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Joe Barton deletes Tweet unapologizing for BP apology

The Joe Barton mess just keeps on giving.

As Dave Weigel notes, hours after he apologized to the House GOP caucus for putting them in a spot with his BP commments, Barton went on Twitter and seemed to unapologize.

"Joe Barton was right," he Tweeted, directing readers to an American Spectator piece making that argument.

Dems immediately pounced, hammering Barton's Tweet as proof that the apology for his BP comments wasn't sincere.

Now Barton is in damage control mode yet again: He's just deleted his Tweet.

It's a head-spinner: Barton apologizes to BP. Then he apologizes for his apology. Then he unapologizes and says he was right all along. And now he's trying to expunge any sign that he unapologized.

Maybe Barton should just stop talking. Plug his damn hole already.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Barton spokesman Sean Smith is taking the fall for the offending Tweet. He emails:

Guilty as sin, your honor. Without thinking about it much, I added a headline from one of the daily news clips to a website that is, in turn, linked to the congressman's Twitter account. I won't be doing that again.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Barton spokesman Smith adds that the Congressman didn't know anything about the Tweet unapologizing for his BP apology.

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Joe Barton(R) The "Sorry" congressman from Texas.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"Guilty as sin" doesn't cut it, Sean. Even posting that link to the Amplify page shows the true attitude of Barton's office. The only thing you and Barton are sorry for is getting all the backlash.

Posted by: boloboffin1 | June 23, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like "Sorry" Joe Barton has plunged right back into the Oil Spill.

Will Boehner and Cantor rescue him again, and clean all the oil from his plumage, once more?

What will Boehner say to Joe?

"Tweet Mother Of God, Joe! Shut Your Blow Hole" ?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

They seem to be channeling the Sue "Chickens for Checkups" Lowden campaign.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"Guilty as sin, your honor. Without thinking about it much, I added a headline from one of the daily news clips to a website that is, in turn, linked to the congressman's Twitter account. I won't be doing that again."

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

Well isn't that special?

Barton;'s spokesperson defense of Sorry Joe Barton is that he hired an incompetent moron like me, Sean Smith, to do his talking and posting for him. That is hilarious.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm seriously LOL at this.

lmsinca, totally. Turns out it's not so much fun to be a Republican and actually say what you really feel.

What a bunch of freaking idiots.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

FYI all:

President Barack Obama will make a statement on McChrystal at 1:30 p.m. ET

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

General Petraeus to take over running the Afghanistan operations.

That is a win win for President Obama. McChrytal was just a pale imitation Petraeus wannaby.

Petraeus knows when to keep his mouth shut, and is far more competent that loose cannon McChrystal.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for the actual announcement, but looks like McCrystal is out and USA IS IN BABY!!! Leaders of Group C in the World Cup.

How will the recent news affect operations in Afghanistan though?

Posted by: PaulW99 | June 23, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of forces in Afghanistan, source tells CNN.

Wow!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

McChrystal Career Obituary Line Should Read:


Rolling Stone Gathered "No Mas".

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

>Rolling Stone Gathered "No Mas"

Haha, good one Liam.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry Joe" -- I like it!

Posted by: jzap | June 23, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

McChrystal out. Petraeus in. I was hoping for this to happen. Let's see if The Magician has one more up his sleeve. Good luck, General Petraeus, you are sure gonna need it. Let's hope Obama sticks to the WD timetable and we get the hell out of there ASAP. Afghanistan is for losers. So is Pakistan. Let's just bomb Al Qaeda like VP BiteMe suggested.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 23, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Re: Barton: What about an apology for disagreeing with Limbaugh?

Posted by: wbgonne | June 23, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

there seems to be a parallel between barton and mcchrystal -- both seem to let their, respectively, unprofessional and tonedeaf attitudes filter down to their staffs.

and i don't think it's cos either one isn't in control of their personnel; it's because that's the kind of attitude they foster and that normally works out very well for their underlings.

what's the saying? a fish rots from the head...?

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | June 23, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

wbgonne, I agree, here's hoping we can stick to the timetable, and I think the right decision was made to replace McChrystal with Petraeus. I'm happy to be wrong yesterday.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Imsinca: Yeah, I guessed Obama would keep McChrystal, too, and if things were going well in Afghanistan he might have, I imagine. But with Petraeus available this looks like a smart move. My only fear is that Petraeus now gets "bonus time" to make things work in Afghanistan. Stick to the schedule and get out of that hellhole.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 23, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The aide will take the fall for him because others have done it before to shield from the political fallout his statement made.

