June 21st, 2010
04:05 PM ET
10 years ago

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. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Who cares what Pillboy has to say? Bashing his own party? Last time I checked he was not a person serving the people and only cares about stirring up controversy and agitation to get ratings for adversting $$$ revenues to feed his bad habits, overeating, taking pills and marrying someone young enough to be his daughter.

    June 21, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Notnek

    I wish Rush would slither away under a rock ad stay there. What a dirt ball. I remember when Clinton sent troops to deal with the Serb problem.. He said our troops did not have ammunition etc etc.. My son was there and what Rush was saying was a total lie. My God why do people listen to this jerk.

    June 21, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Robert Cloos

    The Viagra has obviously caused a lack of blood supply to his brain.

    June 21, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Coherent1

    Oh shiggity Limbaugh! Weren't you supposed to keep your pie hole shut? You weren't supposed to agree with the Dems on this! Now what lie are your followers going follow-up with? Didn't they just say the Dems were lying about the Repubs true intentions? What, are you not on the A-List anymore?

    June 21, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. harold

    I bet none of these comments about suppporting BP and corporate America are from folks who need money now because the oil spill won't allow them to work. Yea, just sue BP and have 1/4 of your recovery go to a lawyer whenever your case gets through the court system. If BP didn't owe they wouldn't pay. Nothing wrong with paying now and avoiding as many lawsuits as possible. Just good business sense, dummies. It is done all the time!

    June 21, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. g

    rush says 20 yrs is not a long time for the people of the gulf to get the money they deserve, but on the bright side and the way he looks rush will be long gone by then

    June 21, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. zago

    It moght be the first time that I agree with you Rush. The official name of the party is GRAND OIL PARTY. We cant let this go away. So we appologize

    June 21, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Jilli

    Yeah, take it from a drug addled blowhard folks.

    When will the "dittoheads" finally wake up and realize how their being manipulated by this clown. If you think Rush has the interests of the country and it's residents first and foremost, you're a moron. Rush is looking out for his big fat paycheck, and the key is to keep the lemmings frothing at the mouth. Anything for ratings and a buck – the interests of the country aren't his concern.

    June 21, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. A Not So Stupid American

    I simply can not let the idiots go unimpedded.

    1.) To Mattew from Detriot .... in 1979, in 200 ft of water a well spilled oil into the gulf of Mexico for over a year. Your attempte to connect deep well drilling as the cause of the spill is flawed. So too is your attempt to connect the Democrats to deep water drilling.

    If you want to connect a party to any drilling ... it is the Republicans.

    2.) To the person claiming that "due process" has been violated. Wrong. The sequence by which BP puts money aside and pays claims has ZERO to do with "due process".

    IF BP thinks it doesn't owe money or has paid a "fradulent claim" .... it is free to avail itself of "due process" to recover the money. The only thing the President has done is put the burden of time delays in the court and stalling on the broad shoulders of BP to which most knowledgible Americans say YES !!

    3.) BP will OWE Americans at least a $20B fine for EPA violations. You see, the Government gets to charge BP up to a $4,000 per barrel spilled penalty. Multiply 50,000 barrels per day X 100 days X $4,000 and you get $20B.

    You Republican shills need to drop the shovel .... you've dug a deep enough hole already.

    June 21, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.

    Doug...you're back....and off your meds AGAIN. Guess the methadone didn't work.

    June 21, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. jstsaying

    Too bad Bush didn't shake down the insurance companies after Katrina.

    June 21, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. The One Who Knows

    Whether we like or dislike what Barton said or what Rush said, the fact is, the President can't do what he did. And this is what is wrong with our country on so many levels. We (you and I) and our supposed representatives just sit idly by while our laws are mocked. Trust me, companies will think twice now about doing business in America. Pretty soon, as in the next 25 years, you and I will be eating more rice and depositing our government stipends at Hung Chow bank.

    June 21, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Marcus

    e.c.coleman – 'obama is the person who SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO CEO, HAYWARD. Thank You, RUSH!!!'

    That's more or less like making the person who was victim of a crime apologize for having bothered the criminal with his/her complains about the crime itself.
    Where does it happen in the world?
    Besides radical interpretations of the Islam led countries – in which a woman (even a victim of rape) may end up in jail, or worst, if she dares to accuse a man of having commited a crime against her, and has no male witnesses to back her up! – I can't think of other places...
    Do you want that America be turned into such a place?

