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GOP leaders forced Rep. Barton to retract apology to BP (Long past time to ditch the wimpass GOP!)
Washington Post ^ | 6/17/2010 | Aaron Blake and Paul Kane

Posted on 06/17/2010 4:36:15 PM PDT by tobyhill

Under pressure from Republican leaders who threatened to remove him from a ranking committee position, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) late Thursday retracted his apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the way his company has been treated by the U.S. government -- a comment that had drawn heavy criticism from both parties.

Barton made that apology to Hayward in his opening statement Thursday morning before Hayward's testimony to the House subcommittee, in which Barton decried the Obama administration for pressuring BP to open a $20 billion escrow account and to suspend dividend payments for the rest of the year.

The ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said such arrangements have no legal basis, and that the political pressure exerted on the corporation in the midst of an investigation is a "tragedy of the first proportion."

"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," Barton said in the morning. "I apologize."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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1 posted on 06/17/2010 4:36:15 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

The GOP are the Democrats door mats and they don’t even care. They are just Democrat-lite. dummies.


2 posted on 06/17/2010 4:38:31 PM PDT by madison10
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To: tobyhill

Can someone please explain this obsession with taking back the OP(formerly the GOP) when they have no intention of ever advancing the Conservative cause?


3 posted on 06/17/2010 4:38:43 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: tobyhill
I am ashamed of the Republican Leadership. I apologize.

Perhaps they need some more pain. Like hearing from folks who do think this was a shakedown.

4 posted on 06/17/2010 4:38:44 PM PDT by dalight
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To: tobyhill

The leaders suck!


5 posted on 06/17/2010 4:38:47 PM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: tobyhill

Barton may have been right, but you can just see all of the righteous indignation of the MSM whooshing over to Barton because of this. He may have been right, but he gets in the way of Obama being ineffectual and incompetent in the news.


6 posted on 06/17/2010 4:38:57 PM PDT by carola
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To: tobyhill

I’m wondering what level of ineptitude and outright incompetent behavior would warrant harsh criticism of a coporation that’s done so much damage? Is there one?


7 posted on 06/17/2010 4:38:59 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Cowards. They are embarrassing.


8 posted on 06/17/2010 4:40:01 PM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: tobyhill
These Rhinos would help the Dems apply prison shackles to themselves....fools!
9 posted on 06/17/2010 4:41:14 PM PDT by Dem Guard ("Throw the trash out on November 2nd!")
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To: madison10

That’s why it’s always the same people in Washington. It only switches back and forth between Democrats and Republicans depending on who lies the best for that election cycle. I’m ready for a strict Conservative Party, even if it splits the GOP, otherwise it will continue to be the same back and forth.


10 posted on 06/17/2010 4:41:39 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: carola
It was a shakedown and it’s long past time the idiots that voted for Obama hears it.
11 posted on 06/17/2010 4:43:38 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
Another glowing example to reinforce why we need to vote conservative candidates into office this November.
12 posted on 06/17/2010 4:47:18 PM PDT by 23 Everest (Zero, Glittering Jewel of Colossal Ignorance. Day 59)
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To: Man50D

They just want to head the committees and have nice offices. Honestly, that’s all it is.


13 posted on 06/17/2010 4:48:23 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Man50D

“Can someone please explain this obsession with taking back the OP(formerly the GOP) when they have no intention of ever advancing the Conservative cause?”

Yes, because the alternative is revolution. Let’s take a chance on restructuring the Republican party first...it is much less bloody. I am serious about this. Try to remain patient.


14 posted on 06/17/2010 4:50:10 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: tobyhill

“GOP leaders forced Rep. Barton to retract apology to BP (Long past time to ditch the wimpass GOP!)

Did you ever take logic courses in school?

Example:You live on a river that floods from time to time. Should you build a dike of straw or should you move to higher ground?

The dike of straw is the Democrats. A few feet higher are the Republicans.

Your choices are to expect floods, and accept the consequences or to minimize your risk even if slightly. The reality is a very small number of people in the middle determine the political direction of the country. Lose the higher land and face the flood is certainly an option.

Your turn genius.


15 posted on 06/17/2010 4:51:01 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: tobyhill

“GOP leaders forced Rep. Barton to retract apology to BP (Long past time to ditch the wimpass GOP!)

Did you ever take logic courses in school?

Example:You live on a river that floods from time to time. Should you build a dike of straw or should you move to higher ground?

The dike of straw is the Democrats. A few feet higher are the Republicans.

Your choices are to expect floods, and accept the consequences or to minimize your risk even if slightly. The reality is a very small number of people in the middle determine the political direction of the country. Lose the higher land and face the flood is certainly an option.

