In a November 9 Washington Times op-ed, Steve Milloy rehashed a series of discredited smears about current and former Obama Administration officials to implore Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to "[c]hannel Joe McCarthy" in investigating Democrats.
From his op-ed:
If California's Republican Rep. Darrell Issa plans on investigating the Obama administration, he needs to read and digest M. Stanton Evans' gripping book "Blacklisted by History: The True Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies" (Crown Forum, 2007).
The left is already trying to liken Rep. Issa to McCarthy - a Mother Jones headline from this week was "The GOP's Coming Climate Witch Hunt" and the New York Times' Dot Earth blog bemoaned the coming McCarthyism.
No doubt the left has good cause for worry, given a White House that hired a director of Socialist International to be energy and environment czar (Carol Browner), an acknowledged communist as the "green jobs" czar (Van Jones), and an admirer of Chairman Mao as communications director (Anita Dunn).
So Mr. Issa may as well learn, embrace and benefit from the truth about McCarthy, since he will be investigating people of the same stripe that McCarthy brought to account.
Even before Mr. Issa takes his seat as committee chairman, he is being attacked. It will get worse. The left will try to savage him. Truth won't matter. Once he assumes his chairmanship, he can rest assured that he will be lied to and about.
Mr. Issa will need much personal fortitude and persistence. He'll need a staff of steel to conduct the much-needed investigations that he envisions. He'll need the stuff of which Joe McCarthy was made.