29 Mar '12, 6pm
The Solyndra sideshow peters out, Politico admits there never was a 'scandal'
Time to pack up the Solyndra circus, boys. (Photo by Thomas Totz.) No one is more invested in seeing the Solyndra investigation continue to produce “news” than Politico, so it’s significant that reporter (and Solyndra devotee) Darren Samuelsohn has basically called it . After over a year, Republicans have turned up nothing, as this sad excerpt makes clear: “Is there a criminal activity? Perhaps not,” Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told POLITICO after last Tuesday’s showdown with Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Is there a political influence and connections? Perhaps not. Did they bend the rules for an agenda, an agenda not covered within the statute? Absolutely.” The agenda was to give innovative clean energy companies the best possible chance to survive and thrive. It’s difficult to see how that’s not “covered” in a statute establishing a loa...