Barton fink

I still say that Joe Barton’s strange, weasely apology to BP was only the second most ridiculous political apology of this era:

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    mcd410x says:

    No, O.J.’s “suicide” letter was the most.

    I feel I’ve done most of the right things so why do I wind up like this. I can’t go on. No matter what the outcome, people will look and point. I can’t take that. I can’t subject my children to that. This way they can move on and go on with their lives. … Don’t feel sorry for me. I’ve had a great life. Please think of the real O.J. and not this lost person. Thanks for making my life special.

    White Bronco Day is almost over!

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    Uloborus says:

    That truly was bizarre, wasn’t it?

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    I actually think Barton’s is more ridiculous than the one from the guy Cheney shot in the face. Obviously, people are terrified of Cheney and do not want to have him shooting them again on purpose, but Barton? Taking the side of the oil company who caused the biggest environmental disaster in our modern era? Stupefying.

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    PeakVT says:

    OTOH, Whittington’s apology seemed a lot more sincere.

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    jl says:

    According to Open Secrets, oil and gas is second largest contributor to Barton, as would be expected for a ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Three quarters of that is from oil and gas PACs.

    Shows how irrationally scared politicians get if they are afraid of getting grabbed down in their money parts.

    So, yeah, I would say that ‘shooting victim apologizes to vice president’ is more bizarre, at least outside of a place like North Korea. And I can think of no places like North Korea other than North Korea.

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    Brian J says:

    Why is this being made public?

    I can understand that what happened was an accident. I think very littl of Cheney, but I don’t think he’d shoot a guy intentionally. If this guy is close enough to Cheney to spend some time in private with him, and apparently feels that what happened put the Cheney family through undue stress, why can’t he simply pick up the phone and tell him this? I just don’t see the reason to bring this back into the news cycle.

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    kdaug says:

    I think there’s a difference between

    1.) Saying what you really think, and then having superiors saying “Jesus Christ, man, shut the fuck up – you can’t say that shit on national TV! Get your ass out there and retract it or we’ll strip you of every senior position that you’ve even glanced at!”, and

    2.) Being shot in the face by a man who, should you implicate him in the least, will have you, your children, and your grandchildren renditioned to Kazakhstan to be boiled alive.

    A difference of degrees, to be sure – but the sentiment is the same.

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    Mr Furious says:

    I’d like to think even the people in Texas are thinking, “He fucking did WHAT?”

    Seriously. Say you’re Joe Barton, a wholly-owned petro-subsidiary, don’t you believe you and your benefactors are better served by laying low on this?

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    TuiMel says:

    I agree. At the end of the day, I think many people felt some compassion for Cheney’s victim. Barton earns only contempt. Even the real “GOS,” John Boehner, turned on him.

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    MTmofo says:

    I vote, AYE. But Gov. Appalachian Trail is still in the hunt for the title.

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    kdaug says:

    @Brian J: Er, what? This thread is now part of the “news cycle”?


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    Martin says:

    @Brian J: Wait, you think the stress to the Cheney family from accidentally shooting someone is worse than the stress of being shot in the face?

    Yes, I suppose BP should be apologized to for the stress their CEO must now be going through.

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    fucen tarmal says:

    barton’s apology was a standard play. you have the watercarriers on the talky no picture box talk about slush funds and so on, blaming obama for exploiting a crisis because that is what they did/would do…appealing to the drill baby! part of the base who loves big awl. they usually have one elected stooge say what the media echochamber will be saying, to give it creedence in the non-talky no picture box world….s.o.p.

    of course the other explanation is that burton simply hates himself as a wholly owned stooge, and the only satisfaction to be derived, is by cling to those who have made him a fool already, and feeling the masochistic pleasure of being hated for his loyalty.

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    Mike Kay says:

    Don’t forget, not only did Harry Whittington get shot in the face, some of the pellets lodged in his chest, which triggered a heart attack while he was recovering in the hospital.

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    fucen tarmal says:

    @Brian J:

    because guns are involved, and even though its apparent cheney hunts like a wuss

    it had to be clear that cheney isn’t so stupid as to mishandle a fire arm while hunting birds with wings clipped so they can barely fly, who were released at close range, after cheney drove up to sit in the blind and wait for their prey to be properly prepared and released.

