June 21st, 2010
04:05 PM ET
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Limbaugh bashes GOP for Barton response

Rush Limbaugh defended Rep. Joe Barton Monday.

Rush Limbaugh defended Rep. Joe Barton Monday.

(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

Filed under: BP • Energy • GOP • Joe Barton • Popular Posts • Rush Limbaugh
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  1. Bob Ramos

    "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."

    Limbaugh must be back on drugs. If Limbaugh sincerely believes what he is saying, he should go down to Venice, LA and broadcast from there. We will see how long before someone tars and feathers him.

    June 21, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Nick , California

    FU Rush!! Go pop some pills.. you are nothing but a leach on society.. you have no solutions but only to line your greedy pockets.. don't you know that you can't take all your crap with you when you die??!! All you have is a life filled with hate.You are like Elmer Gantry in the Sinclair Lewis book.. you are a fraud feeding on the insecurities and fear of the public only to fill you pockets with money.

    June 21, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Obama is totally in bed with the BP thing. He's trying to act tough (like we supposedly want), but in the end its in his own benefit. He will push his own cap and trade agenda (oil companies are for this by the way). Cap and trade will be the highest tax increase this country has ever seen. Anything anyone even tried to accuse Bush of as far as being in bed with the oil companies, this is 10 times WORSE! Why do you think BP gave that money to Obama to delegate as he wanted. It's a win-win for both of them. CNN doesn't have the guts to do real reporting on this. They will call it "an energy bill". "Obama just loves the environment". Puke. You're a bunch of lemmings.

    June 21, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Rickster

    I wonder if Rush ever gets tired of being correct because, once again, he is right on the money.

    June 21, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Dano

    Boss Limbaugh has spoken! We should all bow down and beg forgiveness from BP for daring to hold them accountable for THEIR oil spill, even if it is soiling our beaches, killing our wildlife, and destroying people's means of earning a living.

    June 21, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Securing the 20 Billion fund and the 100 Million unemployeed miner fund certainly WAS a BFD.

    Perhaps NOT the way Limbaugh intended, though, judging by his and many other GOPers reactions.

    I mean, wow, to call Palin a liar, Rush. Unheard off.

    June 21, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Tedberens

    Some people simply are not intelligent enough to grasp that BP is entitled to due process of law, which means that the president applying pressure on them to cough up money for a fund that will exist outside of the judicial system, overseen by a private arbitrator who answers presumably only to the president, is an encroachment on the rights of any private business or citizen and could set a terrible precedent of lawlessness. In other words, the following is a bad idea: "Let's pick a company the mob is against, and threaten criminal charges unless they cough up money for a fund."

    June 21, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. MatthewDetroit

    Limbaugh is Correct.

    The Dems are just painting BP as the devil.

    It is PURE politics.

    Lets blame the rules and what they are.
    If the idiots did not have to drill so far off shore the problem NEVER would have happened.

    Change the rules and let them drill 5 miles offshore. No More Big Spills. Period.

    June 21, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Marcus

    AR – '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.'
    'The only creators of value'?
    You mean, the American people? PEOPLE, not Corporate America, is what this country is based on, was founded on and will keep finding its strenght whenever that's needed.
    BP must be, and is being, held responsible for their blatant irresponsability. As well as the Federal authorities that did not did their job and prevented BP's irresponsability to result in what we see today in the coasts and sea.
    BP recognized it, a bit too relutanctly and they probably will eventually challenge it in the courts (or at least have those authorities held accountable as they are being), and besides...
    If that's not what you Gopers were expecting that the POTUS have done when you urged him to do something, then what exactly is what you want him to do regarding that matter?
    Let BP 'walks away' scott free?

    June 21, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let's just slither away under the rock here," Limbaugh said,

    Yes Limpbag, slither away BACK under your rock, and stay there never to see the light of day again. You have beeninstrumental in bringing about the massive bail-out, as in, let's get the hell out of here, of your Party. You have not promoted any type of cohesive, productive action on the part of the GOP. On the contrary, you thrive on creating controversy and animus because that is what keeps you going to the bank. Just like the rest of your brethren, if it puts money in your pocket who cares about God and country, NOT YOU!

    Barton spoke what you and many like you would like to have us think of this President. Feeding the fire of divisiveness and promoting a lack of respect towards the Presidency unlike any other time in our history. It does not matter to you and the Bartons of the world that our very existence depends on promoting just the opposite: cooperation across the aisles, respect towards each other even in our differences. You feed into and feed off of the bottom of the trough; the slimy mucous left behind.

    Intelligent dialogue is an impossibility with you and your ilk because there is no money in it for you. The guttural masses that tune into you would not know what to do with anything approaching rational, cohesive, FACTUAL discourse, and neither would you. You are a whore of sensationalism. May it bring you the notoriety you so desperately seek, BUT NOT IN THE FORM YOU HOPE.

    June 21, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Marcus

    Now we know that Mr. Limbaugh does not believe that when you do something wrong, or fail to do something as right as it should be to not endanger other people's lives and business/properties, you must pay for your error.
    Is that a surprise?

