“He’s taking the Fifth, Elijah.” Those were Gerry Connolly’s (D-Va.) words as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) got told alternately to speak and be quiet, about six times, by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), as Issa opened, then closed, a committee meeting for the sole purpose of publicly humiliating former IRS director Lois Lerner. Cummings tried as hard as he could to pose a single question to Issa, but Issa wouldn’t allow it (prompting Connolly’s quip).
For his trouble, Issa made Lerner look victimized, Cummings very slightly humiliated, and Issa himself humiliated to about nine on the Richter Scale.
Look at the video during the exchange between Cummings and Issa and judge for yourself what the body language from Issa adds to the moment.
UPDATE: Seems the Congressional Black Caucus also got the impression Issa was over the line. They are calling for his removal as committee chair. (Issa should know better. He’s been down this road before.)
UPDATE 2: As Rush Limbaugh was devoting his entire program today to saying Issa had done nothing worth caring about, Issa was calling Cummings to apologize. Cummings has accepted. (Yes, I listen to Rush. And I’m a leftie. I’m a leftie who listens to Rush. If you want to know what you’re up against and you’re a leftie, you’ve got to listen to Rush.)