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Joe Barton privately apologizes to GOPers for BP mess; he'll keep committee slot

The controversy over Joe Barton's apology to BP continues to simmer in Republican ranks, but judging by what just took place in a private meeting among GOPers, Barton will be keeping his perch on the Energy and Commerce Committee

Here's the latest: At a meeting with House Republicans this morning near the Capitol, Barton stood up and apologized to the assembled for putting them in a bad spot, a source at the meeting tells me.

Barton told fellow Republicans that he'd screwed up, that what he said was dumb and not thought through, and that he didn't mean it to come out the way it did, the source adds.

Could it be that all is forgiven? Well, House GOP leader John Boehner told assembled Republicans that Barton had apologized, and that it's time to move on, the source continues.

Separately, NRCC chair Pete Sessions told reporters that Barton is all but certain to keep his energy committee slot.

So it looks like Republicans are prepared to move forward without axing Barton. Dems will continue to bang away at the GOP over Barton, but Republicans don't seem too bothered by this.

UPDATE, 10:44 a.m.: Boehner just made it official, telling reporters that Barton will be keeping his committee slot.

UPDATE, 11:02 a.m.: The DNC, still eager to keep the story alive, emails a response from spokesperson Brandi Hoffine:

Joe Barton can't seem to stop apologizing -- but the only apology that Barton actually owes is the one he has yet to offer. And that's to the residents of the Gulf Coast who've suffered at the hands of the company that Barton has went to great lengths to defend.

UPDATE, 11:17 a.m.: The meeting was not in the Capitol; it was at the Capitol Hill Club. I've edited the above to reflect this.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 23, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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That's the best news Democrats have had in a long time. Of course they are still trying to spin it as just a "mistake" confined to Joe Barton when the RSG released almost the same exact language the day before. But I see that document and this situation as an enormous boon to making in roads into House races around the gulf. Its still going to be an uphill road but I would focus energy in red/purple districts in the gulf area and tap into voter outrage over this. It might just be one surefire way to steal a few races and ensure Dems keep the House.

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | June 23, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

If the repubs can embrace that crazy broad from reid's country and that crazy son of ron paul, they can embrace anyone.

Posted by: amkeew | June 23, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I hope this does not inhibit Joe Barton from apologizing to General McChrystal for the way President Obama has been treating him.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I hope this does not inhibit Joe Barton, from offering an apology to General McChrystal, for the way he has been treated by President Obama.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

What Boner and the GOP did was turn on Fox and found the 'press' was not talking about Barton. They turned on their AM radios and found the 'pundits' were not talking about Barton. They did not see any DNC ads on the Fox teevee.

Oh well, nothing to see here, move along.

Posted by: bmcchgo | June 23, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

From the AP:

"WASHINGTON — Afghanistan war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal has completed a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama and has left the White House. There was no immediate word on whether Obama would fire him for his inflammatory comments in a magazine interview.

Significantly, McChrystal departed the White House before Obama convened a regularly scheduled war planning meeting there. Officials had indicated earlier that McChrystal was summoned back to Washington from Afghanistan to explain at that session disparaging remarks he made about civilian leaders in an interview with Rolling Stone."

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

"McChrystal departed the White House before Obama convened a regularly scheduled war planning meeting there."

Pretty telling. Between this and Jake Tapper's reporting that McChrystal told the admin that he compromised the mission, I'd say he's toast. Burnt toast.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

From NBC.

Note that McChrystal told an NBC reporter, when he was entering the White House, that he had not offered to resign.

"WASHINGTON - Afghanistan war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal has completed a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama and has left the White House.

There was no immediate word on whether Obama would fire him for his inflammatory comments in a magazine interview.

Significantly, McChrystal departed the White House before Obama convened a regularly scheduled war planning meeting there.

Officials had indicated earlier that McChrystal was summoned back to Washington from Afghanistan to explain at that session disparaging remarks he made about civilian leaders in an interview with Rolling Stone.


