barton-dirty-energy_0 Today, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations (whew!) is holding hearings with the world’s most hated oil CEO, Tony Hayward, and after only a few minutes into the proceedings, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said some shit that not even the most red-necked Americans were prepared to accept: an apology to poor BP.

He actually said:

I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown — in this case a $20 billion shakedown — with the attorney general of the United States, who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the American people, participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that’s unprecedented in our nation’s history, which has no legal standing, which I think sets a terrible precedent for our nation’s future.

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