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How long can Dems keep the Barton story alive?

Democrats are clearly convinced that Joe Barton's apology to BP for the White House's conduct is a pivotal moment of sorts -- one that could allow them to indelibly brand the GOP as the party of Big Oil at a time when the public is reeling from a disaster with no end in sight.

The challenge for Dems, though, is to elevate the story beyond Barton's ridiculous comments and build a larger narrative about the Republican Party's solicitiousness towards Big Oil during and before the crisis.

To that end, DNC spox Hari Sevugan emails a statement trying to tell the larger story here by saying it goes well beyond Barton:

Republicans may want to throw Joe Barton under the bus, but he's not the only one that has come to the defense of BP against Administration attempts to hold the company accountable to the families and small businesses of the Gulf for their recklessness. With their opposition to lifting the liability cap on all oil companies, the $20 billion accountability fundand legislation to ensure that we are never put in this position again by our reliance on oil and oil companies, Republicans have systematically and inexorably taken the side of Big Oil.

This does go far beyond Barton. House conservatives have blasted the escrow fund as a "Chicago-style political shakedown," and Michele Bachmann, a national Tea Party lightening rod, has denounced it as "a redistribution-of-wealth fund."

Steve Benen has a full rundown of other data points that show Republicans taking positions that are helpful to Big Oil. In a turn of phrase Dems may adopt sooner or later, Benen labels Republicans "the party of BP."

Every now and then a gaffe comes along that really cuts through the noise and perfectly crystallizes the argument one side is trying to make, driving the debate with a whole new level of velocity and momentum. Barton's apology, with its extraordinary public display of solicitiousness and even pity towards the despised BP, even as the country is suffering wrenching losses from a major disaster of BP's making, is one of those moments.

Without a full apology and retraction from Barton, and a strong and convincing disavowal from GOP leaders, it's hard to see how this story's potency goes away.

UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: The White House jumps all over the story.

UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: House GOP leaders privately read Barton the riot act and told him he'd best not screw up again.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 17, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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Comments

I'll just repeat since it's relevant...

Greg, apparently Republicans are hunkered down in Boehners office coming up with talking points.

Quick. Get every individual Republicans take on this you can and get it on the record.

I'd like to see the contrast of gut reactions to talking points distributed by the leadership on this.

Hammer them!!!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 17, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@Greg: Is this Hari's blog or yours? Can you at least limit the free print space you give him to once a day?

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

sbj -- I didn't see you objecting when I published a whole post on Cantor's attack on Van Hollen for alluding to BP in his quotes about the DISCLOSE act

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 17, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Mike -- got link to Repubs discussing TPs on this?

...and sbj, just the last post today said Obama is still in political trouble on the spill

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 17, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

* Apology to BP's Hayward triggers uproar *

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1721590120100617

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 17, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Greg, I will be monitoring my local news stations to see if the Barton apology gets play. If so, your premonition might have legs.

Posted by: bmcchgo | June 17, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Nothing directly stating TP's. Just this from Politico.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38674.html

Lawmakers were "hunkered down" in Boehner's office to discuss the flap, according to the member who said people were calling for Barton's resignation.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 17, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The most stunning thing that Joe Barton's, and John Cornyn's ,defense of BP has exposed is:

How much they take their red states supporters for granted.

Joe Barton's apology to BP, came in his prepared remarks, so it was not some off the cuff moment, that he might have some excuse for.

He prepared those remarks in advance, and still felt that he was completely free, to write of the plight of all the working class people in the Gulf Coast states.

Republicans not only hold the victims of BP, in contempt, but they do not even bother to try and conceal their contempt for the victims.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans not only hold the victims of BP, in contempt, but they do not even bother to try and conceal their contempt for the victims."

Not only that, but, in all likelihood, the victims *ARE* Republicans.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 17, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Democrats, focused on cyncial and disingenuous political attacks.

Whod have thunk.

BP was their corporate pal before the explosion, when they were getting big $$$ and working together on cap and tax.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The logical extension of the Barton comments (and Cornyn's, Bachmann's, and so on) is to push hard on the "THIS is what will happen if the GOP gains control of Congress in the fall."

Consequences. That's what needs to be hammered by the Dems. The gulf disaster is a consequence of GOP political ideology. Vote them into the majority and these kinds of things are going to keep happening.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 17, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Not only that, but, in all likelihood, the victims *ARE* Republicans.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 17, 2010 3:05 PM

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

Which is why I said:

"How much they take their red states supporters for granted."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana is going into court Monday to demand that the moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf be ended. (The suit was brought by offshore companies but LA politicians are driving it.) Think about that: Louisiana is DEMANDING that unsafe deepwater drilling resume immediately in the Gulf of Mexico. Incredible.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 17, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

will the voters side with the Republicans who with the oil companies will keep gas cheap...
or side with obama and the dems looking to put gas at over 10 dollars a gallon...
what side do you think the people are on...
I don't think people will tolerate anyone who takes away their freedom to ride...
would you...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 17, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

For all the ranting Big Government vs. Less Government, which one was it that put inadequate oversight in place for off-shore drilling, resulting in a catestrophic oil leak? Which one was it that ignored Wall Street while the cooked up losing mortgage-security schemes? If I'm a Democrat running for reelection in November, that's how I spin this story.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | June 17, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Call Us BP.

What BP now stands for?

BP. Broken Pipes.

BP. Bloody Pri*ks.

BP. Broken Promises.

BP. Bought Politicians.

