One more dopey Republican saying what he really feels followed by a “keep-my-seat” apology. From Texas, of course. Republican Joe Barton [R] TX said, “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” Barton said. “I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown. I apologize.”
Audible gasps could be heard in the hearing room. Of course he said that and meant it- he’s a Republican and, by the way, deeply involved in the fossil fuels industry. In 1982 as a natural gas decontrol consultant for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company before being elected to Congress.
Here’s the most important question about this incident and a bunch of similar sympathetic BP incidents spoken by other Republicans [Michelle Bachmann, Haley Barbour]- are the voters paying attention to them? And if so, will they remember on whose side Republicans line up on time after time?
Don’t bet on it.