Good thing Barton apologized for his apology remarks
Otherwise the Dems might have been able to shape those remarks into a cudgel.
Here’s an idea, Team R: if you want to turn the 2010 election into “a referendum on President Obama, the Pelosi-led Congress and their culture of incompetence that has resulted in the mismanagement of the federal bureaucracy, the economy, and the ballooning deficit,” it helps if you don’t run away from statements by one of your own that highlight the lawlessness and hubris of the man in charge of steering the Democrat clown car.
Had the GOP stood by Barton and allowed him to clarify his remarks — which were truthful and pointed — we could today be having a useful discussion about how the President sees fit to shake down industry (even when the company in question was one of his biggest campaign supporters) while he simultaneously uses things like the Jones Act to protect his union buddies at the expense of environmental expedience. Such a discussion might even highlight important differences between a free market system and one being used to protect labor and hamstring growth and economic recovery.
Instead, the GOP has once again allowed the Democrats to frame the narrative — to tell us what Barton really truly meant. And his apology for his initial remarks — coerced by fellow Republicans under threat of losing his position — only serves to make Barton look guilty, and the GOP to look like it’s desperate to cover up the shame of what it is, according to the Dems, “some folks in the Republican Party truly believe.”
Well played, pragmatists! This care you are taking to constrain and unify the narrative and protect it from disingenuous attacks by those bent on spinning it to their advantage is, like, totally paying dividends!
And it sure beats telling the truth — which, let’s face it, the American people wouldn’t understand, anyway. The silly proles.