equal to, or worse, than Davis had. I guess recall concerns only count if a Democrat is in office.)

If Democrats sit out the mid-terms out of frustration, the result could be allowing Rep. Darrell Issa, who abused the California recall process, to have the chance to abuse the Congressional subpoena power.

This is one of the things at stake this mid-term election.

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