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The Barton Distraction

Last week Republican Texas Rep, Joe Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for what he called a $20 billion White House “shakedown.”  Republicans were embarrassed and Democrats were grandstanding hoping to exploit the seasoned representative’s political slip up.  In fact Democrats this weekend continued to turn up the heat on Barton.  White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel sunk his fangs into this issue on ABC’s “This Week.”  
Emanuel told “This Week,” “that in case you forgot what Republican governance was like, Joe Barton reminded you.”

Additionally Emanuel said Barton’s comments are “dangerous for the American people” because if the GOP wins control of the House in November’s midterm elections, Barton would become chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Really Mr. Emanuel, “Dangerous for the American people?”  Well I can think of a few things this administration has done that have indeed been dangerous for the American people.  He further went on to say, “They think the government is the problem, and I think what Joe Barton did is remind the American people, in case they’ve forgotten, this is how the Republicans would govern.” The government is the problem you tone deaf fool!  Haven’t you been paying attention to the Tea Party movement?

Now I’m not going to defend Joe Barton’s comments, because to be quite honest they are indefensible.  A large amount of responsibility for this crisis falls squarely in the lap of BP and they should cover the cost of cleanup and loss of wages for those that have been directly impacted by the spill.  However I will defend his voting record on two key issues; cap and trade and Obamacare.  He voted “nay” to both.  You can see the rest of his and many other elected officials voting record here.   And if the Democrats are going to put all their eggs in one basket, hoping that this one slip up is going to convince voters that Republicans are all evil and they care nothing for the average American, I think they are going to be disappointed this November. 

You see I think that this is nothing more than a distraction to draw attention from an administration that is clearly failing on multiple levels.  They are failing with this oil crisis, the economy, and with foreign policy on a monumental scale.  I think that this is a distraction to draw attention away from the fact that everything the critics had said about Obamacare is coming true.  I think this is a distraction to keep the focus on one man’s poor choice of words and off an entire political party’s poor judgment in terms of out-of-control spending.  And lastly I think this is a distraction because with only 134 days and counting until Election Day, the Democrats know they are in real trouble and this is all they really have.

Rahm Emanuel wants to remind the voters of what life was like under the Republicans by distracting them with this kind of political garbage.  The truth is he wants the voters to forget about how the Democrats have run the nation off a cliff these last 18 months and Joe Barton happens to be the vehicle he has chosen to make his weak case. 

This is the act of a desperate political party grabbing at straws.  Don’t be fooled by the games they’re playing; be insulted.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Distraction, Gulf Oil Spill, Joe Barton, Rahm Emanuel

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  • Conservative Scalawag June 21, 2010 at 5:41 AM

    The local paper of order, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, is trying to do the same thing with Rep. Tom Price. Distract for our Deal Leaders SNAFU.

  • Trestin Meacham June 21, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Only a failure points fingers to justify there own inaction. I think it's safe to say that many of our leaders are failures.

  • John Carey June 21, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    It can be an effective tactic CS. This administration uses it all the time. Look over there…then they sneak a liberty stealing bill through congress.

  • John Carey June 21, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Or one who lacks any leadership traits or skills Trestin. And yes many of our leaders are not leaders at all…they're power hungry managers.

  • Matt June 21, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Well said John. The entire thing is a distraction. In the meantime, George Soros stands to make a freakton of cash off of our government. Well, how about that? There was something else going on!

  • John Carey June 21, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Thanks Matt! I agree this entire thing is a distraction. The POTUS is meeting with Senate leaders this Wednesday to discuss Cap and Trade. Everytime he has pulled these guys in the White House for some sort of talk, they have emerged confident they can work something out. This concerns me.