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Darrell Issa: My Job is to Make the President a Success

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By Doug Powers  •  November 3, 2010 12:25 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Of all the things I feared hearing this morning, including “oops, we goofed, Alan Grayson actually won” and “I’ve never seen a patient who got poison ivy there, Mr. Powers,” something like this was at the top of the list:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who will have far-ranging subpoena power in the new Congress as a result of Tuesday’s election, is going out of his way to dispel perceptions that he’s a partisan bombthrower who plans to use his newfound authority to paralyze President Barack Obama’s administration.

“I want to prove the pundits wrong. My job is not to bring down the president. My job is to make the president a success,” Issa said on a midnight conference call with reporters, just after House Minority Leader John Boehner’s victory speech.

My Slurpee just boiled over.

It’s the Democrats who are supposed to shove the olive branch, Rep. Issa — we don’t want you to serve your own to them complete with a candlelight dinner and a lightly chilled bottle of chardonnay.

That isn’t what yesterday was about. As you can see, this isn’t going to be easy.

Update: Issa’s last three tweets:

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About last night 4: “About last night 1, 2, and 3” are meaningless if the focus is remotely on “making the president a success” or “proving the pundits wrong.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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