When California Congressman Darrell Issa brings up the right-wing stimulus lie du jour -- the so-called "train to Sin City" -- David Shuster delivers a well-deserved smackdown, practically laughing at Issa for having the balls to spread that lie on his show. Good stuff. Bravo, David. Watch Issa start squirming as Shuster unloads at around 4:30.
ISSA: When we see $8 billion into a train to Sin City as part of a stimulus, we reject it.
SHUSTER: But Congressman, there's no project for a train from California to Las Vegas. You Republicans know better. It's $8 billion that's going to the Department of Transportation, and a Republican, Ray LaHood -- he was a Republican in your Congress -- he's the Transportation Secretary who gets to decide where the money is spent! It it wrong to say there is a project from L.A. to Las Vegas. It's not in the bill, Congressman.
When will people learn that this is how Republicans roll? They cherry-pick and try to exploit (or, in this case, flat-out fabricate) minor parts of a bill and run around repeating it over and over until the entire bill is defined by those few "controversial" programs. Too bad more of the DC establishment isn't like Shuster, who's always ready, willing and able to shoot them down.
Our good buddy Jon Perr chimes in with his "Top 10 Darrell Issa Hall of Shame Moments." Lots of wingnuttery in there.