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    Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    From The Hill.

    Democrats sought to bunch together House Republican members of a committee critical of a $20 billion oil spill relief account funded by BP, labeling them "The BP 114."

    Democrats are trying to explicitly tie the 114-member Republican Study Committee (RSC) to a top Republican's apology to BP this week for the government's actions to compel BP to create the $20 billion fund to pay out claims to victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) took steps this weekend to cast RSC members as in agreement with Rep. Joe Barton's (R-Texas) apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward during a hearing this past week through its extensive email list and an online ad buy.

    At issue are remarks similar in tone by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the group of House conservatives, along some other members of the group, that were critical of the fund. Price said the creation of the fund was a result of "Chicago-style shakedown politics" by President Barack Obama and his administration, which pressured BP into creating the relief fund.

    (Barton called the account a "slush fund," and echoed the "shakedown" claim.)

    Many RSC members have been sharply critical of Barton's apologetic remarks to Hayward on Thursday. Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Joe Bonner (R-Ala.) have demanded Barton's resignation as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Two other members of the study committee who also serve as members of leadership, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), have also called Barton's remarks "wrong."

    Still, Democrats have gone to great lengths to portray RSC members' views as in lockstep with Barton's sentiments.

    "While a Republicans criticized Barton once he became a PR problem, not a single member disagreed with the RSC attack on the accountability fund which happened the day before Barton's comments," noted DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan.

    To that end, the DNC sent out emails to the districts of the 114 members of the committee, which included tools allowing recipients to easily call local radio stations and express opinions on the members. The DNC also started running Google ads redirecting users who search for members of the committee to a Democratic-hosted page criticizing RSC members for their views on the oil spill.



    "Rep. Price stated from the very beginning that BP should be held fully responsible for this tragedy. Rather than focus on responding competently to this crisis, Democrats are focused entirely on playing politics to cover up their lack of leadership," said Price spokesman Ryan Murphy. "The American people are looking for solutions not the same, tired political games. Republicans have solutions and that is why the Democrats are now grasping at political straws."

    The "BP 114" effort is part of a broader political push by Democrats in Congress and the White House to capitalize on Barton's remarks, which the DNC claimed was a "pivot point" in the debate over the oil spill. President Barack Obama had been suffering from flagging approval ratings over his handling of the ecological crisis, but Democrats seized on Barton's controversial statement in an effort to get traction on the spill as an issue.
    So the Democrats have finally decided to leave their bi-partisan fantasy world, maybe Obama finally realized that the Republicans will oppose anything and everything he does? Now, if they also choose to highlight some crazy tea-party rhetoric, we're in for some real fireworks in November.

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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    Quote Originally Posted by somepeoplesay View Post
    So the Democrats have finally decided to leave their bi-partisan fantasy world
    And thank God for that, now maybe they can actually get something accomplished. As for the BP 114-- I love that title, by the way-- I suspect we'll be seeing it reduced to the BP 100 or so after November.

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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    Wait, the past 18 months was them trying to be bipartisan?

    ...jesus christ...

    If that was bipartisan god help us once they try to focus singularly on their partisanship.

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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Wait, the past 18 months was them trying to be bipartisan?

    ...jesus christ...

    If that was bipartisan god help us once they try to focus singularly on their partisanship.
    I think that they were attempting to be bi-partisan. At least the president was. However, I believe that the gulf between dems and reps is bigger than most people give credence to.

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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    The Presidents presentation of "bipartisanship" thus far has essentially been "We won, deal with it, either get on board with what we want and we'll call it bipartisan or don't and we're going to call you obstructionists".

    The only thing thus far that he's compromised on was the Health Care plan, and that was to get his own party on board with it.

    From the moment he's taken office he's taken shots at Republicans and the former Republican President at every chance possible while talking out the other side of his mouth about "a post partisan era". He's narry a word for the media when they are completely off balance, fawning over him, showing none of the "intellectual honesty" that was used to explain their constant questioning and triple checking of Bush throughout his entire Presidency and yet has routinely over 18 months attacked Fox News and personally either through his words or individuals from his administration gone after commentators. Each and every time that Republicans don't go along with something that is solidly liberal in ideology they're talked about as obstructionists and playing partisan politics, while never once possibly acknowleding that the exact same can be said for himself and his side.

    I'm sorry, don't piss on my leg and tell me its raining. This has been no change from politics as usual, no post partisan era, this has not been a deep attempt at bipartisanship, this has been pure stereotypical politics and nothing but. The only times any remote effort at bipartisanship has been made is when its simply keeping to a campaign promise (such as some of the tax things) that he had made to get the populist vote, to woo his own party over, or done alongside broadscale insults and innuendo designed to make the republicans look bad and take a hit regardless of whether they go along with the "bipartisan" deal or not.

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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Wait, the past 18 months was them trying to be bipartisan?

    ...jesus christ...

    If that was bipartisan god help us once they try to focus singularly on their partisanship.
    I agree I think at time the President was attempting to be bi-partisan (not that many mind you), but the fools in Congress weren't willing to be at all.

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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I think that they were attempting to be bi-partisan. At least the president was. However, I believe that the gulf between dems and reps is bigger than most people give credence to.
    No Democrats nor Obama were attempting to be bi-partisan. They just play that on television.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    No Democrats nor Obama were attempting to be bi-partisan. They just play that on television.
    But neither were Republicans...

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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    But neither were Republicans...
    Only the majority needs bi-partisanship for political cover. You know... in case things backfire they have denyability by pointing fingers at the other side and wailing "But they voted for it tooo... waaaaaa!" That's about all bi-partisanship is needed in Washington. God forbid if these politicians actually had the people they represent in mind.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Dems mount effort to label house GOP as 'The BP 114'

    The Democrat party has reduced itself to such childishness. When you have no ideas, you invent crap like this.

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