"I'm not saying that Issa is essentially going out there finding something willy-nilly," Mr. Parker said. "It's exploiting a problem, and seeing whether this works. When Waxman becomes chair, you see a lot of investigations under Bush."
"This committee — this is their job," said David C.W. Parker, an associate professor of political science at Montana State University. "We have a more politicized atmosphere. [In] Oversight, they will investigate by mandate, but also by a broader partisan environment."