BP is the most hated oil company in America right now, and yet Cons can't help but defend them. Here's Rep. Trent Franks, one of Arizona's many shames, whining about how mean Obama's being to poor, abused BP:
Because gods forbid anybody be arrogant with the company that's destroyed the Gulf Coast for generations to come.Ever since Rep. Joe Barton's (R-Texas) public apology to BP, Democrats have been desperate to characterize the Republican Party as siding with the foreign oil giant over U.S. interests. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but it amazes me to see so many Republicans help Democrats in this endeavor.
In some instances, this has meant a direct endorsement of Barton's sentiments, as well as the argument from the 114-member Republican Study Committee. In other instances, we see Republicans pushing the line that President Obama shouldn't have been aggressive in urging BP to set aside money to help victims of the spill."It's my opinion that Mr. Barton and Mr. Price's comments were more of a reaction to the arrogance in President Obama's speech, where he said he was going to 'inform' BP that they would set aside this separate compensation fund to be controlled by a third party," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). "Under our laws and Constitution, the president does not possess the power or authority to make such an arrogant command to a private company."Well, at least Franks resisted the urge to say "uppity."
Comb though that rhetoric, and you're left with a bizarre conclusion: Obama took a firm stand in the hopes of securing funds for devastated families and small businesses, and succeeded. Republicans don't like it, Trent Franks said, because the president was "arrogant" about it.
Meanwhile, as Steve Benen pointed out, Sen. Tom Coburn whines that the White House isn't being fair to poor ol' BP. Seriously. He seems to be saying that since the White House isn't as hated and reviled as BP, White House officials have an unfair advantage. Now, most of us would look at the fact that the playing field isn't level between the two and say, "Good." The White House should have the distinct upper hand, and we don't expect them to tie it behind their backs in order to give BP a fighting chance to duck some or all of its responsibility. But not Tom Coburn. Oh, no.
And then we have Rep. Cliff Stearns, Fucktard-FL, whose actions speak far louder than words:
Most Republicans have been doing backflips to distance themselves from Joe Barton, who apologized to BP last week for the $20 billion escrow fund set up to make BP pay for Gulf Coast oil spill damages.
But Barton reportedly still has at least one friend left: Florida Republican Cliff Stearns is having a fundraiser next week, and according to the Miami Herald, Barton is his "special guest."
The Herald reports that Barton (R-TX) will appear at a fundraiser next Wednesday for Stearns, who represents Florida's 6th district.
Stearns has mouthed the proper they're-reckless-should-be-held-accountable words about BP, but here he is, having the man who fucking apologized to BP fundraise for him. Barton, indeed, is his "special guest." Oh, he's "special," all right, and so is Stearns.
One gets the impression these fucktards can't comprehend even things so basic as public polls. A recent one showed, in fact, that a huge majority of Americans think Obama's not being tough enough with BP, and this puts such Cons as Franks in a 3% minority who thinks Obama's been too big a meanie. That's pretty fucking pathetic. And if you look at Gallup's recent poll, it appears that dumbfuck Cons are playing to a grand total of 6% of their base, leaving a whopping 73% out in the oil-soaked cold.
Maybe they're lulled into a false sense of security, because it seems that only the 6% are voting in Con primaries - Mike "Keep the liability caps low and let the taxpayers pay for BP's mistakes!" Lee just won his Con primary in Utah. But when voters at large head for the polls - and after millions more gallons of oil have washed up on Gulf Coast shores - I have a feeling that line won't win over majorities.
You know, it's really too bad. Cons are such a non-credible threat to Dems right now that there's little hope of pushing Conservadems to the left this election season. How are we supposed to get Dems to sweat their electoral chances when the competition is this fucking stupid?