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"Worst Week in Washington": And the winner is....Joe Barton!

Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) provided a perfect example of snatching defeat from the jaws of political victory on Thursday -- and, in so doing, engineered a come-from-behind victory for the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" award.

On Thursday, Barton -- in his prepared remarks (!) -- apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the way he was treated by the White House during a meeting on Thursday.

Um, what?

Democrats pounced -- the Fix email inbox rapidly filled up with calls of condemnation from the White House on down -- and Barton, under pressure from his party leadership, first apologized for his comments and then retracted his initial apology. Got all of that?

What Barton's antics accomplished was to take the focus off of a president and an Administration clearly still struggling to wrap their arms around the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Obama's address was widely panned by the punditocracy and a growing number of local elected officials along the coast are taking to the cable chat shows to decry the federal government's handling of the environmental disaster.

But, thanks to Joe Barton, all anyone is talking about today is his apology.

Not good. But, plenty good to win our "Worst Week in Washington".

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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Smoking Gun from the Front Page of the NY Times-

If the rest of the media picks up on this, I have a vote for next week's worst week in washington winner...

Failure of Rig’s Last Line of Defense Tied to Myriad Factors

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: June 20, 2010


This article is by David Barstow, Laura Dodd, James Glanz, Stephanie Saul and Ian Urbina.


"An examination by The New York Times highlights the chasm between the oil industry’s assertions about the reliability of its blowout preventers and a more complex reality. It reveals that the federal agency charged with regulating offshore drilling, the Minerals Management Service, repeatedly declined to act on advice from its own experts on how it could minimize the risk of a blind shear ram failure.

It also shows that the Obama administration failed to grapple

with either the well-known weaknesses of blowout preventers

or the sufficiency of the nation’s drilling regulations even as it

made plans this spring to expand offshore oil exploration."

(check mate)

Posted by: thecannula | June 21, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street, you are the one proving the GOP is really the KKK Party !

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | June 19, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


You constantly PROVE why the democratic party is NOT ready to have a black President.


You are obsessed with hate and racial divisions.


This is no way to govern a nation of 300 million people -

When the democrats attack people based on race, and constantly seek out racial issues, they PROVE that the democrats can not handle having a black President.

The issues that are important to the nation are jobs, reducing spending, and reducing Obama's trillion dollar deficit, NOT trying to provoke a racially divisive discussion at every chance - and the slurs used by the democrats demostrate this.


EVERY TIME BROADWAYJOE USES A SLUR TO REFER TO THE TEA PARY, BROADWAYJOE PROVES THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS NOT READY FOR A BLACK PRESIDENT.


The democrats are the ones who refuse to put racial politics and racially divisive issues behind them.


IT REALLY IS SAD.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 19, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

pajohnson1, the money trail is right. I am very interested in Rubio's situation. He hadn't made a mortgage payment on the house he shared with another Florida legislator since January and the house was going into foreclosure (he has since made a payment to catch up). Wasn't it about January that he lost the use of his GOP-provided credit cards? I thinks someone has been living beyond his means and is now seriously strapped without those CC.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 19, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Go to Barton's Bio on his website. He was a consultant for ARCO/BP just before being elected to Congress.

http://joebarton.house.gov/Back.aspx?Page=Biography

When you are looking for answers, just follow the money trail.

Posted by: pajohnson1 | June 19, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

This just in: Joe Barton apologizes to Nazi Germany for the allied shakedown that ended WWII

Posted by: jckalen | June 18, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

quite the coincidence that FDR had to battle the Conservatives in Congress, but especially the conservatives in the majority on the SC, to get anything accomplished as far as fixing the mess called the Great Depression that he got left. Even back then the Cons were for the corporations, and wer aptly titiled " the horse and buggy court " by FDR, so constrained and backeward in their reasonings and decisions they were.. Key parts of the NDR, like labor laws that restricted the work week to 40 hours, minimum wage, conditions, women and children laws,and programs to help keep people from starving were called unconstitutional by the corporation backed conservative majority court.
Ring a bell?
The more things change , the more they stay the same.

Posted by: katem1 | June 18, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Joe Barton broke the first rule of American Exceptionalism; never apologize. His apology for the apology broke the second rule of American Exceptionalism; never admit you’re wrong.

Posted by: dkossuber | June 18, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

"We now have a twenty Billion dollar slush fund that this President can dispatch to those he favors.

Posted by: tglasgow"
---
You ignoramus, if you knew anything at all besides hate you would know that the escrow is being managed by an independent party, the same guy who handled the 9/11 victims fund.
The President has zero power over how the money is doled out.

