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Dems Mount Effort to Label Conservative GOPs as 'The BP 114'
The Hill ^ | 6/20/2010 | Michael O'Brien

Posted on 06/20/2010 5:37:09 PM PDT by Qbert

Democrats sought to bunch together House Republican members of a committee critical of a $20 billion oil spill relief account funded by BP, labeling them "The BP 114."

Democrats are trying to explicitly tie the 114-member Republican Study Committee (RSC) to a top Republican's apology to BP this week for the government's actions to compel BP to create the $20 billion fund to pay out claims to victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) took steps this weekend to cast RSC members as in agreement with Rep. Joe Barton's (R-Texas) apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward during a hearing this past week through its extensive email list and an online ad buy.

At issue are remarks similar in tone by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the group of House conservatives, along some other members of the group, that were critical of the fund. Price said the creation of the fund was a result of "Chicago-style shakedown politics" by President Barack Obama and his administration, which pressured BP into creating the relief fund.

(Barton called the account a "slush fund," and echoed the "shakedown" claim.)

Many RSC members have been sharply critical of Barton's apologetic remarks to Hayward on Thursday. Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Joe Bonner (R-Ala.) have demanded Barton's resignation as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Two other members of the study committee who also serve as members of leadership, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), have also called Barton's remarks "wrong."

Still, Democrats have gone to great lengths to portray RSC members' views as in lockstep with Barton's sentiments.

"While a Republicans criticized Barton once he became a PR problem, not a single member disagreed with the RSC attack on the accountability fund which happened the day before Barton's comments," noted DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan.

To that end, the DNC sent out emails to the districts of the 114 members of the committee, which included tools allowing recipients to easily call local radio stations and express opinions on the members. The DNC also started running Google ads redirecting users who search for members of the committee to a Democratic-hosted page criticizing RSC members for their views on the oil spill. 

"Rep. Price stated from the very beginning that BP should be held fully responsible for this tragedy. Rather than focus on responding competently to this crisis, Democrats are focused entirely on playing politics to cover up their lack of leadership," said Price spokesman Ryan Murphy. "The American people are looking for solutions not the same, tired political games. Republicans have solutions and that is why the Democrats are now grasping at political straws."

The "BP 114" effort is part of a broader political push by Democrats in Congress and the White House to capitalize on Barton's remarks, which the DNC claimed was a "pivot point" in the debate over the oil spill. President Barack Obama had been suffering from flagging approval ratings over his handling of the ecological crisis, but Democrats seized on Barton's controversial statement in an effort to get traction on the spill as an issue. 


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barton; democrats; oilspill
...They're getting more desperate each day. And they can't spin this away:

Obumbler- Biggest recipient of campaign contributions from...BP

Rahm Emanuel- Lives rent-free in the basement of...a BP advisor

1 posted on 06/20/2010 5:37:10 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert
March 10, 2009 – BP submits an Initial Exploration Plan to MMS for its Macondo well

April 6, 2009 – Obama Administration issues permit for Macondo well

February 2, 2010 – Obama proposes cuts to Coast Guard budget

March 31, 2010 – Obama proposes expanded offshore drilling

April 20, 2010 – TRANSOCEAN DEEPWATER HORIZON explodes, killing 11


House committee on transportation and infrastructure timeline
2 posted on 06/20/2010 5:47:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Qbert

I knew they were going to use the oil spill and try to pin it on the republicans. Of course, Joe Barton did his part too.


3 posted on 06/20/2010 5:49:32 PM PDT by 38special (I mean come on.)
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To: Qbert

the more the rats try to politicize this the more they are in trouble considering:

1- their members were the top recipients of campaign $$ from BP...

2- oil continues to spill into the gulf destroying the area while this incompetent administration has no plan...

3- new stories crop up almost daily pointing to the fact this inept administration knew in advance about the potential of this disaster and did nothing...

4- zero continues to play golf while the gulf self destructs...

of course this assumes the GOP turns the tables on the rats and use these talking points...not to hopeful in that vane...


4 posted on 06/20/2010 5:50:48 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: 38special

Gotta love those special ‘rino’s’...

The gift that keeps on givin... for the D’s that is.


5 posted on 06/20/2010 5:52:44 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Qbert

WAKE UP AMERICA




6 posted on 06/20/2010 5:55:14 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Qbert

They should probably wait to see what O does with the cash before they defend the slush fund too ardently.

If history is any teacher, it won’t go to the people who need it.


7 posted on 06/20/2010 5:55:14 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Qbert
Let's not let people forget:


8 posted on 06/20/2010 5:56:25 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: Qbert

Even though we understand and appreciate what Joe Barton said, you know when he opened his mouth it was a gift
to the Democrats to take the focus off of Obama and his Golfing, parties, etc.

