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* House GOP leaders put Barton on notice:

The story may not be over for GOP Rep Joe Barton. Even though he has now issued a statement retracting his apology to BP, House GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor privately warned him that if he screws up again, he'll lose his slot as ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, a senior GOP aide tells me.

"This may not be the end of the story," the aide says, adding that if he starts making similar noises about BP, he's out. "Boehner and Cantor told him he came within a centimeter of losing his seat, and to strongly keep that in mind."

I'm also told that Barton's retraction came after Boehner and Cantor exerted heavy pressure on him, and that there was wrangling over Barton's final statement -- another sign that GOP leaders knew just how lethal Barton's apology to BP was for the party.

* Just in time: The Post has an incredibly useful guide to the holdings in the oil and gas industry enjoyed by members of Congress -- Republicans and Dems alike. Take a look.

* The House GOP leadership issues a new statement denouncing Barton's apology to BP as "wrong."

* But the DCCC isn't letting up: They're running new Facebook ads calling on Barton to stop apologizing to BP and sending out releases to targeted districts demanding Republicans disavow his remarks.

* A very bad number for Obama: A new CNN poll finds approval of his ability to handle a crisis has dropped 11 points, though a majority, 53%, still approves.

* But: CNN also finds that majorities still say he's a "strong and decisive leader" and "inspires confidence," facts that you won't read in Maureen Dowd's next column about Obama's lack of a hearty appetite.

* The Barton tale eclipsed the day's other big story, the meeting of Senate Dems about how to proceed on climate change, but it turns out nothing important was decided at that meeting in any case.

* Question of the day, from Michael Roston: "How much money will Joe Barton raise off his apology to BP?"

* That's not really tongue in cheek: The leader of Tea Party Nation says Barton had it right, so this could turn Barton into a martyr of some cause or other.

* GOP Rep. John Campbell of California tells Dave Weigel that he's worried that Obama is handing that $20 billion in BP money over to one of his czars.

* And this is an absolutely brutal video from HuffPo's Ben Craw comparing BP chief Tony Hayward's Congressional testimony with BP's TV ads.

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  June 17, 2010; 5:53 PM ET
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"if he screws up again"

Yeah, next time the entire Gulf of Mexico is destroyed and you apologize to the perpetrators...

The Republican Party is SO WAY OUT OF TOUCH from the mainstream of America that it is hard to believe that ANYONE supports their pathetic lies and constant toadying to foreign-based multinational corporations.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 17, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Fox News TV report from Washingon to the local Fox News stations, around the country, is not saying anything about the Joe Barton apology to the BP CEO. They are reporting about how much of a grilling that the BP CEO was given in his House appearance, but they are not saying one word about the big wet kiss that Joe Barton planted on Tony Haywire.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and Cantor working hard to clean up Oil Soaked Joe Barton, and say that he still might not recover.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Does the GOP think that the rest of us are as stupid as their supporters? This threat to remove him isn't going to cut it. I hope the Dems demand that he be removed from that Committee. And when will the GOP get Bachmann, Barbour and the rest of the 100 members of Republican Study Committee, which put out a release Wednesday slamming the creation of the escrow fund as "Chicago-style shakedown politics."?

If the GOP thinks the apology for the apology is the end of this, they're sadly mistaken. Barton spoke for his entire party and their philosophy. None of them are going to be able to run away from this with his pathetic attempt at a retraction. I can't wait to see who shows up on the Sunday Shows. Expect some grilling. Hopefully!

Posted by: roxsteady | June 17, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Joe Barton's comments today came during a government oversight panel of the most massive oil disaster in U.S. history.

It is further PROOF that the Republican Party CANNOT govern. They don't GET the concept of governing. They don't WANT to govern. They just want political power.

But, quite clearly, the takeaway from today is that Government is good and essential, but REPUBLICAN Government is a MASSIVE FIERY WRECK.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 17, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, cut JoBa some slack. At least he didn't BOW to the head of a foreign oil company.

Posted by: jzap | June 17, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Another takeaway from today is that an industrial oil drilling catastrophe, GOPers, IS *NOT* A 'NATURAL DISASTER'.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 17, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Liam: "... the big wet kiss that Joe Barton planted on Tony Haywire."

That's a serious insult to Haywire -- an excellent unfiltered wheat beer from Pyramid Brewing. Not appropriate for a Happy Hour Roundup comment (burp) :-)

Posted by: jzap | June 17, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"Boehner and Cantor told him he came within a centimeter of losing his seat, and to strongly keep that in mind."