    June 21, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Blink

    I am in Barton's district and he is safe. No way this will hurt him not when we have the Educator and Chief running the country. He sends all the intellectuals that know ditty about the oil business and look whats been accomplished – NOTHING. Obama got the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf – moronic move. The main source of revenure in that region: Tourism, Fishing and Oil and Gas. Oil and Gas workers make good money and this is going to crush La aftter fishing is toast.

    June 21, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Gil

    Rush should be renamed Limburger. He already smells and he isn't dead yet? rush, will you every get your head straight and out of the right wing nut case senarios that you can only spin? What a piece of ?

    June 21, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Kevin Collins

    Heh! For a guy who's ultra-wealthy, it's little surprise that he's defending Big Oil. Of course, if he had a business that was being affected by the oil spill he'd be giving Obama the biggest high-five you've ever seen. And if my memory serves, I don't think either Limbaugh or Palin have said one word about the 11 oil workers who died in the blast. I know, I know - it's all BIDNESS!

    June 21, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    PALIN, he just said most Republican Leadership agree with Mr. B!!!!! Is he a liar too? Palin always says what she thinks will get her brownie points with the public.

    June 21, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. True American

    Asked to respond to Palin, White House spokesman Bill Burton noted:

    “We’re satisfied that we’re doing everything we can to take care of the folks in the Gulf region,” Burton added, “and if she doesn’t want to own Congressman Barton’s comments, that doesn’t surprise me.”

    Bill, you’re as much of a spinmeister as Obe & Rahm. Must be the Kool-Aid you all drink. Nice deflection though from the real message that Sarah tweeted. Rahm – u lie. YPODS

    June 21, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. gt

    there is little or no difference in either party...both are sell outs...

    June 21, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Blink dear,
    All the people affected by the shutting down of oil rigs for 6 months are being compensated, the facts, learn the facts. They will receive $$$$$$$.

    June 21, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Jilli

    Tedberens June 21st, 2010 4:45 pm ET

    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


    Ah, the voice of compassionate conservatism. Watch your livelihood swirl down the toilet as a result of corporate greed and negligence, then wait 20 years for a paltry settlement, give 40% of it to your lawyer, and with any luck you'll have enough left over to buy a pair of shoes.

    June 21, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. D. Bunker

    Rush Dumbo never met a fact he didn't lie about.

    June 21, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Colorado Liberal and Proud of It

    Thank you, Republicans, for confirming again and again that many of you have few, if any, values. At least Rush and Joe Barton have some small honesty. In their differing and eminently strange ways, they affirm openly what is common knowledge among liberals: the Republican Party is "all about" corporations above people. The GOP is about profits over principle. For example? Just look at the Gulf of Mexico.

    "Shakedown" is the word of the day. If that's the word Rush wants, it's OK by me. Indeed we need a massive "shakedown" of Corporate America. Corporations as they exist today are fundamentally "unAmerican." Their unrestricted power is unAmerican; their lack of checks and balances is unAmerican; their incalculable and often deeply immoral influence on foreign policy is unAmerican.

    A concluding comment:

    Rush is very wealthy and very comfortable; the system has worked well for him (and his boys club) and he wants it to stay that way. The current system rewards corruption, incompetence, ignorance and Rush's wealth is the very credulity of the America people.

    But things are changing: the oil will soon run out, resources will become scarce, population will continue to skyrocket, and even some Republicans will change–once they find that their beloved party has been on the take all along. We need new ideas, new economic systems, and a new relationship to nature. Sorry Republican suits, that ain't sentimentalism; that's reality.

    June 21, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Terry

    The GOP better listen to Rush or he may join the Taliban. Oh wait, he already has!!

    June 21, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. lolo

    You people who are against Obama on everything that he tries to do for America are really out there. You know under Bush everyone is paying the price, but you just do not get it. The republicans with money are against everything and the poor republicans you are going along with their agenda and making them richer by the second. I am getting poorer from the last eight years, but not more stupid. Did you people not hear what Barton said or do you really not care and will go along with anything as long as you can get the black man out of the white house or tear him down any way that you can? The bottom line is that you are hiding your racism behind the politics.Rush and the rest of his crew, this includes Palin, Hannity, O'Reilly, McCain, Boehner, Bachman, etc. are laughing all the way to the bank. Come November all of these liars will be thrown out. The true Patriots and Americans are sick of the lies and whining that is going on and nothing is being contributed by the republican party to raise America up.

    June 21, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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