Darren Samuelsohn (POLITICO) has a bad article on Solyndra today. He has been the reporter leading on the issue so I will assume he was just looking for another side to bring to the table. But I think it is a bad article.
It attempts to guess-timate how much money the Committee investigating Solyndra has spent and to compare that to other Committees.
A guess-timate is bad enough; however, I do not think we play that game with investigations. If the cost is too great at the end, the voters will make that clear. But the idea that you must only be able to spend X or that your investigation must be politically popular are dangerous ideas.
Yes, Congressional committees can be abused. Like John Conyers' committee that investigated the Iraq War. In real time, I applauded it; however, they did nothing with that. And when they (Democrats) had power after the 2006 mid-terms, suddenly they were not interested in investigating the Iraq War. Even though I see the investigation now as a do-nothing, I still think members of Congress should pursue matters such as the illegal war and Solyndra. And I would much rather risk that money was wasted on such committees than fear that the cost is preventing oversight.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: