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GOP Rep Franks: Obama's treatment of BP was "arrogant"

Here's another one that Dems will jump on to continue making the case that Joe Barton's apology to BP represents a commonly held view among Republicans.

GOP Rep Trent Franks, in a quote buried in a Politico piece, appeared to say that Obama was "arrogant" in demanding the $20 billion escrow fund from BP:

"It's my opinion that Mr. Barton and Mr. Price's comments were more of a reaction to the arrogance in President Obama's speech, where he said he was going to 'inform' BP that they would set aside this separate compensation fund to be controlled by a third party," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). "Under our laws and Constitution, the president does not possess the power or authority to make such an arrogant command to a private company."

Franks is going further here than merely refusing to condemn Barton's apology. He's basically offering a justification for it: Obama's "arrogance" in using the White House to leverage BP in order to hold it accountable for the disaster.

As the number of Republicans condemning Obama's rough treatment of BP mounts, the easier it gets for Dems to argue that this represents a widely-held position within the GOP.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 22, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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Comments

I think the word Rep. Franks meant to use was 'uppity'.

Posted by: bmcchgo | June 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Key thing to watch is how many GOPers cheer the judge's decision today regarding the oil moratorium being lifted.

Posted by: calchala | June 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

bmcchgo:

Exactly. This is of a piece with the GOP's relentless attempts to delegitimize Obama's presidency. See Cantor re: McCrystal. Barton re: BP. Obama, says the GOP, is not worthy of respect. It is despicable and corrosive strategy and I hope the Republicans pay a severe price for it. In fact, I hope the GOP collapses. This is a party without a purpose, bent on destruction, and contributing nothing.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Franks and the other BP-apologist GOOPers should thank their lucky stars that the RS McChrystal flap will be soaking up a lot of news cycles in the coming days.

And not just the BP apologists, but the whole GOP. It's a pretty broad brush they're being tarred with.

Posted by: jzap | June 22, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious.

In a way it echos many disagreements I've had here with QB.

1) Dem says statement "A".

2) Republican leaders pound fists, gnash teeth, repudiate Dem statement "A" as false and political.

3) Republicans en masse prove the initial statement "A" to be correct.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 22, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

You are omitting Steve King's defense of Joe Barton's apology to BP.


"Rep. Steve King backs up his Obama race comments, defends Rep. Barton

On Rep. Joe Barton's apology to BP: "I think Joe Barton was spot-on when he called it a shakedown....They want to swallow up as many Fortune 500 companies as they can.""

Posted by: Liam-still | June 22, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"It's a pretty broad brush they're being tarred with."

The size of the brush fits the job at hand nicely. :o)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"how many GOPers cheer the judge's decision today regarding the oil moratorium being lifted"

The judge's ABSURD decision that the government doesn't have the power to shut down inherently unsafe activities. We'll see how long that ruling stands. Also, the LA pols think they're winning but they are burying themselves deeper and deeper by making the Administration more and more forcefully justify the moratorium. Before all is said and done, there may NEVER be new deepwater drilling in the Gulf.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Also, a thought about lefty pundits decrying BigO's "lost opportunity" to push for carbon-emissions legislation in his speech last week. . . .

It's not clear to me that the opportunity is lost. The fallout from the spill will keep getting worse. Probably well after the cheering from the relief-well subsides.

The time for pushing Congress may well ripen further in the coming months.

Posted by: jzap | June 22, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I read somewhere (probably a report at TOD) that in the event of another blown well, only 50% of the blow out preventers are expected to actually work. And, since none of the other oil companies seem to have any viable plans for worst case scenario, this ruling seems a little suspect. The government will appeal the decision.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 22, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Who runs this country anyway? Big Oil or us acting through our federal government. The Gulf of Mexico belongs to us not Big Oil. Maybe things are coming to a head and the White House, despite its best efforts, will no longer to continue evading the real challenge of the times. Fine with me. The sooner the better. Who owns the United States? The American people or the corporations?

Posted by: wbgonne | June 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Trent who?

Wow. Any port in a storm I guess.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

One fight at a time. It is clean Renewable Domestic Energy, that will end our suicidal dependence on foreign oil, that should be the focus now.

That has to be the tip of the sword, when it comes to gaining support for a large clean and available energy drive. All the rest will ensue from that.

It is about National Security. As long as we have to fight wars to secure foreign oil, like in Iraq, where China ended up getting big oil contracts, without ever having spent a dime on the war, or shed a drop of their own blood there. Stupid Stupid; Bush/Cheney.

Now we have discovered huge mineral deposits in Afghanistan; but guess who has already gotten the first big contract, and is laying a railroad from the mines back to their country. China, that is who. Our Troops died in Afghanistan and Iraq, and our Treasury was squandered in both places, but China is the one reaping the rewards.

Have a domestic energy policy that will not be at the mercy of foreign governments, and foreign wars.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 22, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"The size of the brush fits the job at hand nicely."

And, of course, it's of their own making.

Had they only known... Well, I guess they wouldn't be GOOPers, then, would they?

Posted by: jzap | June 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

lms: "The government will appeal the decision."

I wonder how much oil-company stock that judge owns?

Posted by: jzap | June 22, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"It is clean Renewable Domestic Energy, that will end our suicidal dependence on foreign oil, that should be the focus now. That has to be the tip of the sword, when it comes to gaining support for a large clean and available energy drive. All the rest will ensue from that."