Your turn genius.


16 posted on 06/17/2010 4:51:54 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Wpin
We've tried restructuring the GOP but all we get is the GOP establishment dictating what we say, how we say it and forced acceptance of their incompetence.
17 posted on 06/17/2010 4:53:20 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: Wpin
Let’s take a chance on restructuring the Republican party first...it is much less bloody.

Let's take a chance on a party actually grounded in Conservative values. This losing strategy has been attempted for some time. It's the political version of battered wife syndrome.
18 posted on 06/17/2010 4:53:28 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: tobyhill

” Barton met with House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) Thursday afternoon,
and was told, “Apologize, immediately. Or you will lose your [subcommittee] position, immediately.
Now that he has apologized, we’ll see what happens going forward.”

Ah..isn’t this also a shake down ?
Maybe we should rename the Republican wimps- Minos-men in name only.
We know Palin and Bachmann and Liz Cheney and Gov Brewer would have stood their ground.
I don’t blame Barton, I blame the Republican “ leadership “ for always running scared.


19 posted on 06/17/2010 4:53:41 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: billhilly

I don’t need to explain why it’s time to ditch the GOP because if you don’t see it by now then you never will. Nothing is going to change with the GOP.


20 posted on 06/17/2010 4:55:46 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

I am ashamed of the people who made him apologize and I’m sure Mr. Barton is getting a lot of supporting emails....


21 posted on 06/17/2010 4:55:48 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Man50D

“Let’s take a chance on a party actually grounded in Conservative values. “

There is no way that will happen, it will simply divide. We can change the Republican party...we already own a substantial part of it.


22 posted on 06/17/2010 4:56:01 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: tobyhill

Obviously, Barton needed to be like someone the GOP loves, Joseph Cao. Cao votes for the un-Constitutional, un-American health scare and then tells oil execs to go kill themselves. The GOP loves that sh*t. That’s their kind of guy.


23 posted on 06/17/2010 4:56:11 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: tobyhill

I’ve already said that I’m staying at home in November. These people are not ready to fight, let alone lead. Returning them to office prematurely would be a bigger disaster than giving the Rats two more years.

This voterso country need to have their noses rubbed in the mess that they created. Nothing can change my mind.


24 posted on 06/17/2010 4:57:04 PM PDT by qwertypie
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To: tobyhill

“We’ve tried restructuring the GOP but all we get is the GOP establishment dictating what we say, how we say it and forced acceptance of their incompetence.”

Our work is not finished, that is all that means. My God, you really do not want a violent revolution at this point I hope. We still have time for that down the road. Let’s give the Founding Fathers and God some credit with the design of our government...we can have a peaceful revolution via the election process.


25 posted on 06/17/2010 4:58:27 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
I don't blame Barton either, he's my congressman. I do blame these dumbass Northeastern GOP “Leaders” for always telling us what to say, when to say it and to just always follow their idiot lead.
26 posted on 06/17/2010 4:59:52 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: Wpin
There is no way that will happen, it will simply divide.

The socialists in the OP have already divided the party! Forming a party on Conservative values will only serve to unite Conservatives.

We can change the Republican party

Oh really? Why didn't you take back the OP years ago when there far fewer socialists?
27 posted on 06/17/2010 5:00:40 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D

There are more free market/American philosophy followers now than there were three years ago. We are taking back the Republican party...perhaps you are being a bit too critical at this juncture. Do you really think it is easier to build a new party or make a irrelevant party large than to change the Republican party?


28 posted on 06/17/2010 5:03:53 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: madison10
There is absolutely no ideological difference between the two major parties. The only question now is which party is the most corrupt.
29 posted on 06/17/2010 5:08:04 PM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: The Wizard

When I saw he’d nailed Obama as a shakedown artist I emailed Rep. Barton and praised and blesses him. When I later saw that Barton had recanted, I emailed him and took it all back. There is no one so damned as he who knows the truth and departs from it. I’ll bet Gov. Chris Christie would have called it and stuck by it.


30 posted on 06/17/2010 5:08:35 PM PDT by dtrpscout (A bad dog is better than most good people.)
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To: tobyhill

This will be forgotten in 24 hours.


31 posted on 06/17/2010 5:08:48 PM PDT by moose2004 (It's Time For A Return To A Free Market Economy)
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To: GoCards

Yet another reason for my refusal to fund national GOP fundraising efforts the next time their telemarketers call....

RNC is famous for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory—they should have let Barton’s statement stand. Aside from being accurate, he showed some chutzpah!


32 posted on 06/17/2010 5:08:51 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: moose2004

Hopefully the barge that was stopped by our government will be the news of the day. Good Gravy I have to pinch myself sometimes to see if Im really here.


