If Joe Barton could suck up oil as fast has he can take the heat off everyone else, we’d have this spill licked.
Then, remember, it was just 24 ago hours that all kinds of Republicans were trashing the $20 billion escrow fund as a “shakedown.” Even House conservatives’ 100-member-strong study committee called it a “Chicago-style shakedown.” But no matter. Thanks to old Joe, the House GOP can make him the scapegoat instead, threatening to strip him of his seat on the Energy Committee for doing too good a job of parroting the party line.
The line from GOP flacks today was that Barton’s apology for the escrow fund was completely different than their criticism of Obama for the escrow fund. That’s a distinction Dems will be happy to let Republicans try to make to voters all the way to November.
David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.