And last but not least:

BP. Barton's Pet.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This only goes to show you pnce again, how stupid the R base is. Their reps can get away wih anything, and for the most part, either they don't know because they only listen to propaganda, or they just close their eyes.

You'll notice Vitter, the family values guy who was outed as a diaper-wearing madam's customer, is still in office years later.

Posted by: drindl | June 17, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The GO(B)P!

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 17, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana is going into court Monday to demand that the moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf be ended. (The suit was brought by offshore companies but LA politicians are driving it.) Think about that: Louisiana is DEMANDING that unsafe deepwater drilling resume immediately in the Gulf of Mexico. Incredible.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 17, 2010 3:15 PM
.....................

We are not convinced that BP dealt a death blow to the Marine Life food chain, in the Gulf Coast waters, so we are pleading for to give the Oil Companies another quick shot at smothering it now, while it lies comatose.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it the Conservatives who are always complaining about people "apologizing for America."

Let me get this straight:

-If we invade your country and kill hundred of thousands of your civilians, it's not Patriotic to apologize.

-If we overthrew your government and propped a brutal dictator that made everyone's lives hell, it's not Patriotic to apologize.

-If it's discovered we're using torture, out-sourced torture, and even sexual assault as interrogation techniques, it's not Patriotic to apologize.

-If mercenaries open fire on a crowded street slaughterings 10s of people because they were "jumpy" it's not Patriotic to apologize.

But.

-If an oil company destroys an entire coast of your country, and probably irrevocably damages the world fishing economy, tourism, and lord knows what else, not to mention covering your beaches and animals in toxic sludge, and you demand they pay you for it, then it's time to Apologize.

Good god damn Republicans. How do you even look yourself in the mirror having ever pulled a lever for a Republican?

Posted by: Gover | June 17, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Republicans defend and apologize to BP and the wingnuts call criticism of the apology disingenuous and cynical.

These guys are beautiful.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Who is this M______ F_______ barton? F______ him and his party!

Posted by: johng1 | June 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana is owned by Big Oil. Not figuratively, literally. It's newspapers, its politicians, its judges. Everyone with power is in Big Oil's pocket. The state is committing suicide and its so-called leaders are supplying the poison.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"For all the ranting Big Government vs. Less Government, which one was it that put inadequate oversight in place for off-shore drilling, resulting in a catestrophic oil leak? Which one was it that ignored Wall Street while the cooked up losing mortgage-security schemes? If I'm a Democrat running for reelection in November, that's how I spin this story."

Which one was it that forced drilling of deepwater wells instead of shallow water and land wells?

Which one was it that forced the banking system to underwrite high-risk loans and gave us Fannie and Freddie?

Whose regulators were on the job when the well blew?

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

via The Corner:

"Barton, just now: "I think BP is completely responsible. . .If anything I said this morning has been misconstrued. . . I want to apologize for this misconstruction."

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that anyone who isn't benefiting from a relationship with Big Oil would defend BP and "apologize" for the behavior of our President.

I didn't hear these same Republican idiots apologizing to the millions of displaced and dead Iraquis after allowing Bush to go to war without a Congressional act of war.

The Republicans care more about Halliburton and British Petroleum than they do our own citizens!

I say investigate Barton because he must be profiting in some way, some BIG way from BP's business.

The Dems may not be perfect but at least they're not selling us out to BP, the Saudis, Halliburton.

The GOP must be making sure Halliburton stays in business so Cheney keeps getting his annual payoff and I'm sure if we dug deep enough we'd find Barton on their "menu" as well.

Posted by: davidbronx | June 17, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey sbj, do you think that Barton's prepared statement has been misconstrued? How do you construe his apology to BP?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@sbj: "via The Corner:

"Barton, just now: "I think BP is completely responsible. . .If anything I said this morning has been misconstrued. . . I want to apologize for this misconstruction.""

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT. Just what I was talking about earlier with BBQ. The "backtrack" needs to get hammered as hard as the apology to BP. This lack of analysis from the media -- Barton's ties to oil, TX ties to oil, GOP ties to oil and big biz, and hell, any Dem's ties to big oil that compromise them (not those who took campaign money and refuse to cover for them) -- is going to get us amnesia on this fast.

I'm sorry, Joe, we don't accept your apology. Maybe look up "insincerity" and "disingenuous" in a dictionary.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The oil companies have tens of thousands of acres under lease ON SHORE that have not been drilled but the wingnuts claim that they were FORCED to drill in water a mile deep.

Beautiful

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@cmc: I'm not gonna defend Barton.

Armey (via Weigel) explains the point that Barton seemed to be trying to make:

Armey: "I'm against it -- there is no doubt that BP has resititution to make, but there is something called due process through the legitimate judicial branch of government through which these things should be adjudicated."

Weigel: "Conservatives are reacting instinctively, and...Democrats see an opportunity here to discredit the GOP's rhetoric in support of small government."

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

BPublicans!

Just let Republicans be BPublicans - they just can't help themselves!

The BPpublicans are covered in this oil slick. From the Dick Chenny's secret meetings with big oil all they way thru to Bush creating those huge cash awards for the regulators - not for fixing safety problems but for how much oil they can get to market - they are soaked in it.

How about all these small government conservatives crying about how government isn't doing more to plug the leak - "stop it now!" - while at the same time shouting for the Demcrats to "cut-cut-cut"
government!

Drill here! Drill now!

Can you say "hyprocrite"?

