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Gulf oil spill: Problem solved!

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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 is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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