Ugh...if only Democratic leaders in Congress used these sort of tactics. *cough*Lieberman*cough*

"But the DCCC isn't letting up..."

Good! Like I said...don't let them off the hook after they issue a walk back. Keep hammering them, and force every Republican to respond. If the meme is out there, and Barton put it out there, then it's totally fair game for Dems to require other GOPers to either support or repudiate them.

It's a tactic that the GOP uses all the time, and it's about time that the Dems started returning the favor.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | June 17, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Keep hammering them"

Yes, let's just play pointless games. After all, it isn't like there's anything else going on...

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"The Republican Party is SO WAY OUT OF TOUCH from the mainstream of America that it is hard to believe that ANYONE supports their pathetic lies and constant toadying to foreign-based multinational corporations."

Thank you for these continuing insights, New Reference.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

JoBa's Dem opponent in TX-06 is David Cozad. His ActBlue donation page is here:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/23370

Posted by: jzap | June 17, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

David Cozad is quoted by Shane D'Aprile in an article on The Hill: "One of Cozad's first reactions when he heard Barton's comments: 'I thought of Jane Fonda going to Hanoi,' he said."

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/103985-a-barton-challenger

Posted by: jzap | June 17, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

"Keep hammering them"

Yes, let's just play pointless games. After all, it isn't like there's anything else going on...

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 6:41 PM |

.....................

You can not bury it, no matter how hard you try.

You are like a cat trying to bury it's feces, on a tin roof.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"At least he didn't BOW to the head of a foreign oil company."

No, he just gave him a handjob. Idiot.

Posted by: nickprzy | June 17, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

via Hot Air:

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering a plan, proposed by scientists, to use dams to divert more water toward the mouth of the Mississippi River, which could keep the BP oil slick from penetrating the vulnerable coastal wetlands."

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/infrastructure/mississippi-bp-oil-coastal-protection?click=pm_news

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

So it turns out that BP has been paying CEO, Tony Haywire, millions in compensation, to be their Sargent Schultz;

Tony told the congressional panel: "I Know Nutzing, Nutzing!"

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Slave Sargent:
"* A very bad number for Obama: A new CNN poll finds approval of his ability to handle a crisis has dropped 11 points, though a majority, 53%, still approves".

Ha-ha-ha!

At this rate, he has only 5 more speeches to bloviate, and then he'll be impeached.

The Alleged Hawaiian is in a very bad place for a politician. Every time he opens his yap, his poll numbers drop.

Sorry, Mr. President Barry, my man, but you've reached the point where concrete results are all that matter.

Passing a law won't save you, extorting money from some other corporation won't save you, and babbling some "if we can put a man on the moon..." platitudes, (no matter how mellifluous your oratory while doing so), CERTAINLY won't save you.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 17, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"No, he just gave him a handjob."

And, in a typical example of GOP incompetence, he wasn't able to induce the usual resulting oil spill.

Posted by: jzap | June 17, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Joe Barton gave Tony Haywire a Job alright, but that was not his hand that he used.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Slave Sargent:
"Just in time: The Post has an incredibly useful guide to the holdings in the oil and gas industry enjoyed by members of Congress -- Republicans and Dems alike. Take a look."

I did...Wow, look at John Kerry with 765k in BeePee! You GO Johnny-boy, you heap big moonbat capitalist bastid you!

Algore DREAMS of having the kind of "big swingin' portfolio" that YOU'RE packin' champ!

"...the day's other big story, the meeting of Senate Dems about how to proceed on climate change, but it turns out nothing important was decided at that meeting in any case."

How 'bout THAT?

You think the former item has anything whatsoever to do with the latter?

Chumps.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 17, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

My god, Joe Barton is a very stupid person. Video clips from TPM. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/joe-barton-a-look-back-video.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: bernielatham | June 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, let's just play pointless games. After all, it isn't like there's anything else going on...

You mean like blanket holds on all of the President's appointees or filibustering every piece of legislation?

Are those the kind of pointless games you're talking about sbj?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Odministration:

Raking in the "green" from the Green Economy!

