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Old 06-18-2010, 11:11 PM
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House Minority Leader John Boehner was on the air with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer when Joe Barton dropped his BP-apology bomb. Eric Cantor was in a whip meeting. Alabama Rep. Jo Bonner was heading into a meeting with Admiral Thad Allen.

All three instantly knew something had to be done to cap the gusher the Texas Republican, the top GOP man on the Energy and Commerce Committee, had just unleashed on the Republican Party – and on the already devastated residents of the Gulf Coast.

Bonner headed to the House floor and quickly intercepted Boehner.

“I said ‘This is unconscionable,’ and I said it with some emotion. I didn’t use any profanity,” Bonner told POLITICO. A Republican leadership aide described the mild-mannered Bonner as furious – and out for Barton’s scalp.

The rapid reaction of the top House Republicans to denounce – and then undermine – one of their own shows just how serious a political setback that GOP leaders feel like they’re facing with Barton’s gaffe. Republicans had even warned their colleagues in advance of the BP hearings not to give Democrats a YouTube moment that would make them appear too sympathetic to the industry.

Barton didn’t follow the advice.

The back story of how Boehner and his top lieutenants moved against Barton shows a party in serious damage control – and brought to the surface some long-time tensions between Barton and other Republicans.

Democrats already have turned it into talking point No. 1, an opportunity to distract attention from the government’s inability to cap, control or clean up the spill and to hammer Republican candidates as supporters of Barton’s philosophy – whether they are or not.

On the House floor, just before midday Thursday, Bonner, Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, North Carolina’s Sue Myrick, Louisiana’s Steve Scalise and other lawmakers buzzed about Barton’s twice-offered apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward for what he termed a “shakedown” effort by the White House to get BP to set up a $20 billion escrow account to pay damages to Gulf Coast.

The Barton comments quickly dominated cable chatter and news sites – and the calls for Barton’s ouster as ranking Republican came fast.

Republican leaders left the floor vote and huddled in Boehner’s second-floor Capitol suite. Boehner, Cantor and leadership aides discussed calling a meeting of the Republican Steering Committee to recommend Barton be summarily removed from his job.

They were “a hair away” from booting Barton outright, according to a Republican aide.

The private maneuverings by his colleagues to get rid of him were “news to me” Barton told POLITICO as he walked into the ambush. He said he planned to keep his job: “Damn straight,” he said.

The Texas machismo – or perhaps a basic ignorance of the peril at hand – was evident in the meeting, according to Republican sources. Barton didn’t get it.

He was offered an out: Apologize for the apology or lose his job.

He picked the former.

Read more: Joe Barton a 'hair away' from ouster over apology to BP - Jonathan Allen and Jake Sherman - POLITICO.com
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From what I hear, he is a respected man. I heard this from members of both parties yesterday. Clearly, he shoots from the hip and said what he meant to say when he apologized to BP.

I don't think he should lose his job as ranking member of the Energy Committee because he said what other repubs were wanting to say.

The man has apologized for apologizing...now leave him alone.
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From what I hear, he is a respected man. I heard this from members of both parties yesterday. Clearly, he shoots from the hip and said what he meant to say when he apologized to BP.

I don't think he should lose his job as ranking member of the Energy Committee because he said what other repubs were wanting to say.

The man has apologized for apologizing...now leave him alone.
Believe me..they won't "leave" him alone. He may not lose his job over this but he's damaged goods. The GOP doesn't want to be perceived as BP apologists.
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Believe me..they won't "leave" him alone. He may not lose his job over this but he's damaged goods. The GOP doesn't want to be perceived as BP apologists.
Too late!!
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The word "Hypocrite" comes to mind.
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The word "Hypocrite" comes to mind.
yep salty, it is a good word, and it always comes to mind when I'm thinking of democrats!
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Setting the politics aside, lets look at what Barton said. Did BP get the shakedown? I would say yes.

BP was in fact in the process of paying claims and had agreed to a large fund for future payouts. So was the Congressman accurate in his description of a shake down? I would say yes.

The community organizer in chief is good at "acquiring" corporate participation of his programs, goes all the way back to his ACORN days.
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