Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) vented some frustration online on Sunday toward White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Palin, a supporter of oil exploration who's known for the slogan, "Drill, baby, drill!", blasted Emanuel for characterizing a top Republican's apology to a BP executive as representative of the GOP.
Palin tweeted on Sunday:
RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton's BP comment is "GOP philosophy"Rahm,u lie
Palin was referring to efforts by Democrats, including Emanuel, to portray Rep. Joe Barton's (R-Texas) apology to a BP executive for the pressure from the government to establish a $20 billion relief fund as emblematic of Republicans' beliefs.
"You can say it's a political gift for us, and it is. But it's 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 ABC's "This Week."
"That's not a political gaffe, those were prepared remarks," Emanuel added. "That is a philosophy. That is an approach to what they see."
Other Republicans have chided the chief of staff for that characterization. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Sunday morning that Barton's remarks don't reflect the "mainstream" of the GOP, while Rep. Darrell Issa (R-calif.) said the administration's governing philosophy involves strong-armed taxes.
“Our governing vision embraces the need for an entrepreneurial insurgency, governing by transparency, living within our means and holding those accountable who trade safety for profit while also looking inward at the failures of government and aggressively reforming the bureaucracy before a crisis hits, not after it," he said.