Democrats Feature Joe Barton, Michelle Bachmann In Ads Tying GOP To Defense Of BP

Congressman Joe Barton’s clumsy, unnecessary, and politically stupid comments at Thursday’s House Committee hearing have already been turned into a television ad:

Along the same lines, the Democrat faced with the unenviable task of running against Michelle Bachmann has come out with an ad featuring some of her comments:

It’s not clear if this meme will go anywhere, but this is what happens when you give your opponents ammunition.

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  1. grampagravy says:

    This is what happens when you think corporate money and teabag nutcases are enough to keep you in office no matter how much damage your pals are willing to do to the environment and the “little people.”

  2. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    It is not just one thing which will bring about the demise of the Democratic control of congress. A litany of missteps not limited to but including causing drilling to be done in deep water when it is not necessary to do so, will be formost is voters minds come November. After all, Bachmann is not in charge, Obama is.

  3. grampagravy says:

    The Ixtoc blowout was in only 200 feet of water. It took 9 months to stop that one with a relief well. In those days (1979) the technology used was the same they have today for dealing with this disaster, except then they called the TopHat the Sombrero. The only technological advancements since even before 1979 have been in the ability to drill deeper-not safer-not more competence in clean up. It requires willful ignorance or denial of history to promote the myth that drilling closer to shore in shallower water makes these operations safer.