Even before their showdown, the White House's rebuke of the general suggested it would be hard for him to save his job.

Before facing the president, McChrystal met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen at the Pentagon.

On his arrival at the Pentagon, he denied to NBC News that he's offered his resignation. "Come on, you know better than that. No!"

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

lms - guess his goose is cooked then ?

Posted by: amkeew | June 23, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

lms - guess his goose is cooked then ?

Damn Greg, you still haven't dealt with that comment eating monster ?

Posted by: amkeew | June 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Boehner just made it official, Barton will keep slot. See update.

and amkeew, what happened?

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 23, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

You should look into this, and draw more attention to it.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/vitter-aide-attacked-girlfriend-pleaded-guilty/story?id=10913025

"A longtime aide to Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who has been assigned by the senator to oversee women's issues, pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges stemming from a knife-wielding altercation with an ex-girlfriend.

Brent Furer, a longtime aide to Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges stemming from a knife-wielding altercation with an ex- girlfriend. Furer, who has been assigned by the senator to oversee women's issues, has had repeated brushes with the law dating back to the 1990s, an ABC News investigation has found.

The aide, Brent Furer, has had repeated brushes with the law dating back to the 1990s, an ABC News investigation has found. Yet Furer has continued to receive his taxpayer-financed senate staff salary in Washington, even as court records show he remains wanted on an open warrant in Baton Rouge stemming from an unresolved misdemeanor DWI charge. "

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

Posted comments are not showing up. After I posted one again. Then the first one also showed up, three minutes after it had gone through. That is why I had a double post on my snark Joe Barton comment.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

amk, I'd say it sort of looks like he's gone, but we'll see how it shakes out. I assume the President is drafting a statement. I also read he called for a list of possible replacements. In some ways it should have been inevitable for McChrystal to be axed but you never know with Obama. I thought maybe his inner circle would have been sacrificed to our Siberian equivalent instead.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I think what ultimately sinks McChrystal is if he truly uttered the words, "I've compromise the mission." There would be no way for him to take that back or paper over it.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Greg - what Liam said.

lms - Agree. You never know with Obama. I don't buy this meme that Mac is irreplaceable for the afghan mission. What if he drops dead tomorrow ? Are the drawers of US mil that empty ?

Posted by: amkeew | June 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Two things that bother me about The General:

1) Karzai wants to keep him around. We know that Karzai is an election stealing, big time crook, and also a worthless administrator. If Karzai wants to keep The General on, that means Karzai finds him to be someone he can manipulate easily.

2)The part of the article which reported how The General was whining about having to attend a party being thrown by a French official.

McChrystal's role is to be the face of the Afghanistan operation, and to schmooze with the Representatives of the NATO allies.

He said that he would rather have his "ass kicked" than having to go to such a function. Then one of his aides said that the party was very "gay".

The General sounds very childish for someone who is fifty five years old.

After he said he would rather have his "ass kicked", he added but there is no one here that could do it. What is he 55 going on 16?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Liam:

Brent Furer, the aide to Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) who allegedly cut his girlfriend with a knife during a 2008 altercation and has had other run-ins with the law, has resigned after ABC reported on his criminal record, the AP is reporting.

The AP says Vitter "accepted" Furer's resignation.

The move raises the question of why Vitter would accept Furer's resignation now after keeping him on payroll for the roughly 30 months since the incident occurred.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/ap_vitter_aide_in_assault_case_resigns.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Mac could be replaced in moments with a dozen different persons. The fact that he made a point of denying he had offered his resignation indicates to me that he wants to force Obama to "fire" him. And from that it follows that his remarks to RS were purposeful. It looks more and more to me as if Mac feels the war effort is being hampered by the White House and the civilian leadership and he does not want to be the scapegoat for Obama's failure. Obama would not be president but for his claim that pulling out of Iraq was the only way to win the "correct" war in Afghanistan. If he loses that one...