Looks like criminal conflicts of interest and ethical lapses are not solely the province of MMS and MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration), bureaucrats:

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/dept-of-energys-cathy-zoi-still-flouting-the-law-still-stonewalling-the-investigation-pjm-exclusive/?singlepage=true

"Documents obtained from the Department of Energy and elsewhere appear to present a prima facie case of a senior Obama administration official, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi, participating substantially in decisions impacting companies in which she is heavily invested. This flouts ethics requirements and would be a violation of U.S. criminal law."

O RLY?

"The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota has also kindly directed me to Zoi’s direct advocacy supporting one of these companies. This comes in the rather inescapable form of testimony to Congress, where she championed a major new program that would directly benefit the company for which her husband works — “green window” vendor Serious Materials. The Zois maintained ownership of 120,000 shares in Serious Materials — previously obscure, but now an administration favorite — as well as stock options."

Okay...let's hear the moonbat pack howl to remove THIS corrupt bum, (bum-ette?).

Do you chumps get it yet? Conservation was common sense, ecology was an ideal. The "Green Economy" is a scam designed to fleece you, the suckers who buy into it.

Hey, it would be just YOUR turnip ration, but the problem is that you chumps demand that the rest of us buy into your magic bean factory and unicorn ranch scheme ALSO.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 17, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Chris Hayes has a very good piece on the ease and severity with which we punish individuals (for pot possession, say) and the reluctance with which we might set to punishing corporations....

"For a long time, conservatives and big corporations have hated punitive damages. The amounts are decided by juries, who have a tendency, when faced with stories of corporate malfeasance, to stick it to the bastards. In the 1980s conservatives began a legal assault on punitive damages, in "an effort coordinated very closely with the Chamber of Commerce," says Stanford law professor Jeff Fisher. "The first few fits and starts didn't work, but they kept hammering away."" http://www.thenation.com/article/bp-beyond-punishment

Imagine, for example, what our fine conservative friends would say if a bill was to be proposed setting up a "three strikes" law for corporations.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 17, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Propaganda technique #1 - have multiple voices from disparate sources repeat the same thing. This not only has effectiveness through repetition but it also gives an impression of widespread consensus whereas the real source is often a single individual or group. It's what a talking point is and does. Here's a clear example of it re "demonizing BP"...

http://mediamatters.org/research/201006160064

Posted by: bernielatham | June 17, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Joe Barton should relocate to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, or some other OPEC country which works with BP, Halliburton and their other pawns.

Posted by: lynnlm | June 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

@lynnim - a lot of darkish people there. Might be awkward for the fellow.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Chris Hayes has a very good piece on the ease and severity with which we punish individuals (for pot possession, say) and the reluctance with which we might set to punishing corporations...."

That's a silly comparison. Corporations are regularly punished with criminal prosecution, civil penaltys, AND punitive damages. Seldom happens to your typical hippie pothead, does it?

Punitive damages really make no sense.
But let's assume they do, and let me explain how they typically work, in a mass tort context, for example. Here is what happens:

A new study is published, showing a weak association between drug X and injury Y, increasing risk of Y, say, 20%. There might be 5 studies saying there is no association, but so what, who cares.

The cry goes out far and wide, and plaintiff lawyers recruit everyone who ever used drug X and injury Y. They may pay no attention even to whether X preceded Y, and the science is very often junk anyway. The game is just to sign up all the thousands of plaintiffs possible and file the cases.

In every case, plaintiff lawyers will now try to argue for compensatory damages for the specific plaintiff PLUS punitive damages for the harm supposedly done to everyone who ever used X and suffered Y.

That is, even though it is contrary to the rules of evidence pretty much everywhere, many courts will allow plaintiff lawyers to argue to the jury, "This bad defendant, Evil Corp., caused 25,000 people to suffer Y, and it is up to you to punish Evil Corp. Only YOU 12 can send them a message."

And that will likely happen in every case tried -- potential punishment thousands of times for the alleged harm to everyone allegedly harmed. The defendant is forced to settle for 8 zillion dollars to avoid the risk of paying 800 zillion dollars.

That's the real world as it works, not the leftwing fantasy world. If you think that makes sense in terms of justice, or is a rational tort system and conducive to economic prosperity, you don't think very well.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Had a thought while reading this "after sex pill" story... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/health/policy/18pill.html?hp

The sodomization of choir boys by Catholic priests does avoid the more serious theological/moral dilemma of condoms and the unnatural suppression of conception that might arise re heterosexual acts.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 17, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

How does this end it? The guy is still freaking RANKING MINORITY MEMBER of the committee that's supposed to oversee these yahoos!

