Obama’s “charm offensive”

Will the GOP House begin with a blizzard of subpoenas of Obama administration officials and records? I doubt it. Republicans know that voters want action on their concerns, not Republicans playing get-even games.

The key is Darrell Issa, incoming chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee. He is fair-minded, but he will be tenacious if he senses wrong-doing. Stonewalling or evasion will not work with Issa. That will make him dig harder and faster.

The efforts by Obama administration officials to get to know the new Republican chairmen – the “charm offensive” – will foster cooperation between the White House and the House of Representatives. But it will not make the GOP less likely to investigate possible corruption or favoritism by congressional Democrats or the administration.

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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