Posted by: alfa73 | June 17, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The GOP's priorities have been blatantly exposed for all to see. Who cares about fishermen, residents of the Gulf, marine life, or the environment? Let's make craven apologies to the careless perpetrator of the worst environmental disaster in the history of our hemisphere. After all, it's only the Big Corporations who line our pockets that matter, right?

Oops . . .

Posted by: simonflannery | June 17, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to make a Turducken out of Barton and the BP people. Start by shoving Barton up the BP CEO's a___, and then feed the resulting monstrosity to some wild boars in LA.

Posted by: johng1 | June 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

So, sbj, you're not defending Barton. Do you agree with Armey? How about Cornyn?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

BP is much more credible than BO.

All BO can do is strut around, hoisting his nose, as though he has caught a whiff of himself.


Posted by: Jerzy | June 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

While I understand what the DNC is trying to do and agree that it could be an effective political hammer...that statement is really weak.

Rule of thirds...don't just use 2 examples for how the GOP backs big oil. Use 3, since that's what you need to make a trend. There are obviously more examples out there...

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | June 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Greg, this is an excellent post about an important and appalling story, but my gut feeling is that by broadcasting and spreading this kind of information one is only preaching to the choir. Right here you can already see the reaction of the typical conservative. "Democrats, focused on cyncial and disingenuous political attacks." There is a certain kind of blinkered ignorance that seems to have settled over our right-wing friends. They refuse to look at things honestly anymore. No matter what proof you give them that their politicians are in the pockets of big money corporations they will shout you down.

Posted by: gposner | June 17, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

From The Desk Of Joe Barton:

If anyone misconstrued my having super glued my lips to the BP CEO's Arse this morning, I wish to set those people straight.

I merely super glued my lips to Tony Haywire's arse, in order to give him a good tongue lashing.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 17, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Even Caribou Barbie says the oil companies can't be trusted but the wingnuts claim that BP is credible.

It just keeps getting better.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Barton is a bought and paid for Congressman. By his statement at the Hearing, he indicted and convicted himself in one fell swoop. I wonder what all the Tea Party types in his district will do now? Hypocrites that they are, they will vote him back in office.

Posted by: dozas | June 17, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Like we didn't already know

Posted by: blackmask | June 17, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Republicans respond to BP's PR nightmare the same way the Vatican did to revelations about pervert priests - blame the victims.

Posted by: areyousaying | June 17, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Pres. Obama ask Congress for the money? And then he should dare the Republicans to criticize that move. It would prove once again that he's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't with that circus.

Posted by: AverageJane | June 17, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"So, sbj, you're not defending Barton. Do you agree with Armey?"

Sort of.

"How about Cornyn?"

Not sure what he said.

I'm not necessarily opposed to a special fund. OTOH, I DO believe that "there is something called due process through the legitimate judicial branch of government through which these things should be adjudicated."

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Republicans respond to BP's PR nightmare the same way the Vatican did to revelations about pervert priests - blame the victims.

Posted by: areyousaying
================================

More accurately

The republicans are the
Rapists that blames the victims.

Posted by: godwithfire55 | June 17, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter who apologizes to who for Obama's behavior.

What most American voters are going to recall is Obama's around the world trips apologizing to dictators and terrorists for our abominable behavior toward those pukes over the years.

Then there's this incredible attack on the English ~ not that I like them particularly well, but most folks probably find Obama's anti-English bigotry totally mystifying.

I think what needs to go on here is the Democrats need to get their house in order, purge the oversupply of criminals and perverts they've managed to stock up on the last few decades, and figure out how they can attract American voters to vote for them.

That's going to be a very hard job.

Nothing good has come out of the Democrats in years.

Posted by: muawiyah | June 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

When is the Investigation of the Obama Administration and their lack of clean-up response for nearly 2 months of delays and stone-walling the offers of help with skimmers and Tankers.Stone-walling berms,not enough equipment,lax inspections,bribes(gifts)Ect...

Posted by: Imarkex | June 17, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

How does this fund affect BP's due process rights? How has the judicial system been eliminated from the process?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Your day is coming lying RAT Traitors.

Posted by: Imarkex | June 17, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

All, Robert Gibbs uses Barton apology to jump all over the whole GOP and their approach to governing:

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

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 17, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jesus for Republicans and their never-ending two-bit melodramas a la:

Palin

Craig

Beck

Limbaugh

Hanity

O'Reilly

Donohue

Haggard

Ensign

Sanford

Wilson

and now Barton.

We thank you for their displays of what they truly represent in the name of their Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Posted by: areyousaying | June 17, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Imarkex you are one of the paid republican rapists terrorists..

When there is any investitation you will hang first.

Posted by: godwithfire55 | June 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

johng1 ~ sounds like you've been out pleasuring Louisiana's numerous wild sows yourself.

Your call for violence and cannibalism, though commendable, is probably way out of line.

Best you let that rest a while, and see if your neighborhood dealer friend can get a more reliable source ~ you know, like somebody who tests that stuff first.

Gad!

Posted by: muawiyah | June 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"How does this fund affect BP's due process rights?"

What am I, a lawyer? I don't know. Do they give up anything by giving authority to an independent arbitrator?

"How has the judicial system been eliminated from the process?"

Did I say that?

I don't want to see special systems set up depending on the companies involved and the party in power. If there is no standard for dealing with these types of things then one should be established. I had thought there already was a standard and it seems as if we are now deviating from it for the sake of political advantage.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 17, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann is a Tea Party "lightning" rod, not a "lightening" rod, at least according to the author. Comment rules restrain me from saying what she actually is.

