Well. Today, with BP head Tony Hayward appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee for his public shaming, Barton had a special message for the corporation currently (still!) spilling millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico:
Specifically, he wanted to "apologize" to the company, the day after the Obama administration not so gently suggested BP set aside a $20 fund to compensate those who've suffered from the spill (a "shakedown," Barton said, more or less echoing an establishment GOP position). Here is video, glorious video:
As Pareene points out, the oil industry has contributed $1.5 million to Barton over the course of his career.