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New DNC ad calls on GOPers to "stop apologizing to big oil"

Think Dems are determined not to let the Joe Barton story recede into the background, now that he's retracted his apology to BP?

The DNC has rapidly put together a new ad starring Barton that calls on Republicans to "stop apologizing to big oil" and says that if the GOP takes over the House, Barton will be in charge of the probe into the spill as chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

A source sends over the script of the spot, which is paid for by the DNC and will run on MSNBC and CNN:

VOICEOVER: BP caused the worst oil spill in American history.

[Images or video of spill]

VOICEOVER: Now, at President Obama's direction, BP's set aside 20 billion for recovery on the Gulf coast.

[Images of Obama at the White House with BP execs; images of video of the spill]

VOICEOVER: But if Republicans were in charge, this is the guy who'd be overseeing BP.

VIDEO OF BARTON: "...I apologize."

VOICEOVER: He apologized to BP and called the recovery fund a "tragedy."

VIDEO OF BARTON: "So I apologize."

VOICEOVER: Republicans apologizing to BP? Tell Republicans: Stop apologizing to big oil.

The ad officially enshrines the argument that Dems will make as long as Barton is allowed to keep his committee slot: If Republicans take power, their choice to lead the probe of the worst man-made environmental disaster in our history will be a lawmaker who apologized to BP for Dem efforts to hold it accountable for the unending destruction the spill continues to leave in its wake.

Video when I have it.

UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Here's the video:

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Not bad.

You catch the video of Angle being interviewed yet? LGF had it up.

She must think voters are stupid or something.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 18, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's a youtube vid of the attempted interview from a local LV station.!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 18, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The Coen Brothers are working on a movie about the BP created Gulf Oil Spill Disaster:

Their working title for the movie is:

Joe Barton Fink.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Mike, I suspect Angle thinks voters are just like her. So, yeah, stupid.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 18, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

While the GOPers had been making it clear here and there that they sided with BP, Barton's apology in yesterday's session was stunning. The issue now is Democrats who want to get it cleaned up and paid for by BP versus Republicans who want to minimize the financial impact on BP. How can the GOP side with a foreign corporation over the American people and America's environment? There's only one explanation and it's out there for all voters to see: The GOP has been bought off. Joe, for all you do, this Bud's for you! Please JOIN US at GOPHypocrisy:

Posted by: gophypocrisy | June 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted again from the last thread:

BP's chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has told Sky's Jeff Randall that embattled chief executive Tony Hayward is to have a changed role in dealing with the oil spill.

Asked by Randall about Mr Hayward's ongoing role, Mr Svanberg said: "He is now handing over the operation to Bob Dudley."

Robert Dudley has been the managing director of the oil giant since 2009, and prior to the appointment he was president and chief executive of TNK-BP, Russia's third largest oil and gas company.

Mr Svanberg also told Randall that comments by Mr Hayward have had detrimental effects as the company seeks to control the fallout from the disaster.

"It is clear Tony has made remarks that have upset people," Mr Svanberg said.

The chairman explained that Mr Hayward left Britain for the US after the explosion with the express purpose of dealing with the response to the spill, but stopping the flow has not gone to plan.

"Everyone thought it would be done faster," Mr Svanberg said.

The company's strategy had been for Mr Hayward to be the primary voice however the oil giant has struggled with public relations, especially after his Congressional roasting on Wednesday.

Mr Svanberg admitted that the rig blowout is turning from an industrial accident into a broader political concern with questions of the company's ongoing viability being raised.

The company is also marking more than £6bn in assets to sell, as well as withholding dividend payments to shareholders, to fund compensation claims.

Mr Svanberg, whose background is in telecommunications, will now expand his own involvement.

"This has now turned into a reputation matter, a financial squeeze for BP and a political matter and that is why you will now see more of me," Mr Svanberg said.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 18, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Barton's initial comments typify the general Republican party mindset toward the average American (corporations 1st, people 2nd or maybe a distant 4th behind dogs and cats). Think about it people the next time you vote.

Posted by: rocknwroll | June 18, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachmann's Dem challenger, Tarryl Clark, joins the bandwagon with a new ad:

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

Is this move to put Robert Dudley out front for BP, becasuse he is an American, and that will take away the Foreigner perception that Tony Haywire's accent drew attention to.