MORON!

Posted by: JRM2 | June 18, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

As a 63 year old retiree, life-long Texan, father and grandfather, I am reminded by Washington daily why I am also an Ex-Republican. The "Idiocracy" of being part of the party of NO, including no ideas, no solutions, and no future finally got the best of ole Joe Barton. Joe has now said NO to our country and took the side of big oil as he and his buds have done continually, to the detriment of this country, one time too many. May Joe and the rest of the "ditto heads" chew on those oily words for a long time.

Posted by: TexasCynic1 | June 18, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Well your junk is gone, zouk, drindl's post remains, so why don't you go on calling me a pedophile, calling her "drivl," making up names for Obama and other posters like a fu cking sixth grader and see if you can try for a fifth banning.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 18, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame they couldn't delete all her mindless posts at the same time. I told them where to find them.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 18, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Barton's okay but our choice is ... Mr. Nimrata Kaur Randhawa (fake stage name: Mr. Nikki Haley).

Mr. Nim's mancard was revoked last week for standing by while his wife Nim was allegedly engaged in "personal outreach." Mr. Nim was then required to stand in a corner with Mr. Billie Jean King and Mr. Mary Carillo. This dude clearly had the worst week.
______________

Can you imagine the huge fake controversy Faux News would have created if BHO had tried to run for POTUS as "Barry O'Bannion"? LOL.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 18, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, zouk's collate of drindl's post times got yanked. Could this be ... moderation? Is this a fallback for whatever design change failed in operation yesterday?

As long as there's moderation, could you guy's please just, like summarily delete 37th's posts? They take up lots of space and add no value.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 18, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: rocknwroll | June 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Barton's was an unforced foul.

"There's no fool like an old fool." Or, since Barton is BP's man, "There's no fool like an OWNED fool."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 18, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until they let her out of her cage:

"Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R-NV), who has adopted a pattern of avoiding all media except for friendly right-wing radio and TV talk show hosts, had an amusing run-in with a local CBS station's reporter in Las Vegas -- who asked her tough questions.

Reporter Nathan Baca asked Angle about past policy position statements on her campaign website about "transitioning out" of Social Security. Angle strongly denied that this meant she wanted to eliminate the program entirely. "You believe the Harry Reid lie," Angle replied, also adding that "transitioning out" really meant: "Transition into a personalized account."

Angle also refused to answer a question about her previous statement that people could seek out their "Second Amendment remedies" if Congress is not reined in -- a statement that has been widely interpreted as predicting an armed revolt against the government.

Baca repeatedly asked what she meant by "Second Amendment remedies." Angle ignored him.

As Baca reports: "The reaction from the Angle campaign was swift. Their spokesperson called this reporter 'an idiot' -- and another term that cannot be repeated on television."

That must have been an interesting report for local Nevada viewers to see, hmm?

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"do you losers EVER do anything else?

Posted by: bum"

This is pretty hilarious from the guy who posts every 5 minutes 12 hours a day.

i wonder if he even realizes what a laughinstock he is. The village idiot is reserved for 37, so I guess zouk is the court jester.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

While Barton was way off base in his comment, we still have an incompetent response going on in the gulf. This link is to ABC news. People will long forget Barton comment and remember the response.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/06/18/abc_news_on_day_59_who_is_in_charge_crude-sucking_barges_stopped_by_coast_guard.html

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 18, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

drindl v. good quotes!

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 18, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Chris, in our online chat, you mentioned that Joe Barton represented Houston. He respresents the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Thank goodness he's not ours.

Posted by: llong9 | June 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

BP APOLOGISTS EXTEND WELL BEYOND GASBAG JOE BARTON

As I wrote in this space yesterday, it's not just Barton making excuses and apologizing to BP -- it's NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, former Cheney adviser Ron Christie, a whole host of GOP corporate genuflectors.

Given the lessons of the Gulf oil disaster, can this nation afford to return these people to power?

CC's belated acknowledgment of the political impact of the Barton apologia gives hint to an emerging narrative:

GOP surrender to its extremist tea party wing gives the Dems a mid-term edge and also gives Obama a fresh infusion of political capital -- what he sorely needs to deal with this threat from within:

HOMELAND CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM SILENTLY ATTACKS, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS: VETERAN JOURNALIST

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

HOW HOMELAND SECURITY, PENTAGON, D.O.J. HAVE FEDERALIZED, MILITARIZED LOCAL POLICE, CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS INTO AN AMERICAN GESTAPO

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
NowPublic.com/scrivener OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

37th, we know, we know. Obama had the worst week. But this award is really for second place. Just to make it interesting.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I see the usual gang of idiots has gathered in force. do you losers EVER do anything else?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, dawd, but there are unfortunately far too many like zouk and 37 who are willing dupes and patsies for them.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street

To paraphrase that great American academic Dean Vernon Wormer:

"ignorant, stubborn and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

@drindl: why don't they just set themselves on fire.