    June 21, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    So the 1% of fools on here that agree with Rush do so with gross exaggeration in the form of "destroying corporate america"

    I wish I had a buck for each of these fools that post that Obama is "destroying" something.

    I have yet to see anything destroyed....except the Gulf of Mexico.

    June 21, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Dan

    Rush, are you an idiot. The more the GOP talks about the issue, the longer it stays alive. The longer Barton's comments stay alive the more it hurts every GOP candidate in the fall.

    The GOP needs to strip Barton of his position. Otherwise, every American will be reminded of Barton's comments and they'll also be reminded that the Barton would be the head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee if the GOP takes back the house.

    Supporting Barton is the fastest way to lose 10 seats that should be won this fall.

    June 21, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. ART

    What do you call a fat bloated drug addicted buffoon... Rush Limbaugh

    June 21, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Shut up and go back to your home planet.... what an anti-American JERK.

    June 21, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Susie

    Sorry, Doug, but if young kids "immitate" anyone, I hope it is not the grammar challenged Palin and the spelling challenged doug. And what are you talking about? You're calling a gang of Chicago kids "democrats?" They are children...I doubt they have a political affiliation. And if they did, I'm sure it would be the Republican potectionist mantra...I keep mine and you grovel for yours. These kids need parents who can be home to guide them, money in their schools for after school programs to teach them, school lunch programs year round...all the things Republicans make impossible. It's too bad that you cannot see beyond Obama's Chicago home...he is not Al Capone.

    June 21, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. independent

    $32.9 billion in tax breaks, subsidies and
    other handouts the oil & gas industry will receive by 2013

    This is one description of the 2005 Energy Bill pushed through by Barton and signed by Bush.

    All the Republicans want to do is give their lobbiests taxpayer money and then not hold them accountable when they screw up. Rush, Barton, Bush, Cheney, Steele, they are all alike.

    June 21, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    It still cracks me up to see Obama having said he would have fired Tony Hayward if he was the guy making the call at BP. I guess he is saying that because this catastrophic event happened while Tony Hayward was in charge at BP, this guy should take the fall.

    Using that same logic, Obama should be gone too, right? The government shares a big chunk of the blame and looks awful bad in what we know about their oversight now too, don't they?

    I'm just saying, here is another elitist remark by Obama showing how far removed he is from both logic and reality.

    June 21, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Marcus

    MatthewDetroit – I missed your daily braindead comments... NOT.
    'No More Big Spills'?
    And how could we manage to get that?
    Oh, yes, by making the oil companies do exacrly what BP was allowed to do NOT which led to the current situation...

    June 21, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Don SC

    Doug....you don't make sense. Stick to Fox News or just keep listening to Rush the pig. You obviously don't think with your brain.

    June 21, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Jean

    Rush gets way too much attention and he loves it. I think he especially loves negative attention. Rush is an entertainer, and should not be taken seriously. Why does the Republican party go to bed with this bozo? It makes them look like the party of idiots.

    June 21, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Keith in Austin:
    where the acting President unconstitutionally shakes down private companies!


    Keith, ever hear the expression 'settling out of court', or how about 'mediation'? Of course you have. It is just more incendiary to ignore what little knowledge you may be in possession of, and trade it for lies, flash, and distortion.

    You think BP would buckle to a 'shakedown' with all those lawyers at their fingertips? I think they saw their situation crystal clearly, and judiciously took advantage of some serious damage control vis-a-vis PR and possible future business.

    I didn't see Hayward walk out with a cast on his arm.

    June 21, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Michael

    Rush doesn't care about anything but money which he generates from being controversial. He is a sad example of the problems that exist in this counrty...money first, those who are poor, last. He may as well make golden idols and worship them because he sure a sheck is not worshiping the Lord.

    June 21, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. e.c.coleman

    No question about the techniques used or that it was definitely a
    "Shakedown" pure and simple.
    Rep. Joe Barton spoke the Truth and the outrageous Sniverling Republican Leaders threatened him and demanded that he apologize. FOR WHAT?
    Because he spoke with Honesty and Hearfelt sadness that a CEO of a Major Corporation was treated like garbage and demeaned and ridiculed by obama and the United States????
    obama is the person who SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO CEO, HAYWARD.
    Thank You, RUSH!!!
    Name the weak Republican Leaders who did this.
    The so-called 'leaders of the GOP 'should be REPLACED by some REAL MEN, like Representative Joe Barton.
    The GOP doesn't need these misplaced jerks.
    Stand up and speak the TRUTH and BE HONEST.
    Representative Barton Set An Example for the Republican Party.
    Barton should be the Leader of the Republican Party, not the JERKS who call themselves the 'leaders.'
    How dare the 'leaders' bring shame to the GOP!!

    June 21, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. Jordan

    Senator-"Hey Rush I'm sorry that I missed your big Fat Racist Wedding but I'm sure all of your Frat brothers from the GOP, NRA, Tea Party experss and the KKK were in full gear: Guns Tea and Sheets, for a bunch of grunts!"

    Instead of throwing insults, take some time and educate yourself. Rush was married by a black preacher and the music was provided by Elton John. So much for Rush being a rasict, bigot, homophobe.

    June 21, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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