His tone deaf attitude of defending BP is a gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: beeker25 | June 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

And now we wait for Cantor's comment........

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Greg while you were asleep at the wheels, important things like, umm, I don't know, stanley frakking mcchrystal got canned. Do you happen to know anything about that ?

Posted by: amkeew | June 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Obama asserted himself. He really had to. The gossipy stuff would have been easier to get past (see the KO special comment from last night), but he dissed allies, too. After all the effort that was put forth to cajole the allies into sticking with us, it would have been horrid to leave McChrystal in there. Plus the detriment to the troops if they think their commander doesn't agree with their mission. Bad, horrid, unsustainable.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Good job, President Obama!

Posted by: sbj3 | June 23, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"VP BiteMe"

LOL...think this will catch on??

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

lmsinca, I'm also waiting to hear from Republicans on this news.

Scanning teh interwebs it seems like the response from Republicans ranges from the irrational ("It's all Biden's fault") to blind allegiance to McChrystal or knee-jerk anything Obama does is wrong for the country ("Obama is a criminal for firing him") to, believe it or not, outright praise for Obama's standing up for civilian control of the military ("Obama I salute you"). Those quotations are paraphrased from a politico story.

Should be interesting. The GOP has a LOT they need to sort out. But this was definitely very very well by Obama imho.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The more I learned about General McChrystal, the more the guy scared the hell out of me.

He is approaching his 56th birthday, and he has bragged to the media that he only sleeps four hours out of each day, he runs seven miles each day, even when the temp. reaches 120 degrees, and he only eats one meal, at the end of each day.

Top that off with the fact he has been immersed, on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan for the past eight years, with all the stress that entails.

How on earth could he possibly expect to think, and express himself rationally, when he is habitually sleep deprived, malnourished, and over exposed to the massive stresses of war.

I am glad that he has been removed from his command.

He was a ticking time bomb, that could have done a lot more damage, were he allowed to remain in command.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Edit: should be "handled very very well by Obama"

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

US got past Slovenia to last 16. Mac got canned. Petraeus got the hot seat. All around good news today and the day is not even half over yet.

Posted by: amkeew | June 23, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, the most respectful comments from the right yesterday came from the McCain trio. Hoping they do it again today.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The Petraeus choice reminds of Hillary for State. Nicely done.

Posted by: AllButCertain | June 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Cantor: "Obama mugged General McChrystal just like he did to BP. More Chicago-style thuggery by the uppity you know what. (Obama's probably doing crack like the rest of them do.)"

Although he might not put it that way exactly.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The choice of Petraeus may quash negatives from the right. I saw a tweet from someone that went something like:

Obama plays chess while the GOP yells king me.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

He's my Congressman and he's bought and paid for. As you may have noticed, he doesn't give a crap about this country. But he has so much money, the Democrats won't run anyone against him. What an embarrasment he is to his district and his country. He's the personification of the greedy Republican poisoning all that surrounds him...in Jesus' name.

Posted by: danw1 | June 23, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Ha, nice lmsinca.

Sue, yeah, I'd think at least SOME Republicans would come out in favor of the move.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

National disgrace... should be replaced by a frog.

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | June 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

All, my quick take on firing of McChrystal:

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

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 23, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of incredible that he's pulling this kind of BS when he KNOWS he's being watched!

I can't imagine what he does when no one is looking!

And the Republicans just agreed to keep him as the ranking minority member on the oil drilling committee! He's been AFFIRMED as their poster boy!

Unreal.

Posted by: theorajones1 | June 23, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Ignorant hillbilly Barton is the gift that keeps on giving. Way to go GOP - when you are painted as the old white guy corporate apologists, you just HAVE to live up to the stereotype with this moron!

Posted by: gene11 | June 23, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

So let's recap.

Barton was for BP before he was against BP before he was for BP before he was against BP.

Am I up to speed on this one?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 23, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Barton's spokesperson just get his own account so he can write all the crazy stuff he wants? Is Barton going to fire his employee for breaking into his Twitter account?

Posted by: flounder2 | June 23, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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