1st UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. EDT: Coming rapidly to his senses (or perhaps he was kicking his a** kicked by members of his party?), Rep. Barton has apologized for his "shakedown" comments.
ORIGINAL POST: A Texas Republican has apologized to BP executives for the White House's "shakedown" of the oil giant following the Gulf oil spill.
Rep. Joe Barton is of course entitled to hold whatever opinions he wants, but perhaps he should have considered how what is happening in the Gulf has shaken the lives of so many people.
Moreover, he might be wise to remember that BP's chief executive Tony Hayward has apologized for what has happened.
And by the way, one report already has noted that a subsidiary of BP just happens to be one of Rep. Barton's largest corporate donor. Is it fair to draw an inference? Chances are that depends upon where you fall on the political spectrum.