Seriously, on what planet would the Democratic leadership be able to walk back something like this? Especially after a major committee, the minority leader, and any number of other members and candidates had said similar things!

Posted by: theorajones1 | June 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

@Greg

Despite the omnipresent CW that people are sooooo worried about the debt...it appears that a majority of Americans want to see MORE government spending, by a lot.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/140786/Americans-Back-Stimulus-Spending-Create-Jobs.aspx

"Among four pieces of legislation Congress could consider this year, Americans are most supportive of authorizing more economic stimulus spending. Specifically, according to a June 11-13 USA Today/Gallup poll, 60% of Americans say they would favor 'additional government spending to create jobs and stimulate the economy.'"

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | June 17, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

And why not. If Uncle Sam spent just another trillion it would create at least 3-4 million jobs, or so Biden would have us believe.

That would give us the tax money to spend another trillion, and so on and so on.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

HEADS UP! A little birdie told me to look for preview functionality soon coming to a TPL blog site near you! (Really!)

Posted by: jzap | June 17, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

So, gool ol' boy JoBa said the WH had used "shakedown" tactics to create a $20bn "slush fund" to compensate BP oil-spill victims. Well, he did walk back his use of the word "shakedown," but NOT of the phrase "slush fund."

So, Joe, why do you consider all those Gulf victims -- the small people -- to be no more than just "slush?"

Posted by: jzap | June 17, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

QB1:
"And why not. If Uncle Sam spent just another trillion it would create at least 3-4 million jobs, or so Biden would have us believe.

That would give us the tax money to spend another trillion, and so on and so on."

Hey, remember the fairy-tales about a "cashless society" they used to tell?

Well, with the Odministration, it's right around the corner!

See, domesticated cattle have no need for money. Their entire existence is at the pleasure and for the benefit of the guy who dumps the kibble into their trough.

These steers have no conception of the purpose of the squat little building with the red and white sign and the golden arches erected next to the feed-lot that they inhabit.


Posted by: Bilgeman | June 17, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Canadian Man-Bag:
"Propaganda technique #1 - have multiple voices from disparate sources repeat the same thing. This not only has effectiveness through repetition but it also gives an impression of widespread consensus whereas the real source is often a single individual or group. It's what a talking point is and does."

OMG...like I TOTALLT AGREE!

/sarc

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 18, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

"The US Environmental Protection Agency and BP have locked horns over the toxicity of the dispersants being used to break up the oil spewing from the Deepwater Horizon well. Now, New Scientist has learned that huge variability in the safety test results submitted by different manufacturers makes it very difficult to judge which of the available dispersant chemicals poses the least threat to marine life."

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19053-doubts-over-safety-tests-on-gulf-oil-dispersants.html

Posted by: jzap | June 18, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Bilge,

If only we were joking! But this is literally how these people think.

I heard Sherrod Brown not long ago gushing about "freeing up" another big chunk of federal money to create more government jobs (teachers, police, fire, you know the drill) and thus . . . "turn those people into taxpayers instead of tax consumers."

The guy is he walking definition of an educated moron.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 18, 2010 5:41 AM | Report abuse

From Tomasky

"But I think Republicans actually understand enough about economics to know that stimulus spending helps create jobs (yes, the last one did, or prevented far worse job losses if that's how you'd rather look at it). So there's a little bonus built into their posture here for them. Oppose spending not merely on principle but because you secretly know that it's more likely to keep unemployment high, slowing the recovery and hurting Obama."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2010/jun/15/obama-administration-republicans

Posted by: bernielatham | June 18, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Of course spending boatloads of money can "create jobs." Obama could "create" 50 million jobs making buggy wheels and barrels.

The problem is on the other side of the ledger -- the taxing/borrowing -- and the misallocation consequences. Not that hard to understand, really. The idea of "creating" millions of high-paying "green jobs" this way is utterly fatuous.

We don't need socialism.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 18, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Bernie says:

"@lynnim - a lot of darkish people there. Might be awkward for the fellow."

Yet another laothsome and ugly insinuation sans evidence from our resident propaganda expert. This seems to be turning into a bit of a habit for Bernie.

Posted by: ScottC3 | June 18, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

QB1:
"Of course spending boatloads of money can "create jobs." Obama could "create" 50 million jobs making buggy wheels and barrels."