"All the rest will ensue from that." That is EXACTLY what I said about the public option. Tip of the spear. Foot in the door. Camel nose under the tent. But then the public option went POOF! There are a great many people dedicated to postponing the reckoning and many of them are Democrats and some are even in the White House. Circumstances may be forcing the hand, and whether it happens here on renewable energy or through a publicly administered health care system, the systemic impact should be the same. So we share the same analytical approach, I guess I've just learned not to assume the inevitability of anything. But this litigation in New Orleans isn't going away. There will be immediate proceedings in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (also in New Orleans) and this may quickly end up in the Supreme Court. Who's in charge? The government which is us ... or Big Money?

Posted by: wbgonne | June 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

jzap, he probably doesn't know, he'd have to double check with his accountant.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder how much oil-company stock that judge owns?"

I wondered the same thing.

POTUS is appealing the ruling the the 5th Circuit.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/22/obama-will-appeal-judges_n_621250.html

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder how much oil-company stock that judge owns?"

At least one half of the federal district judges in the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) recused themselves because they had conflicts of interest derived from their 1) donations from, 2) associations with, and/or 3) investments in the oil industry. How would you like to be the judge that causes half your fellow members of the bench to lose half their investments? This shouldn't even have been decided by a judge sitting in New Orleans.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Kiss of Death: "Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave a strong endorsement Tuesday to embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal ..."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gpxqRHnw1q4mAcBswkognlE4skLAD9GGGAK01

Posted by: jzap | June 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder how much oil-company stock that judge owns?"

Just thinking the same thing.

"this may quickly end up in the Supreme Court. Who's in charge? The government which is us ... or Big Money?"

We already know the SCOTUS' answer to that. The conservative court favors corporations over the individual at every turn.

It doesn't make sense to me that the same government that has the authority to GRANT oil drilling leases would not have the authority to REVOKE those leases.

But we know how the conservative court will rule if this case reaches the SCOTUS.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"Who's in charge? The government which is us ... or Big Money?"

Wbgonne, I was raised by a gaggle of gamblers, but I wouldn't try to cover any odds on that question. I've learned to lower my expectations so I don't have to commit suicide by acid reflux in the near future.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Goddamn.

The Center for American Progress cited disclosure forms from 2008 that show that Feldman had been an active investor in companies involved in offshore oil and gas exploration, including deepwater rig owner Transocean, shallow water drillers Hercules and Rowan, and international rig and tool provider Parker Drilling. The investments were no bigger than $15,000 each, according to the form. The judge's 2009 disclosure form was not immediately available.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/22/AR2010062200237.html

Our country has just been bought and sold by the corporations. What a farce.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess Walls Street doesn't think much of Judge Feldman's ruling:

"Oil companies' shares drop after moratorium ruling"

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j0TH_pQwFE35nM76YAVbT8JHd4LwD9GGGC4O0

Posted by: wbgonne | June 22, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks Like Big Oil got the Judge they wanted:

"Martin Leach-Cross Feldman is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He joined the court in 1983 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. "


" Clipper Estates case

Judge Feldman dismissed a lawsuit filed by fifty people who live in Clipper Estates in suburban New Orleans under allegations of violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The residents sued on allegations that the owner of Clipper Estates - also the President of the New Orleans Home Builders Association - used money he assessed against them after Hurricane Katrina for personal purposes instead of improving the subdivision as he promised. Feldman dismissed the lawsuit claiming the plaintiffs had no standing under RICO"

Posted by: Liam-still | June 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Something really is hilarious: Democrats wee wee'd up about someone calling a president arrogant and supposedly trying to delegitimize him. Hmm now when have I seen that before?

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Since we're all feeling a little disgruntled I'd like to throw this gem out there. Orin Hatch wants people receiving unemployment to be drug tested, for their own good. Mmmmkay.

"Utah voters have reacted enthusiastically to Sen. Orrin Hatch's legislation to drug test the unemployed and those receiving other forms of government cash assistance, the Utah Republican told the Huffington Post after introducing his measure last week.

"A lot of people are saying, 'Hey, it's about time. Why do we keep giving money to people who are going to go use it on drugs instead of their families?'" Hatch said.

The goal, he said, is to get users into treatment.

"Now, it doesn't do away with food stamps. And it does get the help for them that they really need. And if they get the help, then they're right back on to the cash," he said."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/22/orrin-hatch-drug-test-the_n_620908.html

Posted by: lmsinca | June 22, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

You first Orrin, since you haven't earned a dime of what the Government has been paying you for decades.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 22, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

When all else fails we still have the War on Drugs. Ahh. Good times.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Since we're all feeling a little disgruntled ..."

Actually, I'm feeling pretty well gruntled today.

Posted by: jzap | June 22, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

VoteVets has a petition up calling for McChrystal's scalp.

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6676/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3464

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

No net jobs, not a single one, during the eight years of Bush/Cheney, and the working age population seeking jobs expanded by millions, during the same period.

First The Republican policies made it impossible for people either find a job, or keep the one they had, and then the Republicans want to drug test all those people they put out of work.

I guess, all those Joe The Plumber types, who keep on backing the party that creates Economic Depressions probably should be tested for what the hell they are on. In the case of Joe The Plumber; he appears to keep overdosing on stupidity.

Grizzly Palin abandoned her post, just half way through one term, and yet:

Lots of people crave her endorsement of them to be the ones to get the job done, and never abandon their posts.

Nothing like being endorsed as someone the voters can rely on, by a flibbertigibbet half term quitter.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 22, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

LOL jzap, as in tranquilized or happy?

Posted by: lmsinca | June 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

AMF !!!

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | June 22, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm fine with the word arrogant.

Obama is arrogant.

Posted by: Fazsha | June 28, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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