The middle school clique is at it again.
An unusually harsh and personal war of words erupted on Sunday, even for the current hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington, DC, with one of President Obama’s top advisers bringing up the 40-year-old criminal record of the Republican congressman leading the investigation into alleged IRS abuses.
“Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler,” tweeted David Plouffe, the political guru (and unofficial adviser) for President Obama, referring to the chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
“And loose ethically today,” Plouffe ended his tweet, linking to a story about Issa answering questions on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley about the controversy over IRS staffers targeting conservative groups for scrutiny, in which Issa referred to White House press secretary Jay Carney as a “paid liar.”
Notice that it only turned “nasty” when Mr. Plouffe responded to Mr. Issa’s slander. I suppose that’s because we expect that sort of noise from the right wingers and are surprised — and shocked and distressed — when someone punches the bully back.
I expect Mr. Plouffe to be the target of a subpoena from Mr. Issa, not to mention a tongue-clucking from Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe.”