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Why Republicans needed Joe Barton to clam up

[O]nly 6 percent have a favorable rating of BP. In the history of the NBC News/Journal poll, Saddam Hussein (3 percent), Fidel Castro (3 percent) and Yasser Arafat (4 percent) have had lower favorable scores, and O.J. Simpson (11 percent) and tobacco-maker Philip Morris (15 percent) have had higher ratings.

By David Weigel  |  June 24, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Texas Rep. Gohmert endorses 'BP fund as Nazi enabling act' argument

And he went on to quote from the column, calling defenders of the fund "useful idiots." Gohmert is in as much danger of losing re-election as I am of spontaneously combusting -- the Cook Political Report gives his 1st district of Texas an R +21 rating -- but for the record, here's a Republican endorsing this argument that I thought was un-endorseable.

By David Weigel  |  June 23, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Congress , Energy  
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Joe Barton sticks around

The ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has apologized to House Republicans after meeting with and apologizing to Gulf Coast members of the conference.

By David Weigel  |  June 23, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The BP escrow fund as Nazi enabling act

I'm in the Senate right now, where there is no appetite -- really, none -- for criticizing the BP fund. The gap between conservative intellectual leadership and Republican politicians on this issue is as wide as we've ever seen it during the Obama era.

By David Weigel  |  June 22, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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GOP candidates echo Barton on BP 'shakedown'

In Colorado, it was an aide to once-frontrunner Jane Norton (Ken Buck now leads in some polls for the GOP's U.S. Senate nomination) who called the escrow account a "slush fund." I'm not seeing a massive trend here, but I'm not sure that local reporters are all posing the question. Plenty of conservative candidates agree with Rush Limbaugh that the fund amounts to "thuggery" or a shakedown -- something the Gulf Coast Republicans who favored the fund disagree with.

By David Weigel  |  June 22, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 Election , Energy  
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Rep. Joe Barton not in line to become energy chairman again

Republicans can appeal for exceptions to this rule, and occasionally, they get them. But as of today, based on the conversations I've had with Republicans, there's no appetite for waiving the rule to protect Barton. It's possible that Barton, who is 60, could lead this committee again someday. But the odds of him leading it if the GOP wins in November are very, very slim. And that's one reason you're seeing Democrats try to move their focus from Barton to other Republicans, including members of the Republican Study Committee, who agreed with the "shakedown" part of his comments.

By David Weigel  |  June 21, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 Election , Energy  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Palin versus the GOP on BP, David Weigel , June 21, 2010
Michele Bachmann takes heat over BP, David Weigel , June 18, 2010
Limbaugh defends Barton's 'shakedown' comment, David Weigel , June 18, 2010
Barton and GOP leaders walk back BP 'apology', David Weigel , June 17, 2010
Joe Barton's apology and a potential GOP trap, David Weigel , June 17, 2010
Bachmann to BP: Don't 'be chumps', David Weigel , June 15, 2010
 
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