Yep, there's that "Green Technology" they keep yapping about.

And with the price of fuel being artificially manipulated by the Odministration squelching domestic supply, there might actually soon be a market for buggy wheels...

"We don't need socialism."

These morons are utterly addicted to the stuff, though. No matter that there isn't a socialist state that has ever made it for a century.
All that socialism ever reliably accomplishes is to create a civil servant/bureaucrat's paradise...I give you Greece.

To a moonbat this is hunky-dory, since working for the government to them the absolute occupational zenith that they aspire to.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 18, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

CK, on the mark again.

http://article.nationalreview.com/436654/barack-obama-dreamer-in-chief/charles-krauthammer


I wonder Obama's secret thoughts are now about promising miracles like planetary healing and magical transformation to high-paying "green jobs"?

My guess is that he is angry, not at himself or his handlers for doing it but for the stupid people for believing him.

Didn't they understand, those were just words!?

Lowry ably skewers him as well at NRO. Treat yourselves to it.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Bilge (and Scott), don't miss the Krauthammer column I linked.

CK has become a national treasure. I don't know how many times I've read his columns and essays on Obama and thought, he captured so perfectly and stated so beautifully what has been on my mind, and added such great insights.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 18, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Roxsteady: "I can't wait to see who shows up on the Sunday Shows. Expect some grilling."

No chance of that, I'm afraid. This is 21st Century America. Journalism's dead as a hammer.

Posted by: azportsider | June 18, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

qb:

Thanks for the CK link. Outstanding article. This part really grabbed my attention:

" "“Part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean,” said Obama, is “because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.”

Running out of places on land? What about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or the less-known National Petroleum Reserve — 23 million acres of Alaska’s North Slope, near the existing pipeline and designated nearly a century ago for petroleum development — that have been shut down by the federal government?

Running out of shallow-water sources? How about the Pacific Ocean, a not-inconsiderable body of water, and its vast U.S. coastline? That’s been off-limits to new drilling for three decades.

We haven’t run out of safer and more easily accessible sources of oil. We’ve been run off them by environmentalists. They prefer to dream green instead."

I remember the first time I heard Obama make this claim, I almost threw something at the TV. It is such an audacious lie (the bigger the better, I suppose, pace Bernie's propaganda techniques!) .

Posted by: ScottC3 | June 18, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

All, morning roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/the_morning_plum_33.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 18, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

The GOP will not be happy until we're all sleeping in our cars and eating from garbage cans covered with BP oil for gravy. It's time to get rid of all of the Republicans in Congress. These traitors owe their allegiance to big oil and not to the American people.

Posted by: Continuum | June 18, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Shame on him!!!!! As usual he is looking out for his kick backs from the oil companies instead of caring about the environment, his country and the GOP! Major screwup, too late to apologize

Posted by: erosado24 | June 18, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

@Scott - Well, there was that vote against extension of the Voting Rights Act. But you're right, it was a cheap shot.

Meanwhile, of course, you might wish (though I expect not) to turn your loathsome-vision to the fellow whose main campaign contributor owns 25% of the site now gushing oil into the Gulf (that would be Barton) and who ranks number one in the House for members receiving contriubtions from the oil and gas sector (that would be Barton) and who apologized to victimized BP before being reigned in for being really really stupid.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 18, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Or, I could put it this way. I retract the cheap shot. There. That makes it all better.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 18, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Scott,

Indeed, that was one of the Big Obama Lies. It's still amazing how casually this President and his people utter them.

That one is tremendously consequential, misleading people to believe we are at the end of the rope on oil, so to speak, when we clearly are not. Stating it in the cause-effect terms he did makes it especially dishonest: As if they had to drill way out there because there is nowhere else left to drill, when in fact it was the very people now demanding no more deepwater drilling who put the more accessible locations off limits.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 18, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow...even Sarah Palin would not have said something THAT stupid!

Posted by: RainyDayIntern | June 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Yglesias points to Elliot Abrams twisty-thinking suggestion that evangelicals are often better Jews than...uh, many Jews.

"For which reason, more committed Jews can only thank God for the greater commitment of so many evangelicals—whose party loyalties have not become a religious faith and who will indeed dump Obama if he abandons Israel in a time of peril."
http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/elliot-abrams-denounces-american-jews-for-not-exhibiting-sufficient-dual-loyalties/

Posted by: bernielatham | June 18, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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