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Rep. Barton, the Apologist

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Was That "Apology for an Apology' Really an Apology?

When you've got nationally syndicated conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer calling something that you've said ""the most politically stupid statement of the year," and you're also a conservative, you know you've screwed up.

That's what happened to Texas Congressman Joe Barton. In a House subcommittee meeting convened to hear BP CEO Tony Hayward apologize to Americans on behalf of the company he heads, for the worst environmental disaster in history, Barton felt compelled to apologize to BP. He said he was ""ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," referring to President Obama's high-pressure tactics to get BP to agree to setting up a $20 billion escrow fund for the people of the Gulf Coast who have suffered financial losses due to this epic oil spill that is still gushing its poison into the waters just off the Louisiana coast. "He called it "a tragedy of the first proportion, that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, a $20 billion shakedown." (

"Rep. Joe Barton was forced to recant by House minority (Republican) leaders outraged at the vision of an American lawmaker apologizing at a congressional hearing to a foreign head of a corporation that had caused great hardships for millions of Gulf Coast residents." (

Not surprisingly, Barton has been the single largest recipient of political contributions from big oil over the last several years. His apology for his apology went like this:

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