Hey, 'member when John Boehner burst into big, sobby man-tears of frustration on national TV, blubbering, "...when are we going to take them ON???" Well, I feel like doing something similar, only I want to sob, "At what point is the GOP going to cross the threshold of obvious greed and craziness that makes the electorate regard them as no longer credible???" I keep waiting expectantly for it to happen, and it keeps not happening. There seems to be no limit to the number of pearl necklaces the GOP can give the public; they just keep shrugging it off and coming back for more.

Posted by: marknesop | June 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann is a Tea Party "lightning" rod, not a "lightening" rod, at least according to the author. Comment rules restrain me from saying what she actually is.

Hey, 'member when John Boehner burst into big, sobby man-tears of frustration on national TV, blubbering, "...when are we going to take them ON???" Well, I feel like doing something similar, only I want to sob, "At what point is the GOP going to cross the threshold of obvious greed and craziness that makes the electorate regard them as no longer credible???" I keep waiting expectantly for it to happen, and it keeps not happening. There seems to be no limit to the number of pearl necklaces the GOP can give the public; they just keep shrugging it off and coming back for more.

Posted by: marknesop | June 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THE STUPIDITY OF THE GOP- GREEDY OIL PARTY!

Posted by: joecoppo | June 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

RepuBPlicans

Posted by: areyousaying | June 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Equally disgusting this morning were comments on the 'wall street channel' CNBC. when

CNBC's young Erin Burnett said the creation of the $20B BP fund to clean the gulf and reimburse strapped Americans..

is the 'precedent for the US Government taking over any business they choose in the future. Which will ruin the markets'.

Did she come from Goldman Sachs, or is she planning on going back?

The
fetid ruiners of Wall Street and America's future, undoubtedly APPLAUD that 'superior' sentiment

And by the way, what did BP hire Goldman Sachs to do? Figure a way out of paying?
A cute bankruptcy or takeover?

The island of Manhatten should be cut off and sent out to sea...
Join Madoff.

Posted by: whistling | June 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

anyone who thinks barton doesn't reflect the mainstream of republican thought should consider haley barber's thoughts on the matter. he says that poor little b.p. "needs its capital so it can keep drilling."

i hope to god that some day, the american electorate starts paying attention.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | June 17, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The flaws in the due process argument are these:

1) BP agreed. They were not "shaken down." They have armies of lawyers. They made a political decision to do the escrow account. It has nothing to do with how the gov't pursues civil or criminal penalties. It was a PR move on BP's part.

2) "Due process" means going to court and fighting, so that millions of dollars go to lawyers and experts fighting for and against claims. This means less for victims. Do the GOPers really want money to go to trial lawyers rather than victims?

3) The agreement essentially means people who are hurting and have no reserves get paid now. BP has the deep pockets, not the victims. This will keep the economy of the Gulf Coast afloat while tourism dries up.

4) It sets a GOOD precendent. Companies that know that if they screw up, they will be forced to account are less likely to make the same mistake twice.

5) The difference with the banking crisis are these: There were bankers inside the Bush Admin who knew what the banks wanted and needed, and so got it to them. But there were no big oil people in the gov't anywhere who could similarly say "This is what we need to clean up; give us the money" because no one in the oil industry knew what to do or, indeed, seems to know to this day ogther than the relief well. They should have had a trained force in reserve to respond to an underwater gusher, but they all thought it wouldn't happen so they didn't prepare. Besides, it would have reduced profits.

This is a lesson in the shortcomings of small giovernment and lack of preparedness, and the folly of putting profit above all else.

Posted by: Mimikatz | June 17, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The relatively few wingnut commentators here confirm liberal and progessive's assumption that no matter what the Republicans do they are right and no matter what the Democrats do they are wrong.

That's alright though. The nutters tireless effort to tar every effort taken by the Democrats as a socialist plot is working... for the Democrats. The polls confirm that this kind of shrill extremism turns off true independent voters undermining tea bagger sanctioned candidates. Never change you crazy kids!

Posted by: Observer001 | June 17, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I love how this is only a GOP thing, and never a Dem thing. Even after Obama refuses to pay back the campaign contributions he received from BP. Democrats are quick to lay blame and point fingers, but always fail with coming up with solutions. They will tell you everything you want to hear, then quickly change their story and deflect any wrong doing when things turn on them.

It is funny that the Democrats are more worried about how they are going to win elections then stopping the oil flow, or creating jobs! Thanks Democrats, you're doing a great job...of finger pointing. How about you try to stop the oil leak, or create real job growth! Or is that too much to ask...

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | June 17, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

How does this affect BP's due process rights?

We can't fully know, since it was all done in secret by the most transparent administration in history.

What we know is that BP was required to "voluntarily agree" to a form and scale of summary justice so far beyond anything in our history that it can scarcely be imagined to be anything other than Godfather "justice."

And what we know is that BP will now pay at least $20.1 billion, to be distributed without ever so much as a court looking at the claims lodged against it. Of couse, the .1 billion we already know is not to compensate for any harm done by BP but for harm done by Obama. But set that aside. $20 billion, with no court review, no cap or limitattion, just a summary "down payment," as one Dem called it today.

What did BP receive in exchange for its "voluntary agreement"? Nothing, so far as we know. No closure, no limitation, no cap, no nothing. So, what threats were made? What inducements offered?

If you are content to just say, none of that matters, then you are content to say the ends justify any means, and you don't care a fig about due process (except when dealing with international terrorists). This time it is BP, but next time it can be anyone else.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

sbj, it seems what you are saying is that you think the fund should be criticized but you don't know why.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"Without...a strong and convincing disavowal from GOP leaders, it's hard to see how this story's potency goes away."

