Republican Apologizes to BP

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.

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7 thoughts on “Republican Apologizes to BP

  1. Hello Muddy,
    I am sorry to say that many Republican voters do not care or take notice because the Republicans speak for Jesus….and not the Mexican kid by the same name.

    Last night I met and spoke with many of my Republican members and I just heard the same old, and I quote, “Well we have to support our Republican candidates. Yes I don’t like many of the candidates and some are just plain crooked and corrupt but we have to get those political seats back into the Republican’s hands.” WTF?!?!?! One of our State Senators has had two attempted rape charges expunged and made to go away along with many sexual harassments of female government workers in the State Capital that the State Taxpayers have had to payoff lawsuits and given fast track promotions with the legal restrictions that they cannot speak about what happened. A Good Republican Senator That Represents Jesus’ Values and has been in office for over 20 years!!!

    So the real question in this next election is, “Are the voters going to resort to superstitions and prejudges that is propagated from the leaders of the Republican Party, or are they going to review the facts, decided who is really going identify the real issues needing to be addressed and to represent them instead of the largest “Private Citizen Corporations!!”

  2. Barton, Bachmann, Barbour, Angle, and Paul proved yesterday that conservative Republicans and teabaggers alike don’t care at all about basic human well-being or justice. Their only concern is for the preservation of corporate profits and tremendous individual wealth above all else. They are morally bankrupt and do not deserve to be on the public payroll!

  3. Engineer- may I add that your state, Maryland, is quite center or center/left in its political spectrum, and yet you find these ‘moral’ people elected to state offices. One can only imagine what goes on in the Deep South with these oh-so righteous Christians.

    Jack- my question still stands: will the voters actually think when they go into the polling stations this November? Will they remember which candidates support the corporate world? I am especially wary of southern voters who have traditionally voted themselves out of job and job security by the fast-talking shysters who pimp Jesus.

  4. Muckrake, add in the mouthpieces of Koch Industries. It seems these people have been funding right wing groups, including founding the John Birch Society and now their new, sanitised Cato Institute. Koch also funded the Tea Party crew!

    Koch is a perfect example of the ladder principle in action.

    Again, I point out the Wisconsin AFL-CIO’s reports on the right wing and how it uses single issues to dupe the unawary:
    http://wi.aflcio.org/statefed/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=d39b8466-cae3-48ab-9bf4-eb86f9d3aa11

  5. Barton is the biggest whore in the brothel…he was the biggest recipient of oil industry contributions…1.7 million dollars got the industry a few hours in Bartons hot tub.
    I keep hearing the lame line that by “punishing” BP, we are hurting the stockholders, poor old people with retirement investments…
    What happened to pride? What happened to principles?
    What a dumb ass question!

  6. All this talk makes me want to pop a Bayer aspirin!

    Bayer aspirin – makers of zyclon B.

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