Partisanship once again trumps statesmanship. (H/T Dambala @ AZ)
Joe Barton’s 6th Congressional District stretches across the central counties of east Texas, far inland from any threat of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. From that safe vantage point, the compensation fund established by BP at the insistence of President Barack Obama may appear to be a “$20 billion shakedown” that makes Barton, a Republican, “ashamed.”
But seen from the perspective of South Mississippians living near, and dependent upon the Gulf of Mexico, the fund is merely a down payment on BP’s liability.
According to the Associated Press, Barton “incited rare Republican-on-Republican rage” over his comments and he tried to back away from what he had said in order to save his standing in the GOP in Congress.
There have been far too many feet in far too many mouths in connection with the BP oil spill. But Barton’s observations were inexcusably partisan and unconscionably unsympathetic to the ecology and economy of the entire Gulf region, including Texas.