How are Republicans supposed to convince us that they now disavow a belief they ALL share?

Posted by: jjedif | June 17, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

A $20.1 billion voluntary PR move that BP just happened to agree to in a private meeting with the POTUS, VP, and AGUSA?

A political decision? $20.1 billion to buy what in the political market? Is that how we want the justice system to work? You just get called to the WH and told you will pay X, and you receive nothing in return?

I want the whole story. I want to see the agreement.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Joe Barton’s defense of and Kowtowing to BP executives is NOT supporting efforts to Stop or Cleanup the spill, but it would encourage Oil Companies to keep Drilling without Relief Wells and 3rd Party Insurance knowing they have him watching their Back instead of Protecting the American People from being Victims of Criminal Negligence that Kills People, Wildlife, and Hundreds of Billions of USA Resources.

The Oil money that has soaked these politicians is a rotting stain on their States and our Nation. If you cannot even make an effort to demand stringent Safety and Regulation of Companies that Murder your people and Destroy Hundreds of Billions of Wildlife and Water resources then you need to crawl back to the Slime you come from and let real Men and Women get the Job done right.

Posted by: liveride | June 17, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It's $20 billion that lobbyists and campaign contributors can't use to help the GOP!

Posted by: mingkeeper | June 17, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Pity poor, rich BP. As if they cannot afford to put money in escrow to help compensate not only for the fine wrecking job they've accomplished through greed and bad judgment on the environment, but to compensate the effect the changed environment has on livelihoods. Wealthy Republicans view all government dipping into their pockets (and all similarly situated pockets even after wrongful acts) to be unconscionable redistribution of wealth or, worse, a ghetto mugging of a white man. We can see the wheels going round and round inside the heads of these selfish and intellectually limited people and the view isn't cosmetically pleasing.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | June 17, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

And the nickel doesn't know so he just makes it up.

Shorter nickel -

I haven't taken the time to investigate any of the details but it must be bad because the Obama administration did it.

You are the best.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

How many times do members of the GOP need to show the average American that they are not important to them before people start ditching the GOP even more than they already have?

I am not saying they need to vote Democrat either. Start a real third-party. Conservatives can manage to be conservatives without bending over for multi-nationals every chance they get.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | June 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"It's $20 billion that lobbyists and campaign contributors can't use to help the GOP!"

You might want to check on BP and oil contributions to Obama and Dems before getting too chippy.

Hint: Obama = largest single BP recipient.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

What a joke! If Barton's apology makes the GOP the "Party of BP," then the Jackass Party's summary show trial this morning makes them the Anti-Business Party or, more aptly, the Communist Party.

But hey, I'm sure the Regime and their fellow Obamunists in Congress would be more than willing to return all of those campaign contributions they received from the Evil Empire they now call BP. Wouldn't they?

Posted by: braunt | June 17, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

shorter cmciq60:

Since I don't know the facts and have no response, I'll just lodge an ad hominem.

But, thanks, I know I am the best.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"the Jackass Party's summary show trial this morning"

There are few things more insufferable than those jackasses holding what they call a hearing.

It's incredible that we are represented by these buffoons.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What facts have you provided nickel? Obama received a total of $77,051 from BP, but what is your point with that?

Please, nickel, please, explain it to us. Is Obama protecting his big contributor or is he denying it due process and subjecting it to "Godfather justice."

Which is it, nickel, you genius?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The only jackass at the hearing was Smokey Joe Barton.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Without a full apology and retraction from Barton, and a strong and convincing disavowal from GOP leaders, it's hard to see how this story's potency goes away."

Except that a full apology and retraction HAS been issued from Barton. And the GOP has disavowed it.

Funny, I didn't notice that in your updates. Strange how you missed that, innit?

You are such a tool, Sargent, it's not even funny.

What a small, small, man you are.

Posted by: etpietro | June 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Without a full apology and retraction from Barton, and a strong and convincing disavowal from GOP leaders, it's hard to see how this story's potency goes away."

Except that a full apology and retraction HAS been issued from Barton. And the GOP has disavowed it.

Funny, I didn't notice that in your updates. Strange how you missed that, innit?

You are such a tool, Sargent, it's not even funny.

What a small, small man you are.

Posted by: etpietro | June 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse


BP is much more credible than BO.

All BO can do is strut around, hoisting his nose, as though he has caught a whiff of himself.


Posted by: Jerzy
*****************
That is all that is left for you sad little wingnuts - stupid comments. Well, I guess when your narrative is thrown out the door and your GOP reps are writing checks with their mouths that their a**es can't cover, go to the stupid comment zone. No wonder this tool is in a safe district - his voters must need instructions to wipe themselves.

Posted by: LABC | June 17, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Smokey Joe's "full" apology:

I think BP is responsible for this accident, should be held responsible," Barton said, before adding that he also thinks the company should pay for costs of the spill. "If anything I have said this morning has been misconstrued to an opposite effect, I want to apologize for that misconstruction," he added.

Yeah, we all misconstructed you Smokey Joe.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

cmciq60,

You're an obvious troll and not very swift. You, not I, apparently claim to know all the facts.

I pointed out Obama's haul of cash from BP in response to a specific claim about BP contributions to the GOP.

So, you go ahead and tell everyone how receiving contributions from BP proves something.

