Last Thursday Smokey Joe Barton cemented what many Americans already knew—that the modern Republican Party is too cozy with the oil industry and will continue and defend big business' interests over the American people's interests any day.
Since that time we saw a lot of huff and puff from the Republican Leadership in Washington but Joe Barton's house was not blown down. Barton retains his leadership position on the Energy and Commerce Committee despite a veiled threat of losing it. Keeping that role places Barton in a position to Chair the committee once again should Republicans take back the House in November. After apologizing to BP CEO Hayward it took two separate apologies on the part of Smokey Joe to attempt and clean up his political mess; however, the fact still remains today that big oil, big energy, and big business control the interests of the Grand Oil Party.
Over the past week several ads have emerged that continue and reinforce what Rahm Emanuel articulated best over the weekend. Barton simply aired an ideology and Party philosophy that the Palin/Limbaugh/Beck wing in today's Republican Party is just too cozy with big oil, big insurers, big banks and big business. Which means those entities interests will consistently take precedent over any interests of the American people should the GOP take charge in November.
Wonder how the Palin/Limbaugh/Beck Grand Oil Party will govern? Check it out:
And if you're really curious in how Smokey Joe Barton and DC Republicans will handle energy policy just take a look and see for yourself:
A culture of currying to corporate interests can no longer continue and take precedent in Washington DC. The ideology and overall philosophies of the modern Republican Party, led by the Palin/Limbaugh/Beck wing, is too extreme politically and too cozy to big business interests overall. Those are philosophies and policies that the United States can no longer afford.