Posted by: sbj3 | June 23, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

sbj, we could pull our troops out of Afghanistan tomorrow and most Americans would be more grateful than anything else IMO. There is no winning in Afghanistan, just strategic walking away. McChrystal got the troops he wanted and a timeline Obama wanted and said he could win. Perhaps he's the one who overstated the possibilities.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

@lms: Oh if only Bush II could have blamed his failures on someone else!

Obama owns Afghanistan.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 23, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama became President because the Republicans drove the economy into the ditch, and McCain went nuts, suspended his campaign, and tried to cancel a scheduled Presidential debate.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

We lost Afghanistan on the day we invaded Iraq.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@sue: If that is true, why would you support Obama?

Posted by: sbj3 | June 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"Obama owns Afghanistan."

That's easy for you to say.

The truth is obviously a bit more complicated than that. Obama inherited an unwinnable war, gave it his best shot, and now owns the consequences of that attempt. The conditions in which he engaged the conflict were already dismal and your attempt to pin that on the President is a failure of logic and common sense.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"It looks more and more to me as if Mac feels the war effort is being hampered by the White House and the civilian leadership and he does not want to be the scapegoat for Obama's failure."

Nice try, won't fly. There has been reporting around that the Pentagon brass and staff are not happy with McChrystal. If he disagreed with the plan he should have resigned. If he was forcing a confrontation with the civilian leadership, it reflects badly on the military because it compromises the chain of command.

Don't forget, McChrystal has already tried to box in the CiC twice before, and the RS article indicated that he would do it again next year, request more troops and time.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Afghanistan was never ours to lose. It is a near stone age feudal tribal region, and not a country.

One billion dollars, annual GDP for a feudal tribal population of more than thirty million people. No industry. Almost all the population illiterate. No functioning national defense force, or police forces. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"I'm sorry for repeating the exact same talking points my GOP masters were formulating 24 hrs prior to the hearing. I'm sorry for saying the exact words in exactly the same context as esteemed colleagues Limbaugh, Bachman, the GOP circle jerk committee, the Mississippi congressman that sounds like Foghorn Leghorn and Mark Levin. Unlike all those guys I should have kept my mouth shut. Please accept my apology and don't take my energy committee post away. I promise to kiss the arse of big oil with renewed vigor but with less transparency."

Joe Barton

Posted by: TUCK117 | June 23, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

* Pentagon source: McChrystal likely to resign *

CNN:

McChrystal is unlikely to survive the fallout from the Rolling Stone story, a Pentagon source who has ongoing contact with the general told CNN earlier.

He will likely resign Wednesday, the source said. Obama was "angry" after reading the general's remarks, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

[...]

McChrystal is prepared to resign if the president has lost confidence in him, a national security official told CNN. Most of the Pentagon brass hopes he will be upbraided by the commander-in-chief but sent back to continue the mission, the official said.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/06/23/general.mcchrystal.obama.apology/index.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

sbj, I'm not saying this isn't Obama's Afghanistan, it was his decision to continue to duke it out there. I'm saying it's very convenient for McChrystal to slander the civilian side of the effort and ostensibly say the constraints Obama put on him either don't matter or can be re-set. I'm sure we'll all be hearing non-stop what a martyr to the cause of stopping terrorism in it's tracks McChrystal is. It's never black or white in a war, there's plenty of blame to go around. Either way we all lose.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 23, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

sbj, I never completely agreed with Obama on Afghanistan. I felt that by the time he took office, it was hopeless. But, I was willing to give him an opportunity to pull it out of the trash can, and salvage what he could of the investment that had already been made.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 23, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

GOOOOOOOL USA.

I Got So Excited, that I swallowed my Vuvuzela.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

USA through to elimination rounds.

My Vuvuzela is over the moon, now that it has learned, that it lives to blow at another game.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate nuance. But if "We lost Afghanistan on the day we invaded Iraq," then you have to hold Obama to account for escalating the effort there. If there is plenty of blame to go around - then please see to it that some gets spread to Obama.