And thanks for the compliment, but I'll probably just ignore your inanities henceforth.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, Smokey Joe goes further, issuing a written retraction of his previous prepared statement. I hope he has a song and video to follow up on this:

"I apologize for using the term 'shakedown' with regard to yesterday's actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP," Barton said.

Smokey Joe, do you write the music or lyrics first?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Its not just the right-wing petro-pols that have problems with the $20-bn.

Did Obama cheat the nation out of an unlimited damages pool? Is $20-bn the limit of BP's liability?

I think that the pool should be kept filled and replenished at $20-bn for at least fifty years or until everyone impacted is satisfied with the settlement.

Posted by: aahpat | June 17, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"Without a full apology and retraction from Barton, and a strong and convincing disavowal from GOP leaders, it's hard to see how this story's potency goes away."

Except that a full apology and retraction HAS been issued from Barton. And the GOP has disavowed it.

Funny, I didn't notice that in your updates. Strange how you missed that, innit?

You are such a tool, Sargent, it's not even funny.

What a small, small man you are.

Posted by: etpietro
*********************
Yeah, this after two failed attempts to apologize (with the classic non-apology apology) and a closed door meeting with Bollywood Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership with which his chairmanship has to be threatened. And Boehner's constipated walk back from the initial comment.

Yeah etpietro, he's real sorry. You are desperate for that wingnut happy ending, aren't you?

Posted by: LABC | June 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The point of nickel's last post is that his post before that had no point.

And he's calling my comments inane.

Typical.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

This buffoon Barton felt the need to apologize to BP?

How utterly disgusting.


Posted by: ethereal_reality | June 17, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

(1) "Republicans not only hold the victims of BP, in contempt, but they do not even bother to try and conceal their contempt for the victims."

(2) "Not only that, but, in all likelihood, the victims *ARE* Republicans."

======

Yes, but the victims for the most part are just the goob Republicans. The sort the GOP manipulates with Fox News and AM radio. The Republican Party doesn't give a rats patootie about these people. For years they've been trained to hate on command and Fox News will soon have them out chanting in the streets to get the oil clean up crew off their beaches and to not even think about returning their livelyhoods.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | June 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

$20-bn. Whoopee! Petty cash.

BP pay out $2.77-bn in dividends EVERY THREE MONTHS.

BP is issuing long term bonds for the $20-bn.

This is a joke for BP.

The U.S. Justice Department had better not be listening to idiots like Barton. This disaster requires some perp walks of top BP executives and engineers.

Posted by: aahpat | June 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Greedy
Oil
Party

Posted by: aahpat | June 17, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Is $20-bn the limit of BP's liability?"

No.

"Huge as the $20 billion seems, both Obama and London-based BP PLC said it was by no means a cap."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37725103/ns/disaster_in_the_gulf/

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 17, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"The point of nickel's last post is that his post before that had no point."

No, it was to respond to your "question" and present you the opportunity to tell everyone why BP contributions to someone prove something, which I knew you wouldn't do, because you were already denying that its huge contributions to Obama are relevant.

Since you were stupidly trapped in a corner, you tried to deflect.

Your reach is just longer than your grip.

You're not a very good troll.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 17, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see this was a talking point:

Boehner's reaction to Barton's opening remarks in Thursday's House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing puts him at odds not only with the Texas Republican but also with the stated position of the Republican Study Committee, which put out a release Wednesday slamming the creation of the escrow fund as "Chicago-style shakedown politics.

And uh, quarterback? $71,000 from BP employees? That is your smoking gun?


Posted by: LABC | June 17, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

To schrodingerscat:

Thanks.

What about duration?

Posted by: aahpat | June 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm ... just couldn't ignore me, huh nickel?

You were the one that pointed out that Obama was the largest recipient of BP campaign contributions. Now you agree this is meaningless perhaps because it contradicts your larger claim that the President shook BP down "Godfather" style.

Twist yourself up in knots much?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Barton will be Barton. Like many in his District, I know which side his bread is buttered too. It is a badly kept secret.

The problem I have with the $20B Fund is that a lawyer like The President assumes a process begun is a "problem" solved. Wall St. thinks the same way , and has discounted the BP Stock. The danger in this approach is that exploitation of the environment is a "process" but not a "solved problem".

Posted by: gannon_dick | June 17, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

That's quite a trick - turning a nickel into a pretzel. You've got some real talent.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The problem for Republicans is that Joe Barton simply articulated exactly what they truely believe but can't publicly say.

Republicans have made two policy positions absolutely, 100% crystal-clear:

1) The cornerstone of America's energy policy should be based drilling for oil whereever and whenever possible. Their mantra is "Drill, baby, Drill!" (btw, they sure shut up about that real quick, didn't they?)

2) The government has absolutely no business telling private industry how to do business. Thus all government regulations of every kind should be abolished.

Now, the same people who for years have been screaming "Get the government off our backs!" demand to know where that same government is when a crisis caused by the policies the very policies THEY ESPOUSED destroys the lives of millions.

Perhaps we should give Representative Barton some credit: at least he's not a rank hypocrite. Unlike most of the other members of his party, he's expressing what he truly believes.

Posted by: Gladiator2008 | June 17, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Here I sit
m'buns a'flexin' ...
givin' birth
to another Tex ... republican.

Posted by: daveque | June 17, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Do you juggle too? You might have a future at childrens' parties. Based on the analytical abilities you've demonstrated here, I can't imagine your legal career has much of a future.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

It's on YouTube.

It's going to be played over.

And over.

And over.

The gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: WillSeattle | June 17, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Here's a fundraising fact from Benen that might mean something -

It's almost hard to believe, but Rep. Joe Barton's (R-Texas) top corporate donor is a partner on ... BP's Deepwater Horizon rig.

Making matters worse for Barton is the identity of the top contributor to his election campaigns. Since 1989, it has been the company Anadarko Petroleum, from which he's received $56,500 in PAC donations and another $90,000 in individual contributions.

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/top-donor-to-barton-is-partner-of-bp-on.html

Gee, nickel, isn't that even more than BP contributed to the President?

Do you have some big floppy shoes?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 17, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats, the mainstream media and the Obama Regime all believe that...we are stupid.

Too bad for them this is not the case.

People can clearly see what is going on. Of course BP is responsible, but it is Obama's primary responsibility to protect the US. He has failed miserably.

If he focused on solutions rather than blame, we would be much better off.

Community organizers are not leaders - all they can do is create a disturbance and use it to their advantage.

Obama is a miserable failure.

And the GOP is for big oil line won't stick because Barack Hussein Obama (mmm,mmm,mmm) took money from the oil companies. Uh oh.

At some point, we will put an adult back in the White House who acts in the best interests of the entire country - not uses every opportunity to advance his radical agenda.

mmm,mmm,mmm.

Posted by: thinker16 | June 17, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and it was a shakedown.

Obama is a thug.

Posted by: thinker16 | June 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Bear in mind the venting factor in play. Yes, BP appears to have negligence in the operation, and if you are the CEO you take any public hits. Americans thinking it through also know that they elected laissez-faire Republicans over the last 3 decades, who not only opened the oceans for this nonsense, but also let the oil giants police themselves.

There's no shortage of blame.

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | June 17, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please, please, please, Democrat's, base your entire campaign on some GOP twit's insulting comments about BP. And. please not, the VOTERS are focused on JOBS, on ending outsourcing, on ending this free trade nonsense. So, by all means, just continue to ignore us and come November we will gut your party like a fish. No one believes it, but we WILL and the Democrat's majority in the Congress... and not because we particularly like Republican's, but because Obama and you have been such a disaster we have to stop you.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 17, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The oil spill goes into day 59, unemployment is on the rise again, the budget deficit is exploding, Iran is still building a Nuke and the delusional Obamites think a statement from a congressman can prevent their slaughter in the Midterm....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: Realist201 | June 17, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Right! But count on the Republicans to be wearing a photostat copy of BP's campaign donation check to Otrauma like a breast cancer emblem. Dream on, Neocommies! The WAPO opium Den must be passing out some good shite today!

Posted by: MDDem1 | June 17, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why they don't just say it loud, say it proud: Sniff, why is mean old Obama picking on poor wittle BP? I mean, it's how they feel. Why not just cop to it?

Posted by: monk4hall | June 17, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

What's up with Joe Barton? Doesn't he know you're NEVER supposed to admit in public that the Republican Party's sole reason for existence for over thirty years has been "Corporations Over Country"?

What's next...Joe Barton apologizing to Wall Street for not giving them enough tax breaks for shipping American jobs overseas?

He's out of control. A loose cannon. His cronies in the GOP need to have a little "talk" with Joe.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Big deal. Barton obviously made the comment on his own volition, not at the request of the RNC. This story is much ado about nothing, similar to Obama's speech the other evening.

Actually, believe the rumor is correct that the $20 billion is "protection money" paid to keep the Chicago mobster politicians at bay.

Posted by: judithod | June 17, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Gover, love your response. But this is the Republican Party that got a man to apologize for getting shot in the face.

Posted by: yinyang2 | June 17, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Independents and former GOP are listening, and listening hard. So keep talking GOP.

Posted by: yinyang2 | June 17, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

If the question is can the democrats take control and drive any message, their past behavior indicates that they will not even if they could. Maybe they need to get a "word" man but even that will not help as long as they keep hiding out and allowing the opposition to control the message.

Posted by: xclntcat | June 17, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Your either for BP or your with the terrorist. It's unAmerican to blame this corporation for the oil spilling into the gulf,washing up on the beaches and flowing through the marshes. Only a commie liberal could think that they were somehow responsible for an act of god. If every other step including the relief wells fail then the one sure step to stop the oil will be executed. The step is called an implosion of the well. The question that needs to be answered is why is the last step not the first?

Posted by: hilow | June 17, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

These are Texas Republicans, Bush Republicans, who screwed our country the last time (tax cuts for the OIL rich, huge recession and unemployment for us), now they want power again after being the prime movers in this colossal oil spill mess. Include Texan Republican Dick Armey and the Tea Party Express in this... phony right-wingers using people to come back and help themselves..
Pres Obama's my man! We'll NEVER let them back!

Posted by: dudh | June 17, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The Grand Oil Party has shown its true colors: the party of Benedict Barton and the Shi.t Baggers.

Posted by: analyst72 | June 17, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

i read this headline and all I can think is: greg sargent and the washington post dot com should be ashamed of themselves. case in point why the media is utterly worthless.

Posted by: dummypants | June 17, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. It's all a big joke. One big game.

Posted by: kanebrandon | June 17, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

You mean can liberal hacks in the Washington Post keep the Barton story alive?

Posted by: Digitalman08 | June 17, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

This is the same BP that gave the most donations to Barack Hussein Obama, right kooks? And what party controls Congress and the White House, eh losers? It's funny how libs will do anything to put the blame on someone else, much like a 5 year old does. When 100% of the democRATS rejected regulation of Fannie, they turned and blamed Bush for it's collapse. The democRATS have no morals or honestly, the just HOPE that the American voters are stupid enough to take what they are shoveling them.

