(CNN) – Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh is taking aim at Republican leaders for rushing to demand Texas Rep. Joe Barton retract his controversial apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward during last week's congressional hearing.
On his radio show Monday, Limbaugh suggested the GOP leadership likely agrees with Barton's sentiments, but are driven by recent national polls which suggest the majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's push for BP to set aside $20 billion for future liability claims.
"It was a shakedown pure and simple," said Limbaugh, echoing the words for which Barton later apologized. "And somebody had the audacity to call it what it was and now everybody's running for the hills."
"All you have to do is look at the polling," Limbaugh continued. "We're talking about Republicans inside the beltway. All you have to do is look at the polling data and media coverage and find out what they are going to do."
Barton, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, quickly faced fire from both the right and the left after apologizing to Hayward during the BP chairman's appearance before his committee Thursday. Hours later – amid threats he would lose his leadership post – Barton retracted the comments.
"Let's just slither away under the rock here," Limbaugh said, mocking the Republicans' approach to Barton. "We'll let Joe Barton get eaten by the Democrat lizards on this to protect ourselves. This is politics and this is the reason why true believers have such a problem with politics. It's just that simple and no more complicated than that."
– CNN's Natalie Novak contributed this report
Did Limbaugh just call Palin a liar?
Rush, let's just let them do it. Let them destroy Corporate America and then let's watch them grovel when they realize that, once they've exhausted the only creators of value, there isn't anyone left to loot.
Once again Limbaugh is right.
You can take the Liberal out of Chicago, but not the Chicago out of the Liberal.
The sad thing is that the young children immitate the Democrats in the streets in Chicago, go to youtube and see the poor honor student being beat to death by a mob of kids with sticks.
Hello!!!!! Bush was absent for 8 years. As far as I can tell, President Obama is busting his ass to make things right in this country and at least he has the balls to do it!
I'm surprised Limbaugh pried his lips off BP's butt long enough to do his show today. It must be difficult to defend a foreign company who has destroyed much of the American coastline, but Limbaugh is well paid to do so.
I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that Rush Limpbald owns a lot of BP stock.
The mouthpiece of the GOP, and not Republican Michael Steele – who seems to say something foolish each time he opens his mouth, Rush Bobble-Head Limbaugh has peeled back a bit of the magic curtain.
Barton was correct, he says, and the Republican Party shouldn't be ashamed of saying it. Wow! Let's curry favor with big business, the oil business in particular.
What did Rush call it when the Republican Congress under Bush GAVE 20 billion to the oil industry to drill in the gulf?
When Congressman Wilson called President Obama a liar, the Republican leadership made him take it back, but the Republican cheerleaders supported Wilson anyway and made a hero of him. I've heard some say that this is what will happen with Barton. But there's a difference, and that is that the suspicion of a slight racial motivation in Wilson's remarks helped him. Republicans can get away with racism as long as they are not as overt as Trent Lott was. But they can't get away with backing BP. This is getting more and more fun to watch!
Limbaugh is a scumbag.
Plain and simple.
nuff said rush. continue serving your silent masters while everyone in the gulf suffers.
Let's see how quickly these GOBP'rs line up to kiss Rush's large hind end. They are stuck between a rock and a slitherly snake.
I am laughing all the way to the ballot box in Nov.
Barton said what all the GOP think. He just made the mistake of saying it out loud.
If Mr. Limbaugh is right that the Republicans all agree Mr. Barton, then that means Rahm Emanual is right when he says that this is the kind of policy the Republicans would pursue if they were in charge again. I think it is a stark choice: No government supervision of big companies versus some government supervision.
Don't worry, Rush, none of us with half a brain took that apology as sincere by any stretch of the imagination anyway! Now, go slither back under your rock so you can think up more of your crap. The GOP hasn't a chance; thank you for that.
Has any one considered Rush for view by the "Death Panels"/?
He obviously is suffering from end stage Alzheimer's.
Apparently Rush and Palin disagree on the matter.
I think it is a pretty "BIG" deal that President Obama was able to get a Giant oil company like BP to set aside $20 Billion for the gulf businesses effected by the oil disaster. Families are now able to survive! Normally, this would take years of litigation in the Courts! Kudos to President Obama! I'm surprised noone is talking about this huge victory for our small businesses in the Gulf!
The almighty Rush speaks. If Republican congressman were asked, off- the -record, how they really feel about this, I’d bet a about 75% or more of them would side with Barton. That’s because being pro-big business is one of their base principles. Batron’s comments serve to only further prove that the Republican party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street, Insurance co's, big oil and the big (little) 3. Their version of free market enterprise without any strong oversight and accountability is what lead to the failures in all four of these industries.
Repubs had 8 years to prevent the Wall Street melt down, housing crisis and the oil disaster, just to name a few. All we got was a war in Iraq that should have never happened. A budget surplus that was turned into a deficit. And let's not forget 9-11 which happened on Bush's watch.
As the story itself says, "the GOP leadership likely agrees with Barton's sentiments, but are driven by recent national polls which suggest the majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's push for BP to set aside $20 billion for future liability claims."
And the GOP is being criticized for acting on what "the majority of Americans" feel? Who's electing who? Shouldn't the political parties do what the people want, or are the people supposed to do what the few in power of the political parites want? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that why we fought for independance from Great Britain to begin with?
Keep it up Rush and maybe you can take the pole position for most hated in America! Actually you would probably like that as your rating could improve.
So, King Rush and Queen Sara and their Pawn Barton from Texas tell the people of the USA that corporate profits are more important than the people or the environment, and he sheeple still want to elect republicans?
"Let's just slither away under the rock here," Limbaugh said, mocking the Republicans' approach to Barton.
What can I say, Rush. Wherever you go, they go. Far as I'm concerned, under a rock is just about right.
Rush is simply saying what the Republicans feel in their harts and minds-they are too afraid to let their true feelings known so they hold false rage toward Rep. Joe Barton. They have always supported Big Oil in whatever they wanted. Including short safety oversight on Big Oil for the last 9 years. Before this, the Regan/Bush Administrations let the Oil Companies run wild, Safety–Prices ect–ect–ect–NO Regulation
I don't agree with the big windbags stance on a lot of issues...His opinion of the RNC in this matter is spot on, though. What is fascinating is that they had this posted for days on a Repub website, but they do not have the cojones to come out and say it
And there you have it. The defacto leader of the Repugnant Party, Rush Limbaugh, believes that holding a corporation responsible for immense damages resulting from negligence and incompetence is a "shakedown". Limbaugh and the other true believer Repugs can't envision any case in which a corporation should be held to account for its misdeeds.
Folks, that's what a plutocracy is: Rule by the rich, no matter what the consequences to the population. Not holding BP fully responsible for the horrendous damage they've done is in effect a bailout of BP. Just as Bush/Cheney bailed out the banks, the Repugs want to bail out BP by not making them pay for the damages they are causing. The by-product is the destruction of the American middle class.
Didn't Limpballs say that he was leaving the country, in fact moving to Costa Rica (where they actually DO have socialized health care) if HCR got passed??????? YO . . . .LIMPBALLS . . . . why are you still here bothering us????????