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.