Shocking to see Pat Buchanan in this bunch, he's usually down in the GOP adoration of big business.

Love the self-immolation if the GOP. Funny how it all comes together at once... love of corporations, disdain for the environment and working people. Yeah vote for us. I don't think so.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 18, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

drindl, this is the point I was making. These people are far too stupid to realize what they are saying. They are just picking up the talking point and disseminating it like they mindlessly do with everything else they hear from Republicans. Not only are they factually wrong, but they are politically hurting themselves as well.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 18, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson says this:


1) Obama is all tele-prompter
2) Obama is weak
3) Obama is tone deaf
4) Obama has done nothing for the Gulf
5) Big government can't do anything right
6) Oil companies are only good
7) Keep government hands off private business
8) Regulations and legislation can only do harm
9) Whatever the government does is not enough - I guess 20 Billion was real money even in Washington.

______________________________________


This is how the democrats govern - it is all about mocking - and not taking issues seriously.

The democrats are completely IRRESPONSIBLE -

and UNQUALIFIED TO GOVERN.

Anyone who thinks Obama is doing a good job in the Gulf doesn't know what they are talking about.


AND yes, Obama really, really hurt himself with the Oval Office address the other night.

Obama looked weak - Saturday Night Live skits have looked better than that.

I suspect THAT is the reason Obama has not made many addresses from the Oval Office - Obama just doesn't look good there.

When you decide who you want to be President by who makes a speech in a gym with screaming college kids -


That's what you get - someone who can make a speech in a gym with screaming college kids.

Not governing ability.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Full-body press on the gargantuan rightwing propaganda machine to support Barton and try to legitimize his position. As usual, the ignorati will fall in line, as you can see from this board [and will see even more of later when the crackheads wake up]

"Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has been widely condemned for telling BP executives yesterday that he is “sorry” for the Obama administration’s “shakedown” of their company, which resulted in a $20 billion escrow fund help Gulf families suffering from the oil spill. While the Republican leadership realized the potential political fallout and quickly distanced themselves from Barton’s comments, right-wing pundits rushed to Barton’s defense:

– PAT BUCHANAN: “Barton made a very courageous statement in my judgment. … To have anyone stand up and even indirectly defend [BP] and say that they were a victim of a shakedown shows some political courage.”

– INGRAHAM: “I think Joe Barton, before he apologized, had a legitimate point.”

– NAPOLITANO: “That is a classic shakedown. The threat to do something that you don’t have the authority to do. ”

– KILMEADE: “One Congressman calling the BP compsensation fund a ’shakedown,’ but does he have a point?”

– GINGRICH: “The president is directly engaged in extorting money from a company.”

– VARNEY: “It is Hugo Chavez-like, is it not? To sieze a private company’s assets.”

Watch a compilation of conservative pundit Pat Buchanan, Fox News analyst Laura Ingraham, Fox News Business host Andrew Napolitano, Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Fox News Business host Stuart Varney, and right-wing radio host Mark Levin:

http://thinkprogress.org/

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin actually looked at what an escrow account is.

Barton and Price didn't. In the unlikely event that courts find BP owes less than $20 billion to the people damaged by that spill, they'll get the money back. All an escrow account does is guantee that the money is there. Calling it a "slush fund" shows ignorance, and an unwillingness or inability to use a dictionary.

Posted by: F_L_Palmer | June 18, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

According to Weigel, Republican leadership actually forced Barton to back down from his statements otherwise they would strip him of his committee assignment.

I think they are realizing how politically poisonous their situation is.

If they want to clam up and play nice, that's fine with me. They are already so fu cking intent on keeping the economy damaged, so they may as get their worthless asses out of the way for dealing with this gusher in the gulf.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"He had the nerve to say what so many Republicans and especially libertarian Tea Bag people are dying to say. Businesses make no mistakes in going for higher profits - Americans just have to suffer through whatever the consequences even when greed is primarily motivating them."

Exactly, Bob. Profits are what Rs care about. Period. 'Little people' [citizens] who get harmed in the pursuit of them are just collateral damage, no biggie.