Of course, Tony Haywire, appearing before Congress yesterday, and claiming that he really was Sergeant Schultz; I Know Nutzing! Nutzing, probably contributed to him being gagged.

The Big Question Now Is:

Will Robert Dudley Do Right?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 18, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Will Robert Dudley Do Right?"

Liam FTW! (Very well done!)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 18, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The first guest on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell show today (hosted by Savannah Guthrie) was Marsha Blackburn. I almost threw up and then almost kicked my tv in (World Cup more important than outrage). It was a masterful display of doubletalk. Obama does not show leadership. He hasn't been doing enough. He reacted too slowly. People from all parts of the political spectrum are criticizing him. Joe Barton was "only speaking for himself." I can "understand the frustration."

That's how she passed off Barton's remarks, as frustration.

I so loathe these stupid, self-serving GOP morons.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 18, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Great post at Balloon Juice on energy policy insider stuff. For wonks only:

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 18, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Think Progress put together a compliation of the GO(B)P pundrity backing Barton, while Jo Bonner of Alabama's first district becomes the 2nd Congressional Republican to call for Barton's resignation from his leadship chair on the Energy & Commerce Committee.

Think Progress video:

I wonder how deep the fault line is going to be between Congressional Republicans and their base?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 18, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

over at redstate they're almost entirely in support of barton. the minority criticism is that the sniveling apology was impolitic. but most of the criticism is aimed at beohner, cantor and miller from florida who called for barton to lose his seat on the committee.

just like angle's looming teabagger rally speech, the repubs in general are in trouble because they have two very different audiences they very much need to appeal to: the wild eyed teabaggers and the moderate independents.

but they can't appeal to both -- the spiels are mutually exclusive. and when immigration comes back to the fore, the gulf will just grow even wider...

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | June 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Looks Like It Is Time For Another One Of Joe Barton's Patented Apologies to BP.

"Jun 18, 1:32 PM EDT

Committee: BP has paid less than 12% of claims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Judiciary Committee says data it has collected shows that BP has paid less than 12 percent of claims submitted by people and businesses arising from the Gulf oil spill.

The committee said in a statement Friday that only $71 million out of an estimated $600 million had been paid as of Tuesday. In addition, the panel said that BP didn't make any payments in the first two weeks following the explosion and oil spill.

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers said he's concerned that BP "is stiffing too many victims and shortchanging others."

The committee said BP hasn't made a single payment for bodily injury or diminished home property value. BP officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 18, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

blah: "the repubs in general are in trouble because they have two very different audiences they very much need to appeal to: the wild eyed teabaggers and the moderate independents"

They actually have 3 audiences. The two you mentioned, and then their corporate overlords. They have gotten themselves into the position that no matter what they say, passed "good morning," has the potential of ticking off one audience or another.

Pass the popcorn! (Should we order more?)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 18, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse


great point. the corporate toadyism has become so naturalized for them that they seem genuinely surprised when people don't go along with it.

compare barton's composure in his apology to bp and his subsequent apology for the apology. in the first, he looks like he thinks he's smashing it out of the park. in the second, he looks disshevled and dumbstruck.

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


One of soon-to-be-many stories of unexpected bad environmental news from the Gulf: the dangers of the methane mixed with the crude oil. Apparently, the methane gas gets dissolved in the water and is a big problem itself. Boy, I hope they get that relief well finished right quick. Two more months of this will be hard for the Gulf to take.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

This is, of course, bullshit from the Dems. They don't really want the GOP to stop apologizing to Big Oil. They'd be absolutely delighted if GOOPers kept shooting themselves in the foot.

Posted by: jzap | June 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

What if the relief well does not work?

After all, BP, has been wrong, about every other solution they have attempted.

When BP started asking for suggestions, about how to stop the leak, from the general public, that is when became convinced that BP were clueless as to what they should do.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 18, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse


From what I've read, a relief well is more likely than not to work because it cuts into the base of the well and kills it, diverting the oil flow to the relief well. The fact that they are drilling two makes it more likely to succeed. Put it this way: I haven't read anyone who is really pessimistic about the relief wells' efficacy, though there are dangers from the relief wells themselves.

But who knows? I have my fingers crossed, that's all I can say.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 18, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Why are the Republicans the one that have corporate overlords? The Democrats recieved more money yet are still considered being for "the people."

The sooner people open thier eyes and realize that neither party has any interest in us the better.

Posted by: BradG | June 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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