As denizens of the Atlantosphere are all too well aware, TSA is on an insane crusade to touch everybody's junk (except when they're not, as Jim Fallows happily discovered). Here's an idea: if Republicans want to get off to a good start and improve their dismal popularity, they should use the House Oversight Committee to investigate what the hell TSA is thinking.
Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman, is a smart and media-savvy guy, who obviously learned a lot as the ranking member of Oversight when Henry Waxman was chairman. Issa, like Waxman, knows how to put on a show. Right now, Issa's plan is to launch an investigation of climate scientists that appears geared toward denying global warming, which will excite conservative activists. That strikes me as a dumb move: leaving aside the fact that global warming is, of course, real, Issa's investigation a) risks reducing him to Dan Burton-like "buffoon" status before he's even off and running (Burton was chairman during the Clinton years and notoriously launched ridiculous investigations of things like the White House Christmas card list that eventually led the media to ignore him), and b) seems mistimed, even from a Republican-hack standpoint: the elections aren't for two more years, so what good is firing up all the Glenn Beck disciples now?