House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) started to lose his composure a bit yesterday, lashing out at White House Press Secretary Jay Carney as a "paid liar" who's "still making up things." What is it, exactly, that Carney said that wasn't true? Issa didn't say, but he certainly felt strongly about it.
Naturally, the White House press corps was eager to hear Carney's reaction at today's briefing, but President Obama's spokesperson was content to stick to the high road. Carney would only say that Issa's accusation was "amazing," adding, "I'm not going to get into a back and forth with Chairman Issa."
In a bit of a surprise, some Republican critics of the White House agreed that Issa's outburst was inappropriate. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox's Brian Kilmeade this morning that it "never helps" to engage in name-calling. "Let's not make it personal," Graham said. "Jay Carney is not the issue here."
Asked about Issa's comments, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) added, "I never like to use that word. I think that we should let these investigations take their course, let the facts come out."
There's been no word as of yet on whether Issa is willing to walk back his unsubstantiated accusations.