It is truely amazing to see the depths of degradation some politicians will go to just to curry favor with big business.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, sits on the committee that is grilling the head of BP oil over the oil spill currently fouling beaches along thousands of miles of coastline and adding millions of barrels of oil to the Gulf of Mexico.
His reaction to the whole thing: Apoligize for President Obama being nasty to BP.
How is this level of cluelessness possible? Well, he’s a politicians, is how. In American politics, especially for what passes for the GOP these days, it’s all about being against everything President Obama does. As I’ve said here before, if Obama saved a puppy, some members of the GOP would find a way to criticize him for it.
Barton is a case in point. Apparently he didn’t get the memo that BP is the bad guy in all this. There is a public outcry demanding it be put on the hook for billions of dollars of costs, and there is a national outcry for someone, anyone, to make sure they pay up. Obama has done just that.
So, naturally, Barton’s first reaction as a party loyalist was to apologize to BP. You can read it all here (click).
Amazingly, even his own party can’t quite handle this one, and have forced him to retract his apology.
His first reaction, of course, was to claim he was somehow misquoted — that pesky liberal media and their liberal tape recorders again! — but now he’s just said he’s sorry he was sorry.
I haven’t time to check on how much in campaign donations he gets from the oil industry, but I’d bet it’s substantial.