UPDATE: Barton is sorry for saying he’s sorry:
Under pressure from the leaders of his own party, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) late Thursday retracted his apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the way his company has been treated by the U.S. government. . .
According to a GOP leadership aide, Barton met with House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) Thursday afternoon, and was told, “Apologize, immediately. Or you will lose your [subcommittee] position, immediately. Now that he has apologized, we’ll see what happens going forward.”
Now, if they can just get Rush Limbaugh to apologize.
President Obama may be struggling with finding the right political message to communicate on the oil spill, but the Republican Party is finding it equally difficult to come up with the right message. The party of very limited government has found itself calling for a big government response to the oil spill. Worse yet, the party of Big Business has found some of its