If Mac feels that the war effort is being hampered by constraints then it is his duty to tell the CiC - I won't excuse him for not doing so. And I will also hold the CiC ultimately responsible for the outcome of this war. However, I will point out the hypocrisy of those who excuse Obama now because he inherited an unwinnable war even though they supported the candidate who promised to escalate the effort that he said was vital to our security.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 23, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What was this article about? Oh, Joe Barton.

He's still an idiot no matter how many times he misapologizes.

Posted by: larsonlk | June 23, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

* General Faces Unease Among His Own Troops, Too *

“I wish we had generals who remembered what it was like when they were down in a platoon,” he said to a reporter in the back. “Either they never have been in real fighting, or they forgot what it’s like.”

The sergeant was speaking of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and the circle of counterinsurgents who since last year have been running the Afghan war, and who have, as a matter of both policy and practice, made it much more difficult for troops to use airstrikes and artillery in the fight against the Taliban.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/23/world/asia/23troops.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Considering the putrid swamp that Pelosi is running in the House with all the passes given to the Democrat criminals, why shouldn't Barton keep his job. He was merely speaking out about Obama's thug behavior in circumventing the law. But of course,we all know Democrats would never circumvent the law or behave like thugs-NOT!
Why aren't the Democrats screaming about Obama's inaction over the oil spill or his refusal to override the Jones Act and accept help, or that it took nearly 60 days just to meet with BP?

Posted by: elby | June 23, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

All, check out these new numbers on how seniors are still deeply suspicious of health reform:

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

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 23, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

IMO


President Obama should never have agreed to sending additional Troops to Afghanistan. He should have just set up a friendly enclave, similar to what was done in the Kurdish region of Iraq, while Saddam was in power, and just kept enough manpower, and fire power to pulverize the bad guys, anywhere they were to be found, either in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

The bad guys are also in the places like Somali, and Yemen, yet we are not going to surge into those regions and engage in nation building.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Between Joe Wilson and Joe Barton, we've all seen a clear demonstration of EXACTLY what the REpubliKKKan party continues to be about.

Thanks, guys.

PS Spots under the overpass opening up in the fall.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 23, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Considering the putrid swamp that Pelosi is running in the House with all the passes given to the Democrat criminals, why shouldn't Barton keep his job. He was merely speaking out about Obama's thug behavior in circumventing the law. But of course,we all know Democrats would never circumvent the law or behave like thugs-NOT!
Why aren't the Democrats screaming about Obama's inaction over the oil spill or his refusal to override the Jones Act and accept help, or that it took nearly 60 days just to meet with BP? Perhaps if the Democrats had demanded that Obama actually focus his attention on the disaster it wouldn't have become the catastrophe that it is!

Posted by: elby | June 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I do want to say that, despite the ongoing comments about McChrystal, I REALLY appreciate this post.

Joe Barton isn't going away anytime soon.

And neither is the Republican Party's penchant for sucking up to Big Oil.

Somebody yesterday (jzap?) suggested that not only have the ramifications of the oil disaster NOT gone unnoticed, but that the political will to make a significant effort in changing our failed energy policy will only increase as the disaster continues to unfold. I agree with that position and think that the likelihood of passing a strong energy bill (which addresses carbon emissions) is quite good.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed: President Obama should apologize to BP for not stopping their reckless Oil Spill disaster. Why hasn't President Obama given BP the magic answer about how to stop the leak, after all he is the one who engineered the entire drilling operation.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Barton is a perfect example of why our political system is broken. He can watch as tens of thousands of his fellow citizens have their lives and livelihoods destroyed by a careless and greedy corporation; and yet feel compassion only for the corporation that was at fault. Why? Because as the ranking Republic of the committee that the overseas the industry, he get big bucks from big oil. Corporations own our elected representatives. Members of committees (banking, defense, etc.) should be prohibited from receiving money from the industries they are supposed to oversee. Maybe then, needed changes will actually make it out of committee. At the very least, corporations will have to spend a lot more money to buy off Congress.

