Friday, June 18, 2010

Defining The Term

In his apology to BP for the White House getting the corporation to put $20 billion in escrow for the Gulf clean-up, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) called it a “shakedown.” The whole thing didn’t go over too well with the Republican leadership.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, delivered the pointed demand to Barton, a Texas congressman.

“He was told apologize immediately or you will lose your position immediately,” said a Republican leadership aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Now that’s a shakedown.