33 posted on 06/17/2010 5:10:22 PM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: WesternPacific

We do need a new party: The Conservative party, composed of conservative republicans, democrats, libertarians, and independents.


34 posted on 06/17/2010 5:11:41 PM PDT by dtrpscout (A bad dog is better than most good people.)
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To: GoCards

Barton will be a punching bag tonight and tomorrow morning, especially on MSNBC, but the issue will disappear in 24 hours because the entire House GOP caucus either criticized Joe or refused to support him. I’m sure Mika will be out of control tomorrow morning, regardless of the barges.


35 posted on 06/17/2010 5:17:55 PM PDT by moose2004 (It's Time For A Return To A Free Market Economy)
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To: tobyhill

Barton was stupid, his statement was ill-conceived, and no matter what else we may think, BP’s president does NOT deserve an apology.

We can attack Obama without kissing up to the guy who runs the company that has filled our GOM with oil.


36 posted on 06/17/2010 5:18:30 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Man50D

I don’t see apologizing to the BP exec who supports Cap and Trade, gives most of their money to Democrats, and was a willing participant in giving Obama a 20 billion slush fund as a “conservative principle”.

We should be attacking Obama for the shakedown, not apologizing to BP.


37 posted on 06/17/2010 5:20:01 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: dtrpscout
We do need a new party: The Conservative party, composed of conservative republicans, democrats, libertarians, and independents.

I agree. The challenge, as always, will be keeping the new party from being corrupted.

38 posted on 06/17/2010 5:25:52 PM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: tobyhill

Did you ever notice how many evil corporations there are? BP’s a foreign corporation, but it’s pure evil. So are the banks, the auto industry, the healthcare industry, and who knows what else. All these corporations are evil to the Democrats. It’s part of their template.


39 posted on 06/17/2010 5:44:37 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: tobyhill

Did you ever notice how many evil corporations there are? BP’s a foreign corporation, but it’s pure evil. So are the banks, the auto industry, the healthcare industry, and who knows what else. All these corporations are evil to the Democrats. It’s part of their template.


40 posted on 06/17/2010 5:44:40 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: bushwon

When are the GOP gonna stand toe to toe and scrap for their country instead of employing the “smart, disciplined politics” of a permanent minority?


41 posted on 06/17/2010 5:45:55 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Barton’s words, he apologized for an American President behaving like a 3rd worlder, he did not apologize for PB’s spill.

[Barton] complained that “the attorney general of the United States, who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the interests of the American people, [is] participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that’s unprecedented in our nation’s history, that’s got no legal standing, and which sets, I think, a terrible precedent for the future.”

“I apologize,” Barton added. “I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is — again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.”

“I’m speaking now totally for myself,” he noted. “I’m not speaking for the Republican Party.”


42 posted on 06/17/2010 5:48:14 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: roses of sharon

Long,long, long after hell freezes over.


43 posted on 06/17/2010 5:54:56 PM PDT by sport
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I agree, it wasn’t phrased good but he was right on the point, it was a shakedown.


44 posted on 06/17/2010 6:32:33 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

The GOP is falling into obama and the rats’ trap of demonizing and putting ALL the blame on BP to deflect it from their chosen one.


45 posted on 06/17/2010 6:34:11 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: madison10

I don’t believe I can force myself to vote for another republican. There are none in my area that have any balls. They’re all cashing in and don’t want to upset the apple cart.


46 posted on 06/17/2010 6:43:33 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I weep as America gasps for breath.)
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To: dtrpscout

Barton would have gotten a lot more support if he’d stuck to his guns, gone out and held a press conference and say “My party leadership just attempted to shake me down by threatening to take away my chairmanships. I told them to go to hell.” Then the party leaders would have gotten the damned message a little louder and a little clearer.


47 posted on 06/17/2010 6:47:50 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I weep as America gasps for breath.)
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To: tobyhill

Proof-positive a vote for the GOP is just more of the same...WE NEED TO THROW ALL OF THEM OUT!!!

Time to start over!


48 posted on 06/17/2010 6:49:44 PM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: tobyhill

Barton should have told the Republican ‘leaders’ to shove it! I know I would like to tell them that!


49 posted on 06/17/2010 6:51:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: tobyhill
Boehner and Cantor are chickenshit moral cowards. They had the perfect opportunity to educate the public on the lawless, highhanded, dictatorial actions of the Usurper. Instead they wet their pants and hid behind their mommy's aprons. If you're afraid of flatus from the likes of Robert Gibbs, then you're just no damn good.
50 posted on 06/17/2010 7:14:42 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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