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Sunday, June 20, 2010

"It's Not Helping Us"

Republicans really do prefer protecting elite profits over everyday people and corporate rule over democratic government, and the fact that they are finding it enormously difficult not to say so in public places in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Although Joe Barton was forced to apologize for his fawning apology to BP for being held the least bit accountable for its crimes, the fact that Barton was echoing in his statement the exact wording of the Republican Study Group of which he is a member along with well over a hundred Congressional Republicans on this question suggests rich untapped opportunities for Republican exposure and humiliation on this key issue in the days and months to come before November.

Here is Republican intellectual eminence Bill Kristol decrying just this morning Obama's "bullying" of the poor corporations to whom we all owe so so so much:.

Here are those last words again, for those of you who missed them: "[I]t’s not healthy for the country, for the economy as a whole, for the President to bully different companies and different industries and I think it’s not helping us."

Keep it up Republicans, keep on showing your true colors, keep on weeping for the keen distress of your corporatist masters as they suffer the injustice of accountability in their yachts. The American people could not disagree more with Kristol's assessment of the role of holding corporate criminals responsible to the health of our country, nor could I be better pleased as a Democrat to note how these incessant apparently irrepressible Republican statements to the contrary are indeed helping us.


Martin said...

Rahm Emmanuel made the point this morning that Barton's comments were not a political gaffe, but a political ideology. He should have mentioned the Republican Study Group.

Dale Carrico said...

Yes, I saw that and thought his framing was very strong, especially: "in case you forgot what Republican governance was like, Joe Barton reminded you." Nice, principled, election-ready framing.