Skip to comments.White House Bends Truth on Joe Barton
Posted on 06/21/2010 2:13:29 PM PDT by Qbert
The pitch: BP-apologist Joe Barton would head the Energy and Commerce Committee if Republicans win the House.
The salesmen: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
The truth: Not so much.
But thats not stopping Democrats from continuing to hawk the Barton-as-chairman storyline.
Democrats believe with good reason that Barton handed them an already wrapped gift when he apologized to BP last week for a supposed White House shakedown that resulted in the company handing the reins of a $20 billion claims fund to a government-appointed independent third party.
Theyve been pressing the case to voters.
[I]ts dangerous for the American people, because while the ranking Republican would have oversight into the energy industry, and if the Republicans were the majority, would have actually the gavel and the chairmanship, Emanuel said on ABCs This Week Sunday.
Gibbs tweeted this last week: Who would the GOP put in charge of overseeing the energy industry & Big Oil if they won control of Congress? Yup, u guessed it - JOE BARTON.
But Barton has somewhere between zero and no chance of being the Energy and Commerce Committee chairman next year, according to Republican rules and sources.
After half a dozen years at the helm of the panel, he faces a Republican term limit rule. Minority Leader John Boehner has given strong indications that exemptions to that limit will be few and far between. Boehner and Barton have a long-running dislike for each other, meaning its extraordinarily unlikely that the Boehner-dominated Steering Committee would go out of its way to waive the rules and give Barton the gavel. And, as several Republican sources told POLITICO on Friday, any chance Barton had of hanging onto his job in the next Congress was almost certainly swept away with his apology to BP.
Nonetheless, Democrats on Capitol Hill are continuing with on the Barton-as-chairman theme even though they know its baseless.
So? one Democratic leadership aide said. Its a valid point to make [Republicans] like to throw out the Speaker Boehner thing a reference to Boehner taking control of the House if Republicans win power.
A White House official defended the thrust of the argument but also implicitly acknowledged that Bartons not likely to be chairman again.
For years Republicans have put Congressman Barton at the helm of the committee regulating our energy policy while he shilled for the industry, fought regulation, and denied climate change, so its no surprise that once the politics changed theyd attempt to walk away from him now, the official said. But the fact is that theyve left him as the top Republican on Energy and Commerce, and by failing to remove him, they have endorsed him.
Sarah Palin was right again!
Do most people really even pay attention as to who’s heading what committee?
At least Bill Clinton was ‘good’ at lying. These turds aren’t!
HEY GIBBELS! WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW IS WHO ARE THE DEMOCRATS GOING TO PUT IN CHARGE OF THE OIL CLEANUP??
BARAQ HUSSEIN OBAMA DOESN'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOLF AND GULF FROM EVERYTHING WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR!!!!
Barton spoke his mind.
It may not have been the most artful thing to say but given the rampant perfidy of this administration, it probably comes a lot closer to the truth than not.
I have absolutely no sympathy for BP but I have even less for Obama and his entire administration.
This administration is corrupt, arrogant, fascist, communist, radical, extreme, criminally negligent snd above all INCOMPETENT.
Thugs don’t need to be good at lying. They say it and bust your knee-caps if you call it on them. Simple.
Capone never really left Chicago.
Who's run all three branches of the government for 1 1/2 years prior to the oil spill?
The White House is just using Barton to try to take attention away from Obama’s incompetence in dealing with the oil spill.
It won’t work. Barton’s remarks will be forgotten by next week and oil will still be in the gulf and on America’s southern shore line.
Exactly. Admin flunkies are using Barton in a kind of wag the dog scenario to divert attention away from the massive incompetence of this administration in attending to the gulf oil spill.
“Who’s run all three branches of the government for 1 1/2 years prior to the oil spill? “