Barton made the mistake of saying what he really thinks, that's all -- fatal for an R. That's why Rand Paul and Sharron Angle are in an undisclosed location until they can be reprogammed.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Lest anyone question my prescience, Rush Limbaugh has picked up on the Barton apology meme and began howling it like a little dog.

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

teeheehee

"electoral victories? No thanks, I'm very full"

Posted by: DDAWD | June 18, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

R leadership jumped down Barton's throat:

like the chair of the NRSC John Cornyn
I feel BP's pain?

"I think it's good that there's going to be some money there, I don't know whether it's going to be enough money to pay all the claims. They should pay the legitimate claims. ""But the part that Representative Barton is expressing some concern about, that I share the concern""", is this has really become a political issue for the President and he's trying to deal with it by showing how tough he's being against BP. The problem is BP's the only one who really is in control of shutting down this well, and he's trying to mitigate, I think, his own political problems."

listen to the GOP falling all over themselves
in defending BP:

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/10458/joe-barton-apologizes-to-bp-john-cornyn-shares-bartons-concerns

If the NRSC is so upset about Barton's comments
why have they refused to demand that he relinquish his seat on the House Energy Committee?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

joelinpdx you need to lay of the strong Jo in the morning - 3X posting is a bit much.


Here are the formal Republicans, The Republican Study Committee, calmly stating just about the same point they forced Barton to retract post haste yesterday:


"Washington, Jun 16 - Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after the White House announced it had reached a deal with BP to require the oil company to place $20 billion into an escrow fund to pay claims filed against the company in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.

“We all agree that BP should be held fully responsible for its complicity in the oil tragedy in the Gulf,” said Chairman Price. “In fact, BP has already begun paying claims. Any attempt by the company to sidestep that responsibility should be met with the strongest legal recourses available. However, in an administration that appears not to respect fundamental American principles, it is important to note that there is no legal authority for the President to compel a private company to set up or contribute to an escrow account.

“BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics. These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control. It is the same mentality that believes an economic crisis or an environmental disaster is the best opportunity to pursue a failed liberal agenda. The American people know much better"

http://rsc.tomprice.house.gov/news/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=191125

For fun Google Bachmann on the same topic.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

mark, I saw your comment on the escrow yesterday. I was going to say something, but then the comments stopped working for me.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 18, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson, you said it:

) Obama is all tele-prompter
2) Obama is weak
3) Obama is tone deaf
4) Obama has done nothing for the Gulf
5) Big government can't do anything right

And you might note it was Republican leadership that immediately jumped down Barton's throat. Oh, I know, you think it was nothing but political expediency but the fact is they immediately saw Barton's apology for it was. Stupid.

Posted by: joelinpdx | June 18, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson, you said it:

) Obama is all tele-prompter
2) Obama is weak
3) Obama is tone deaf
4) Obama has done nothing for the Gulf
5) Big government can't do anything right

And you might note it was Republican leadership that immediately jumped down Barton's throat. Oh, I know, you think it was nothing but political expediency but the fact is they immediately saw Barton's apology for it was. Stupid.

Posted by: joelinpdx | June 18, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson, you said it:

) Obama is all tele-prompter
2) Obama is weak
3) Obama is tone deaf
4) Obama has done nothing for the Gulf
5) Big government can't do anything right

And you might note it was Republican leadership that immediately jumped down Barton's throat. Oh, I know, you think it was nothing but political expediency but the fact is they immediately saw Barton's apology for it was. Stupid.

Posted by: joelinpdx | June 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

What is the most hillarious part of this
entire discussion is that we now have Rs advocating for MORE LITIGATION rather than a done deal, holding $20 billion in escrow approach. That's right Rs advocating for
MORE LITIGATION, kind of funny don't you think.
Maybe ATLA needs to rethink it's position and start supporting the GOP.

you know the we hate trial lawyers, greedy
lawyers are destroying this country crowd.
now advocating that they want more litigation.

As Mark Haynes said on CNBC yesterday, that
crowd really doesn't know what they want (other than to kvetch).

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Yes Bush the Brighter and the elder - my typo...

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

@BobSanderson GW Bush wasn't president during the Exxon Valdez tragedy, unless you mean GHW Bush. It was early 1989.

Posted by: debianski | June 18, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Mark,
The other thing is that BP didn't Have to do anything. They could have told the President that they weren't going to form an Escrow account, then the AG would have filed suit to take the company over in receivership. BP knew that the Governmenet would most likely win that, AND they want to look like they are doing everything they can to make this right. I would be willing to bet that BP was HAPPY to set up the fund.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 18, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

If Joe Barton didn't exist, it would probably be necessary to invent him. Because he said out loud precisely what the Republican party has been enacting ever since it rejected Teddy Roosevelt's progressivism early in the 20th century.

