Much has been made of Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-Texas) unbelievable statement at the
hearing yesterday. Apologizing to BP and calling the funds to help people in
the Gulf a “shakedown,” Barton showed his true colors. After accepting over
$1.4 million from oil interests, he showed how deep “in the tank” he really
I have to hand it to him — how much more loyal can you get? But, as they say, with friends like him, who needs enemies? Not only did BP have to wince, but it was the Republicans who realized the fix they were in yesterday. Unfortunately for them, it was a fix of their own making.