Posted by: JustinCC9 | June 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen this?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/joe_barton_un-apologizes_with.html

Strikes me as less than contrite.

Posted by: CalD | June 23, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

HAHA!

CalD, updated on that link:

""UPDATE: Barton has removed the tweet.""

What a freakin FOOL.

I hope the Dems keep running with this as THE example of Republican inability to govern and inability to have one ounce of empathy for fellow Americans who are in distress and need help from the government.

I hope they push ahead with the energy/climate bill and I hope they keep Joe Barton around as a shiny example of Republican malfeasance.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 23, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Of course Barton stays. He's the Oil Industry front man in Congress. Without him, Oil companies might actually be regulated in a meaningful way. He has to protect all the subsidies that the Oil Industry gets from Congress. He has to block any subsidies goiny to alternatives. He has a very important job. That's why they pay him so much.

Republicans are the Oil Company Party. Duh!

Posted by: thebobbob | June 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now Joe can apologize to King George for not showing enough appreciation for our days as a British colony.

Posted by: caebling | June 23, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I like the out for blood libs!
When the repubs start with Charlie Reingold and work from here, it will take months to go through all the "Culture of Corruption" with the Dems. Obama tied to big oil! what a shocker. The dems on top for contributions from big oil.. Another Shocker!
The Dems receiving more money from Wall Street then the Repubs. And by hundreds of thousands. Another Shocker!
Lets not forget the beat down of a wheelchair confined voter who was knocked off his wheel chair by SEIU members. Or the democrat who grab a young college reporter by the neck and shook him. The punch of another black Obama lover to an innocent woman and her husband.
So the green slim pool is leaving trails everywhere. Peter Orszag, GONE! At least he is smart not to get his hands any deeper in S^&* Rhamy will face the same pressure to resign because of his incompetence. Generals speaking out, judges ruling against Obama. This guy is way out of his league.
The democratic party right now looks like the Keystone Cops. Don't know which way is up.
Lets not even get into the 9 days Obama took to visit the Gulf. No visit to Tennessee which had worse floods than Louisiana.I guess there weren't that many black people there.
The worst handling of captured terrorist in NY. He's not a terrorist,he is just a sick individual. Janet In-comp-a-tano.
Stimulus working and creating Jobs!!!
This is the biggest laugh of all. GM pays back the tarp money with the stimulus money..
WHAT!!!
The money to help people in their homes that they couldn't afford thanks to Fanny and Freedy. Failure!! Housing purchases down 33% worst in 30 years. And you know what, the liar in chief will try to blame that on Bush as well.
This Obama is the biggest joke since the invention of the Edsel.

When this YouTube Video comes out, BY BY BY Dems.

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

Greg, just in case it hasn't already been mentioned, I thought I'd let you know that when I clicked on Google's news feed the link to this post on your blog was the #3 link on the page.

Not bad! :)

Posted by: akaoddjob | June 23, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The GOP continues to show its true loyalty is to the corporations, not to the people they are supposedly elected to represent.

Barton is simply a symptom of the disease in American politics.

We have the worst politicians money can buy -- and they have all been bought -- lock, stock, and barrel.

All those barrels of oil have bought the politicians, and every gallon of gas we buy helps the oil industry buy politicians.

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

"The Dems receiving more money from Wall Street then the Repubs. And by hundreds of thousands. Another Shocker!"

Only since they swept the GOP out of the White House.

Adding context is the difference between having something insightful to say and having nothing to say.

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

@dbonade: congratulations, you win Most Fact-Challenged Post of the Thread™.

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

I hope this does not inhibit Joe Barton, from offering an apology to General McChrystal, for the way he has been treated by President Obama.
Posted by: Liam-still | June 23, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse
=============================================

That is good. Very good. I am impressed.

