Barton as Patton

 Posted by at 18:21  Politics, Republicans
Nov 302010

In the previous post you will find video of President Obama’s remarks to the press following his meeting with congressional leaders today. He continues to stress the need for bipartisanship and appears to still believe that the Republicans have a desire to work with his administration in governing this country. Obviously he spoke before he saw Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-Texas) slide presentation that he prepared as part of his campaign to become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee…


Does that look like something that came from somebody who is the least bit interested in bipartisanship?

UPDATE: This, via CNN…

Obama promises more outreach to GOP

President Barack Obama told GOP leaders behind closed doors Tuesday that he had failed to reach across party lines enough during his first two years in office, a senior administration official told CNN.

He promised to do a better job of bipartisan outreach in the days ahead, the official added.

“The president said he had to do better, and the president is ready to do his part,” the official said.


Just out of curiosity, has anybody seen any indication from the Republicans that they were ready to do their part? I sure haven’t.

Republican philosophy

 Posted by at 15:09  Politics, Republicans
Jun 202010

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was the guest on ABC’s “This Week” this morning. He reminded everybody of the Republican party’s governing philosophy and what will happen if that party is ever allowed back into power. Watch:

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That’s not a political gaffe, those are prepared remarks. That is a philosophy. That is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here as BP, not the fishermen.


Jun 172010

Watch as Rep. Joe Barton (Republican, Texas) apologizes to BP CEO Tony Hayward (I hope you’ve already had lunch):

Really, Joe?

I think he’s serious. He looks serious. And he sure sounds whiny.

Judging from Mr. Hayward’s composure during Mr. Barton’s remarks, even he was embarrassed.

Response from the White House:

“What is shameful is that Joe Barton seems to have more concern for big corporations that caused this disaster than the fishermen, small business owners and communities whose lives have been devastated by the destruction. Congressman Barton may think that a fund to compensate these Americans is a ‘tragedy’, but most Americans know that the real tragedy is what the men and women of the Gulf Coast are going through right now. Members from both parties should repudiate his comments.”

From the DNC:

“While the President has gotten BP to rightfully apologize to the American people for their reckless behavior, their inexcusable response and their insulting approach, Republicans are apologizing to BP. Republicans could not have this more backward, and it raises serious questions as to why they are on the side of BP and the oil companies instead of that of the American people. The only people Republicans and Joe Barton should be apologizing to are the people of the Gulf who they’ve turned their backs on to defend BP.”

P.S. Remember that if by some fluke the Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives this fall, Representative Barton is in line to become Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee (which oversees big oil).