IMAGINE.....NO LIBERALS!

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 17, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

So where dose Obama get the power to be Judge, Jury and Executioner. Now he get to give the money to buy vetoes.

Posted by: Warthog104 | June 17, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing more than a politician sticking up for one of the largest employers in his district (yes, BP). It would be remiss of Barton to let the dog and pony show go on with any words of support.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | June 17, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

yeah, imagine NO LIBERALS! Man, what a dream! NO regulations over any industry whatsoever, no taxes on anything, no laws.
A country where every single individual makes up their own rules for conduct. No Congress. No Supreme Court. No structure.
Only you. Only you fighting an oil spill. Only you fighting Al Queda. Only you paying for your roads, your dams (think electricity), only you providing the money for our national security (think the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Coast Guard).
And, then the best of the best, NO CIVIL RIGHTS
ACT! NO MEDICARE! NO SOCIAL SECURITY! (Remember W. trying to convince the people in Florida at one of his town hall meetings how eliminating social security would benefit them, and remember the total silence he was greeted with).
Yeah, these Iiberals who wish to see all of us pool our resources and help one another are truly and really off the beat on this and always have been, haven't they.
Boy, the states around the Gulf of Mexico sure need to get rid of any "liberal" thinking these days. These people are entirely and completely capable of taking care of themselves and don't need any "liberal" thinking or ideas of actions to take care of
THEM!
Do they.

Posted by: cms1 | June 17, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Seems pretty simple to me: the video of big oil slave barton is in the can. Run it in fall campaign ads and make the jerk a poster boy for the Party Of No.

Posted by: binkynh | June 17, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Only in the world of the Obama worshipping left does the comment of one idiot congressman matter more than two months of abject incompetence from the president. And if we are going to talk about receiving money from BP, maybe you should mention that OBama received a whole ton of it from BP.

Posted by: Bob65 | June 17, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"the party of BP."
-------------------------------------------

That's it, right there.

A prolonged, protracted campaign featuring Barton's letter, Bachman's comments, and others like it juxtaposed with images of the oil spill's diaster could be the Democrats single best hope of preventing big losses this term.

Why? because the Republicans were so blinded by their loathing of Obama that they sided with a far more universally hated entity BP. Not only did they tie themselves to one of the most hated entitles in the word, by arguing against lifting the cap and the escrow fund they (and this is very, very crucial) essentially took a stance against small business owners and workers. I can not stress how important this part was - they have provided the Democrats with a simple, concrete example of why the Republicans are the party of big corporation and NOT the people.

If they seize on this message during the midterms & use it to relentlessly tar Republicans, its effect could be huge.

That's

Posted by: cjpotter19 | June 17, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Republican=(B)est (P)olitician money can buy!!

Posted by: writedave | June 17, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't need to do diddly to keep alive the story that corporations run the GOP.

Posted by: psst_limbaugh_keep-ranting_satan | June 17, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

just put Barton on you tube and click it endlessly.

Posted by: rkerg | June 17, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I see the Republicans are run by big oil and right wing nuts and the Democrats are run by wall street and left wing nuts. So they all screw US and we're supposed to take and say thank you? I don't think so and one has to be pretty stupid to believe all this rot!

Posted by: GordonShumway | June 17, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Why is Colin Firth visiting congress? Is this about HGH?

Posted by: massiveBrains | June 17, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

If there is anything the Dimwitcrats are good at — and there can't be more than one thing — it is ignorant demagoguery. So yes, between now and November they will be whipping up the febrile moonbats into paroxysms of ignorant rage just about any way they can. Anything to distract from their idiot disaster of a messiah.

Posted by: thebump | June 17, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Let's just come out with the truth.

People who want small businesses to recover what has been taken from them by the recklessness of big business are socialists.

People who support the indiscriminate criminal behavior of big business, even when it means killing people for profit, are red-blooded, "real Americans".

Gotcha.

Go organized crime. Stop American enterprise. Drink British Tea.

Posted by: colonelpanic | June 18, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Rep Barton apologized to BP because the Democratic representatives were making as**s of themselves, and disgracing the United States in front of the world. Their performance in the Congressional hearing was disgusting. They didn't have the slightest idea of what they were talking about, they just ranted on and on and let the world know why the Democrat's symbol is a donkey.

Rep Barton was the only person in the room with class.

The real culprit in this disaster is Barack Obama. We are fifty eight days into this mess and he still doesn't have a plan to clean up the mess. The New York Times says that the entire cleanup process is in total disarray. Worse yet, his organization, if you can call it that is still attempting to stop the states and the locals from doing what they can to stop the oil from reaching shore.

Today the US Coast Guard shut down the State of Louisiana's efforts to build berms to protect their islands for several hours so that they could inspect the state's boats to make sure that they contained enough life jackets. Why couldn't they have done this back at dock? or shy couldn't they have done this while the boars were working?

Why hasn't the Democratic Congress convened a hearing to ask Obama what he has been doing about the cleanup during the last two months. Why haven't the Democratic Congressmen asked him why he rejected the requests from thirteen countries to send skimmer boats to help? Why hasn't the Democratic Congress asked Obama why he still hasn't suspended the Jones Act which is keeping foreign ships from participating in the cleanup? Why isn't the Democratically controlled Congress asking Obama when he is going to stop preaching and start leading?

Posted by: mike85 | June 18, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

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