Posted by: foxjh | June 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What controversy? Have you forgotten that this is a country and government FOR THE CORPORATION, OF THE CORPORATION AND BY THE CORPORATION? The Supreme Court has made it very clear, only recently. Quit your drivel. The people mean NOTHING. They are stupid pawns who toddle to the voting machines and do what their overlords tell them to do. Rep Bar-Humbug is absolutely correct. Big business has to be protected.

Posted by: yard80197 | June 23, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I would rather see this guy fired than Obama's new whipping boy, Gen. McChrystal who, I understand, will be taken out on the south lawn of the WH and summarily shot...just as all dictators do to dissidents. Come to think of it, Joe Barton should receive the same treatment. He is OBVIOUSLY a pimp for BP and definitely doesn't belong on the energy committee. Are they ALL crooks, or just MOST of them? "Leadership" in this day and age seems to be directly connected to how corrupt and self-serving our ELECTED representatives can be and Obama is their king. Oh, sorry, the "King of Liars" title is already taken. Maybe Obama is the "Prince of....", no that's taken too. Is there no way out of this madhouse?

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

Salazar is the one who should be in jail. MMS falls under his responsibility and they fired the woman who was in charge. The horizon was supposed to be inspected monthly and there was no inspection for a year and a half. Salazar said there had been lapses in front of congress. Just google, deepwater oil rigs monthly inspection. Nice word there Salazar. If you had done your job, there is a good chance there would be no spill in the gulf.

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

The reaction of the gop establishment to Barton’s right-on statement shows why NO responsible citizen trusts these spineless, gutless weasels any more than they do the d-crat socialists. The inexcusable, outrageous comments of mcconnell are so asinine he makes alvin greene look like Einstein in comparison.

Barton should be praised for correctly characterizing the unlawful actions of the hussein regime thugs as criminal EXTORTION in robbing BP to create yet another d-crat socialist slush fund.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | June 23, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

This guy spineless do as you told, thank you sir may I have another, bought and paid for with big oil money, Barton exemplifies exactly what is wrong with the relationship between Washington government and big business / big finance today. We need to vote these pocket stuffing on the take weasels off of the hill!!!

Posted by: dockwobbler | June 23, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone really expect the party that supported danger boy W for 8 years to get rid of another mouse brain just for saying whay they really think?

Posted by: cmsatown | June 23, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

But OF COURSE he kept his job - he's the beau ideal of all things corporatist!

Posted by: pcw5150 | June 23, 2010 2:36 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 publicly apologizing to Wall Street for not giving them enough of those Republican tax breaks for shipping American jobs overseas?

GOP Supreme Leaders Limbaugh and Beck better get this guy under control. He's a loose cannon

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention that now the new shove down our throats health care bill will raise premiums. 51% of health care companies don't fall under the guide lines. So the small employer will drop coverage, pay the penalty and say, It's the Obama plan for you.
What was it that Obama said, "You can keep your own company" Thank you Joe Wilson for being right. "YOU LIE" is correct.

Posted by: dbonade | June 23, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

McChrystal was forced to "compromise the mission" by this administration and it's idiotic ideas of fighting a politically correct war. I wonder how long the new general will last. You know, the one that Obama trashed while still a senator.

Posted by: thebink | June 28, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Joe Barton:

"Be who you are, and say what you feel. For those who matter won't mind. And those who mind don't matter." (Dr. Seuss)

From here it sure looked like another SHAKEDOWN.

Posted by: scr1bbler1 | June 28, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Nothing "for the People"?

Most of the posters on this page see the Corporation as a bloated plutocrat waving his top hat at his moneybags. That's because they're mired in their high level abstractions, and as such, indoctrinated by the DNC.

Have any of you ever held a responsible position with an American corporation? If you had, you'd be aware that it was a company of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people. And nearly every one was pulling for the corp. to succeed by providing products and services to customers better, quicker and cheaper.

If the big, bad corporations were tomorrow to disappear, who'd provide your cell phone, your automobile or your laptop? I seriously doubt that most of you would even be able to manage a garden and feed yourselves.

Posted by: scr1bbler1 | June 28, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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