You have to have the smarts to work against the Dems


9 posted on 06/20/2010 5:57:00 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Qbert

OBAMA (the ‘empty suit’) and the RATs (clueless AHoles) have ZERO credibility left with the American people (at least the intelligent ones), and are now utterly grasping at straws (and ‘straw men’) like they did against Bush when the country swallowed their toxic deceptive campaign ads.

I think not, that the country will swallow again, from the same toxic waste they are desperately trying to shove down our throats.


10 posted on 06/20/2010 5:57:59 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: cripplecreek

I haven’t seen that before- that’s awesome!


11 posted on 06/20/2010 5:59:37 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Why don’t they just run on how great things have been since 2007 when the dems took over congress?


12 posted on 06/20/2010 6:01:09 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: SoCalPol

Joe Barton is an opportunity to eductate America. This was a shakedown.
http://brayincandy.com

Pray for America


13 posted on 06/20/2010 6:01:29 PM PDT by bray (Did Rush say Complete Failure?)
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To: Qbert

The socialists are really delusional to think that such a lie is going to work. Really pathetic.


14 posted on 06/20/2010 6:04:06 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: 38special

“I knew they were going to use the oil spill and try to pin it on the republicans. Of course, Joe Barton did his part too.”

Who knows- this might turn out to be another Joe Wilson situation: initial
condemnation by the Dems; panicked apologies from the GOP... But eventually people realize he was right and he grows in popularity.


15 posted on 06/20/2010 6:04:12 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: LibFreeUSA

Beg to differ ,the public will Buy it because the Republicans are running scared and will not defend what Barton Meant so they will be perceived as Guilty.
They can say Barton was wrong in saying he was Apologizing but he was Defending the rule of Law,we are a Country of Laws not Men and when a Catastrophy Happens you cant sell out your Principles,the President is acting Like Hugo Chavez a Tin Pot Dictator.
For once lets act Like Americans,we can use the system to Punish The Guilty but lets not have a Lynching.
If the Republicans are not going to Stand up for America Then They dont deserve to be in Power anymore than the Banana Republic tyrant that we have now


16 posted on 06/20/2010 6:06:03 PM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Qbert

It’ll fail.

The fact that Bonner and Miller have come out against Barton blows the hugest hole in the argument.

I’ll say this for Jo. It took 8 years but he’s finally making a name for himself.


17 posted on 06/20/2010 6:16:01 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: Qbert

18 posted on 06/20/2010 6:17:34 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: Qbert

Twitter Tweet from Sarah Palin:

RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton’s BP comment is “GOP philosophy”Rahm,u lie


19 posted on 06/20/2010 6:24:04 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Qbert
"The BP 114."

How about "The Commiecare™ Crowd"?

20 posted on 06/20/2010 6:35:53 PM PDT by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Libloather

McCarthy wasn’t wrong, neither is Barton,
but just watch the rat machine at work.
Clockwork rat, you can see the gears turning.


21 posted on 06/20/2010 6:40:20 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Qbert

The RATs haven’t figured out that We The People aren’t buying their BS. TOAST time.


22 posted on 06/20/2010 6:42:08 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

“RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton’s BP comment is “GOP philosophy”Rahm,u lie”

Nice!

I can just picture little Lib heads exploding...


23 posted on 06/20/2010 6:50:44 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Pathetic. The BP 114. That’s as effective as naming a western film “The Magnificent 435”, or a thriller “Estuary’s 11”.


24 posted on 06/20/2010 6:54:34 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: bray
Just so. The craven cowardice of the republican leadership was the most shameful aspect of this whole affair. Thanks to the 'rats' hysterical reaction, the republicans had a rare opportunity to grab the spotlight and shine it on the lawless, criminal regime that has usurped the White House.

But instead, they wet their pants, piled on poor honest Joe Barton, and (again) gave away the game without a fight to the street trash.

This "BP 114" deal is pretty clumsy but it will work in some districts simply because the GOP will fail to defend themselves.

Nor will the GOP spend money telling the truth about Obama and BP any more than they told the truth in 2008 about his socialist totalitarian leanings. Call it the Bush/McCain Syndrome.

25 posted on 06/20/2010 6:55:19 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Qbert
Hussein and his CULT brought us:

stimulus that cost $1T, and exacerbated unemployment

HusseinCare--higher health costs and less care

ridicule regarding Iran, Israel, and Iraq.

The law REQUIRES HUSSEIN TO CLEAN THE OIL SPILL! Any problems with BP/Oil are BECAUSE OF HUSSEIN.

So good luck trying that, you jerkwad Demonrats.

26 posted on 06/20/2010 7:44:36 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Attn: RATs

DLTDHYAOTWO.


27 posted on 06/20/2010 7:52:51 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: hinckley buzzard

Which is why we have to elect more Bartons. We need people who when they accuse us of hurting the people we double down and say no we are trying to protect them.

Our elected girls have no clue the Tea Party exists or why.

Pray for America


28 posted on 06/20/2010 9:41:48 PM PDT by bray (Did Rush say Complete Failure?)
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