Posted by: Rick | Saturday, June 26, 2010

“A Tragedy Of The First Proportion”

Smokey Joe Barton’s BP apology orgy is already old news, but I remain shocked at the outrageousness of his initial prepared statement:

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, with the attorney general of the United States.  But I apologize.  I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure. . . [Emphasis added]

And here’s Smokey Joe’s apology for the apology, in full:

I apologize for using the term “shakedown” with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP.  As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico.  BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident. BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future.  I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident.

One of the foregoing statements reflects the sincere views of the leading energy voice in the House Republican Caucus.  The other is pure bullshit.

As the oil washes ashore, Smokey Joe Barton’s peculiar definition of “tragedy” will come to haunt his party even more than his asinine apologies.

What a tool.




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