With an election coming up, we needed the stark reminder of what a monstrous, antihuman enterprise the erstwhile party of Lincoln has become. Thank you, Mr Barton, for your candor. Now go back to the private sector where you belong.

Posted by: nikkiru | June 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"Skipping the legal system?" So Republicans oppose a private, voluntary solution, and instead think that Big Government should handle this in the form of the courts?

Whatever.

Posted by: debianski | June 18, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I had the early and late money on Angle the Treasonous Mama Grizzly but Barton is really the best choice.

His coughing up of a giant Republican petroleum tainted hairball on live television was priceless.

He had the nerve to say what so many Republicans and especially libertarian Tea Bag people are dying to say. Businesses make no mistakes in going for higher profits - Americans just have to suffer through whatever the consequences even when greed is primarily motivating them. Unconditionally supporting big business is their highest form of Patriotism and why we exist as a country - it makes America different and worth defending.

Obama's ability to really leverage the Federal government and his office at the service of the people of the Gulf forced too many assumptions to be torn asunder in one move:

1) Obama is all tele-prompter
2) Obama is weak
3) Obama is tone deaf
4) Obama has done nothing for the Gulf
5) Big government can't do anything right
6) Oil companies are only good
7) Keep government hands off private business
8) Regulations and legislation can only do harm
9) Whatever the government does is not enough - I guess 20 Billion was real money even in Washington.


On a more historical note:

How many times did GW Bush visit Alaska during the Exxon Valdez tragedy?

Did he do anything to help the people of Alaska in dealing with their ecological and economic disaster?


and in closing...

DRILL! BABY! DRILL!
When will Palin's joyous chant return?
Is it too early still?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

As I posted earlier on another thread, BHO did not in any way avoid the justice system.
He obtained an escrow agreement that means that when claims are filed there will be a kitty from which to pay them, not a corporation conveniently in Ch. 11.

The leverage to obtain the deal is found in the series of statutes passed after the Santa Barbara catastrophe in the early 70s and the Exxon Valdez rupture during the GHWB Admin. It is a good thing that this Prez used that leverage and used it wisely.

Feinberg won plaudits for administering the 9-11 fund during the GWB years and he will administer claims against the escrow. No "slush fund" here, I predict with equanimity.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

To be fair, he didn't apologize to BP for the fact that they were paying for the spill. He even explicitely stated he expected the firm to pay for the environmental and economic damage they caused. He merely expressed disgust for the executive branch skipping the legal system, for political points, in order to be seen as doing something about the spill. We were all horrified by Bush's disdain for the legal system, it is illogical to support this action merely because you might agree with the specific action taken. The precedent set is horrific. Imagine your firm, industry, employer, or even YOU became politically unpopular and the government demanded monetary action without a legal framework. You would likely find youself firmly on this Texan's side.

Too bad he hadn't the nerve to support his statements in the face of entirely predictable political blowback.


Posted by: HoldYourHorses | June 18, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

apparently the right is unhappy with the 911
fund and would have preferred BP's bankruptcy
and the Gulf Victims getting zip.

tglas, Luntz, Boehner, Rand Paul, Bachman, Cornyn and the GOP have all become predictable apologists for BP.

Did anyone expect any less?

Once agin defending the Indefensible, BP

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 18, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

OMG!! A Politician actually spoke the truth for once and then didn't have the backbone to stick with his guns. We now have a twenty Billion dollar slush fund that this President can dispatch to those he favors.

Posted by: tglasgow | June 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

$20 billion is a B.F.D.

Why are Ds, not demanding that Barton resign
his seat on the House Energy Committee?

that will make a great ad, Barton apologizing
to BP with a split screen saying a vote for
a R Congressman will make him Chairman of the
House Energy Committee. BP's candidate.

so CC actually bothers to read our posts?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what the Pundintry thought but everyone I spoke to thinks having a 20 billion next egg to pay claims off of is a pretty good sign.

But as a Democrat I am thinking about sending Mr Barton some flowers to thank him for voicing, on live TV no less, his utter disgust at how the head of a giant, multi-billion dollar a year in profit, company was treated after he and his company caused the largest environmental disaster in the history of America. And isn't like he is alone on this one either, so maybe I should send something to Ms Bachmann too.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 18, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

That was an easy one, CC. Haven't seen that much of a tone deaf statement in a while. What's the point of Barton apologizing if it's only under duress; he obviously doesn't mean it.

Posted by: jasperanselm | June 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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