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Gulf oil spill: Problem solved!

Rep. Barton offers solution to Deepwater Horizon spill

Representative Joe L. Barton knows on which side his toast is buttered. Except that his toast isn't buttered, it's oiled.

That giant sucking sound emanating from Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday was Barton, a Republican from Texas, apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the political "shakedown" he and his company are enduring at the hands of the Obama administration.

Even the tone-deaf Republican party leadership realized Barton had overstepped, and four hours later Barton was forced to apologize for his apology.

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reports, perhaps unsurprisingly, that individuals and political action committees associated with the oil and gas industries have been Barton's biggest source of campaign money, to the tune of $1.4 million since the 1990 election cycle.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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Jun 21, 2010, 5:27 pm
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What ever happened to cars running on water. Maybe this patent deal is not working out like it was meant to.

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“Who would the G.O.P. put in charge of overseeing the energy industry & Big Oil if they won control of Congress? Yup, u guessed it — JOE BARTON.”

— White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, via Twitter