Department of The Irony Impaired Part 357

In a story about Barbara Boxer:

Republicans say they can work with Feinstein. Her advice and endorsement are courted by Schwarzenegger and others on issues while Boxer, whom they generally despise, is left on the sidelines.

“I don’t think attack dogs are ever useful,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who lost a 1998 GOP primary election for the chance to run against Boxer.

Now, imagine you’re the reporter writing that piece. How in God’s name do you keep a straight face?