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    kdaug says:

    @Mr Furious: Hola from Tejas, amigo.

    This is exactly the way it works out down here, every time. The R’s invariably overreach in their overzealous orthodoxy, cross the line, and get slapped back into oblivion for 8-12 years.

    Lemme tell you a story: there was a jackass down here named Clayton Williams (R). Ran against Ann Richards for her second term as gov. During the campaign, he told a joke to bunch of reporters around a campfire that was, shall we say, a bit off-color (something about how “weather’s like rape – if it’s inevitable you might as well lie back and enjoy it”). Got a lot of cluck-clucking in the press but really didn’t do much to his standing in the polls.

    HOWEVER, at their first debate, Ann reached out to shake his hand, and he literally turned away and said “I ain’t shakin’ your hand”. That was it – Ann won handily.

    (Of course, next cycle some jackass named Karl Rove is representing the silver-spooned son of a former Vice President and starts a whisper campaign that Grandma Richards is a secret lesbian – and here we are).

    But to be honest, if the gulf stream doesn’t wash the oil up on Houston or Corpus, he can probably get away with it down here.

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    bago says:

    So the CEO of halliburton gets apologized to, The CEO of BP gets apologized to…

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    mai naem says:

    Harry Shearer has a segment on apologies on his show. I have to believe he’s going to have a ball with this one. Also too, if this crap is ever turned into a movie, Colin Firth is a ringer for Tony Hayward. I am sure Colin Firth is disappointed by this.

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    Mike Kay says:

    Too funny.

    Sally Quinn calls on Biden to resign.

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    PeakVT says:

    @Mike Kay: The stupid, it burns us, it does…

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    jwb says:

    @Brian J: It was because the media was having a big spaz at the time over how Cheney shot some dude and so basically the dude came out to apologize to get the media off Cheney’s back. Seems to me the media never was the same after that.

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    jwb says:

    @PeakVT: Loved the close: “Take it seriously.” Yeah, Sally, whatever. /eyeroll.

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    kdaug says:

    Oh, BTW, W. shook Ann’s hand at the debates.

    There’s a line, but it’s not always clear where it is.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Mike Kay: Not actually resign, but swap jobs with Hillary. Which is dumber.

    She says Hillary has done a great job at State. And she has. So she should be put in a do nothing job where we’ll only hear from her if she has to go to a funeral? And we should replace her as the head of the US diplomatic effort with “big fucking deal” Biden?

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    jwb says:

    @MikeJ: That’s one of those columns where the stupid is so strong that you come out stupider having read it and tried to make sense of it.

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    hamletta says:

    @jwb: Exactly. I realize she’s fucking the boss emeritus, but really. Does the WaPo really want the Superannuated Party Girl making suggestions as to the governance of this country?

    Katharine Graham had more gravitas in her pinky than that horrible woman could ever possess, or even aspire to. And she would never be so arrogant as to suggest such a thing, even in private.

    Gawd, that woman is an embarrassment. To women, to the people of the District of Columbia, to the nation.

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    Mike Kay says:

    Sally got her “job” at the washington post even though she had no “experience”.

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    Calouste says:

    @Mike Kay:

    Sally got her “job” at the washington post even though because she had no “experience”.


    Can’t have people doing journamalism and research and stuff.

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    Graphictruth says:

    I do think that being forced to apologize for the apology brings us to an whole new level of pro-forma insincerity.

    Jon Stewart had some gleeful fun at his expense…

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    Paul says:

    A friend of mine pointed out that the Cheney incident apology wasn’t quite as crazy as one might think, given the dynamics of hunting, especially in groups.

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    RR Mikey says:

    @Brian J: Maybe if Cheney and the beast (his daughter) stayed out of the news cycle, the shooting incident would as well. It’s way too difficult to feel sorry for him (or her). Monsters both…..

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    AxelFoley says:

    @Mike Kay:

    Too funny.
    Sally Quinn calls on Biden to resign.…..03463.html

    Wow, the stupidity never ends.

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    Emma says:

    Mike Kay: The comments are even worse. Especially the one who swears Obama is selecting his successor from a list of colored governors… swelp me God, that’s what it said.

    It’s impossible to read most comment threads in major newspapers anymore. I don’t have wading boots that reach my neck.

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    CalD says:

    OK, fair enough.

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