Ummm...BP pollutes thousands of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico and devastates the economies of states from Texas to Florida, and Republican Congressman Joe Barton, of *TEXAS*, apologizes to BP?
Why would he do something that jaw-droppingly dumb?
Best guess: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
BTW - Barton has received over $16K in direct contributions from BP's PAC since 1997, and that number doesn't include money
laundered donated to various GOP campaign committees (RNCC, RNC, etc.)
Barton's very public genuflection to the paymasters at BP should be worth a hefty
payoff contribution this cycle.