BP Apologist Barton, Says Sorry to GOP Then Unapologizes on Twitter

June 23, 2010

(ChattahBox)— Well, this is rich. Rep. Joe, “I apologize” Barton (R-TX) doesn’t quite get the concept of a sincere apology. Barton, the ranking Republican member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, shockingly apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward, during a panel hearing on the Gulf oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation’s history, caused by BP’s shoddy safety practices. Although Barton was only parroting the Republican Party line, referring to the $20 billion victims compensation fund as a “shakedown” and a “slush” fund, House leaders forced Barton to retract his apology. And today, Barton was made to apologize to the entire GOP caucus, before being allowed to keep his position on the energy panel. But a few hours later, a message was posted on his Twitter account, unapologizing for his apology. Do you get the sense Barton’s apologies for his BP apology are not quite sincere?

As told by David Weigel of the Washington Post:

“Hours after getting a respite from House Republicans, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) has cheekily responded to criticism over his “apology to BP” by tweeting a link to an American Spectator article titled “Joe Barton was right.”

The article by Peter Hannaford, put forth a spirited defense of Barton’s apology to a foreign corporation against the American people and his “shakedown” rhetoric.

As soon as the unapology tweet came to light, it was removed and was attributed to a staff member of Barton. And the American Spectator piece, attacking Obama’s “Alinsky” Chicago style tactics, has also been scrubbed from Barton’s website.

Curiouser and curiouser. Barton meant what he said and said what he meant, when he apologized to BP.

The clownish Barton and the Republican Party’s comically inept handling of the political blowback is becoming quite the spectacle.


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