This has got to be one of the silliest pieces of politics around in a long time.
So, Rep. Joe Barton apologizes to BP for what he termed was the government's "shakedown." Then, his own Republicans hold a closed door prayer meeting with Barton, issue plenty of threats and Barton comes out with a retraction, which is essentially an apology of the apology.
Have we missed something here, folks? This is bordering on the farcical. We've got the biggest oil spill ever and our elected reps in D.C. are harping over a semantic misstep.
Something like this would happen in any year, but with this being an election year, it makes it that much more serious. Both parties have much to gain, and lose, as November draws closer. Any stupid error or misspoken word is enough to bring the wrath of party leaders down on the lessers.
But as the above-linked story states, what's also happening is that the attention is taken away from the issue at hand. Instead of focusing on the difficult details of how we're going to solve the oil spill problem, we can read a puff piece on apologizing for an apology.
It's gonna be a long time til November.