As a result of insulting / embarrassing most Americans, the Republican Party and in particular the victims of the worst oil spill in the history of the United States, Republican Joe Barton, Mr. “I apologize to BP” has received the “gong” from another Republican congressional colleague who appears to be more than happy to have Barton “walk the plank” for his incredulous apology made to British Petroleum on June 17, 2010, a date that will live in infamy for Joe Barton and the Republican Party.
Alabama Representative Jo Bonner called on Barton to step down as ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Friday following the Texas Republican’s controversial apology / statements made to BP chairman Tony Hayward on Thursday.
In what may go down as being one of the biggest political blunders of the 21st century, Texas Republican Joe Barton, perhaps a little too caught up in the Republican Party’s theme / message of “Everything Obama does is bad campaign” and perhaps feeling a wee bit too confident in the Republican fraternity proverb of “I’ll always have your back through thick and then”, is now because of his colossal error in judgment, finding himself in the political fight of his life.
The morning apology to Tony Hayward and BP:
“I’m not speaking for anybody in the House of Representatives but myself, but I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. 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.”
Wrapping up, Barton said: “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 that again, in my words amounts to a shakedown, so I apologize.”
Food for thought: America, If you believe in Republican Joe Barton’s philosophy then it would make sense that Benjamin Franklin should have apologized to King George of England for the Continental Congress ordering General George Washington to kick British General Cornwallis in the “backside” at Saratoga on October 19, 1781, thus ending the American Revolutionary War.
The bizarre mid-afternoon apology for apologizing to BP:
“I want the record to be absolutely clear that I think BP is responsible for this accident,” he said. “If anything I said this morning has been misconstrued, in opposite effect, I want to apologize for that misconstruction.”
The contrite afternoon apology made after having House Republican leader John Boehner’s foot removed from his backside:
“I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House this morning, and I retract my apology to BP,” it began, and finished: “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.”
Folks, America hasn’t heard that many apologies since Tiger Woods wife caught him cheating.
With Elections to the United States Senate scheduled to be held on November 2, 2010, for 36 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate, rest assured, The leadership of the Republican Party will not / cannot allow Joe Barton to go unpunished.
Barton’s over the top political blunder is too damaging to the Republican Party which is maneuvering itself to wrangle control of the senate from the Democrats in November. At the minimum, Joe Barton will lose his status as ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, a Republican power move that Boehner hopes will prevent a barrage of 30 second Democrat commercials in the Fall depicting the Republican Party as being a stooge for “Big Oil”.
Whenever the [email protected]! – Slap inevitably occurs, Joe Barton may find himself on the outside “looking in” as a once former Republican heavyweight contender. After Thursday’s fiasco, Republican politicians who meet early in the morning at local coffee shops around the U.S. in order to talk politics and sample the diner’s early bird breakfast special, will without a doubt rehearse anti-Obama talking points in order to avoid making outlandish / costly anti-American comments like Joe Barton.
In fact, because Joe Barton probably smells a lot like “burnt toast”, it’s highly likely that bread is definitely off of the breakfast menu for Republicans at the congressional cafeteria until after the mid-term elections. I mean who likes the smell of burnt toast? Until next time Louisianans, Good Day, God Bless and Good Fishing.