Skip to comments.GOP Lawmaker Apologizes for Apologizing
Posted on 06/17/2010 7:56:42 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes
WASHINGTON Who's sorry now? Rep. Joe Barton, that's who. The Texas Republican, the House's top recipient of oil industry campaign contributions since 1990, apologized Thursday for apologizing to the chief of the British company that befouled the Gulf of Mexico with a massive oil spill. His double mea culpa plus a retraction, executed under pressure from fuming GOP leaders, succeeded in shifting attention from the tragedy, BP's many missteps and the stoic British oil chief at the witness table, to his own party's close connection to the oil industry. Barton started the ruckus at midmorning when he took aim at the $20 billion relief fund for victims of the spill sought by the White House and agreed to by BP. "I apologize," Barton said to BP CEO Tony Hayward, who was sitting at a witness table for another of Congress' ritual floggings of wayward corporate heads. "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," Barton said. "So I apologize."
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I knew that he had apologized for apologizing. I have already expressed by anger at that on some other threads. For I minute here, I thought he was apologizing for apologizing for apologizing — in other words, stepping up and re-asserting that this was indeed a shakedown. But I guess not. He’s still eating his words. Sigh.
Screw the RNC.
I repeat: Screw the RNC.
You’ll never be a winner acting like a loser.
Screw the RNC.
Yeah—I think mainly boneheads are the only ones who runfor office, but on the whole, I think Barton is less bone-headed than most.
To bad we can not have both houses of congress go through the same torment by the little people and ask then what they knew and when did they know it and why did they not do anything about it!
He apologized for Obamas $20B extrajudicial half-nelson. And rightly so.
Put it out of its misery, it's worthless.
Barton was right...for a while!
He retracted that apology...
I am sorry to hear that.
Just don’t call him a RINO. Being politically correct and not speaking out is exactly what the Republican party stands for. Joe has obviously received some remedial coaching today, and is now back in the fold.
We know what to do with incumbents.
I continue to shred ANY mail I get from the RNC. Either they get a spine......or I’ll continue. In fact....I’m thinking about registering as an independent.
The cowardly lion scared of his own tail-maybe he can go to see the wizard and get some courage
Spineless as his own party leaders who threatened him with removal.
The GOP sissies are quite a team.
Idiot. He was right when he said what he said. He was wrong when he retracted what he said. He’s toast, from the voters, or should be, not from the muckey mucks.
The stupid ass should have just kept his mouth shut in the first place.
I caught a repeat of one of the old "Sopranos" shows on A&E this afternoon - two thugs holding a defenseless guy in a chair while a third beat the crap out of him - reminded me of this congressional "hearing" - Stupak:"How long do you think you'll be CEO of BP?" - shameful.....
Get a spine to do what? Let BP off the hook because that is how the vast majority of the public views Barton’s comments.
Are you suggesting BP should not be made to pay for their mess? Who do you want to pay? The taxpayers?
I understand the government dropped the ball on this rig. But if you go into a restaurant and get sick, do you blame the health department? Of course not. You blame the restaurant.
This is why the GOP is always at a disadvantage. The Dems are relentless at going for the jugular; Pubes crap themselves when they see shadows....
Absolutely true, the vast majority, including most Republicans, think Barton is an oil company shill. You don’t apologize to the company which is responsible for this tragedy. People have lost lives, many more are losing their livelihoods.
If anything this demonstrates stay away from RNC adnauseum and work for candidates who mean what they say\
screw the RNC
Being locked in IN -1 I have decided a fellow reejin guy Gunny Popaditch in CA 51 He deserves all the support he can. He is lagging in $$ behind Rep Filner but is on the ground every day.
Take a look at who DIRECTLY deserves your support and starve the clueless wussies who run things from Wash DC
What a great show.
Cowards, cowards everywhere!
Every time a Republican speaks out he turns to the left and apologizes for it, WTF?
Who is making these guys apologize, and why?
What a show! What a scam!
The Feds’ ScamWOW! - Turn off your brain now! Cuz, we can’t do this all day...
I am with you, my fellow FReeper. The RNC will not *ever* again get another penny from me! I decided this in Spring 2007 when GWB, Juan McShamnesty, Lindsey Grahamnesty, et al, were trying to shove “pathway to citizenship” down our throats.
My dollars now go directly to candidates. FU, RNC!!!
Yes, it is always a problem when you stand up for the Constitution! Of course his problem was thinking that the GOP (asshats all) would ever support him.
We have NO leaders in the GOP. They are all PC performers and worry about their image in the news. Right has become whatever the PC folks push...
Thank goodness for the Tea Party - at least they won’t be cowed by the media...(fingers crossed)...
What was wrong with the original apology. Bummer was not helping bring any real resolution to the problem, he was mostly being an ass. Why should the GOP wimp out over that?
If Rats succeeded in bending his message out of shape, he needed to issue a “clarification” not an “apology.” Unless it was to apologize that people have to put up with those doggone Rats and the way they distort everything.
If Barton had conspired with Pelosi and Waxman to caricature the GOP as Big Oil's lapdog, they couldn't have done any better. Barton failed. Big time.
It's not like lighting a cigarette and inadvertently giving the enemy a fix on your position....this was like e-mailing the enemy artillery your GPS coordinates.
He could have used a better choice of words but he was right about the slushfund, IMO.
Obama is a failure...the feds should have been in charge of protecting the coast.
They are disgusting...Barton least of all, IMO.
I'm with you...there must be something in the water in DC. Either that, or Barton's been there too long and way full of himself.
Hmmmm...sounds like Kerry...He was for apology before he was against apology...
The jellyfish strike again.
An odd statement to make in a news report, but perfectly logical in a hit piece, complete with utter lack of documentation.
Actually, if memory serves me right, Bawney Frank was the greatest recipient of oil industry campaign contributions during that twenty year period.
As well as the largest recipient of campaign contributions from the Gay Mafia.
It's good to know that old "foot-in-mouth" is a pathological moron in addition to being a liar.
If he can come up with a section of the Constitution that gives the executive branch the power to bypass all the legal principles of due process, I might take this clown seriously.
If Hussein can do it to the CEO of BP (and gets away with it,) he can do it to anybody.
The Farm Pigs are underscoring the delusion that they are more equal than us other animals.
I assume you're referring to Joe Biden...
Do you suppose if we arrange to publish this useful book in comic-book form that the GOP might be able to grasp it?
Personally I doubt it, but it might be worth a try.
Nothing else seems to work.
If you can't see what was properly the reason for the apology, no explanation is possible.
If you think that blame for the accident is the only important issue currently on the table, you justly deserve the political, financial and social piano which is about to land on you.
Courtesy of abuse of power and Chicago criminal thug politics.
For the first time in my life I am truly ashamed and embarrased for (collectively) my country's elected representatives.