Fresh from telling 13-year-old parental rape victims to “make lemonade” out of life’s lemons, Sharron Angle is walking back her latest wacky comments, this time echoing Rand Paul, Joe Barton and Michelle Bachman on BP…
The truth of the matter is that the lady really can’t help herself. No matter how hard the GOP tries to spruce her up and make her appear to be a normal Republican, you can’t put crazy in a corner forever. Nobody puts crazy in a corner.
From the Huffpo:
WASHINGTON – Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle is calling BP’s $20 billion victims’ compensation program “a slush fund.”
Angle told a Las Vegas radio station on Wednesday that President Barack Obama strong-armed BP executives to set up the fund after the rig explosion in April that sent gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Angle also said Democrats were taking political advantage of the environmental disaster to raise taxes and fines.
The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent first reported Angle’s BP comments.
The Huffpo has the audio.
The DNC wasted no time pasting her over the comments, emailing out several media reactions, each of which has been unsurprisingly brutal:
It’s been said repeatedly that Harry Reid is one of the most vulnerable incumbents this cycle. But Democrats believe the Senate majority leader’s chances have improved because of his opponent’s controversial views.
Sharron Angle’s views were on display again, when in a radio interview — sent around by Democrats and written about on left-leaning writer Greg Sargent’s blog — Angle called the $20 billion BP escrow a “slush fund” — despite BP agreeing to set up the fund. Angle joins several right-wing candidates, elected members like Joe Barton, and talking heads like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who have also referred to account, which is being independently administered and to be distributed to those affected in the Gulf, that way.
She said the government is “overreacting,” the Environmental Protection Agency is “all about money,” and that “the petroleum industry shouldn’t be penalized for one bad person’s actions. It would be like throwing us all in prison because one person committed murder,” she said. She added that the government should avoid “overregulating” oil companies, because they risk having them leave the country. And that the government should instead make sure that oil companies are adhering to a “checklist.” (Though it was unclear how it would enforce that without fines and penalties, or what incentive oil companies would have to adherence without them.)
So now, of course, the walk-back …
Having had some time to think about it, the caller and I shouldn’t have used the term “slush fund”; that was incorrect.”
My position is that the creation of this fund to compensate victims was an important first step– BP caused this disaster and they should pay for it. But there are multiple parties at fault here and there should be a thorough investigation. We need to look into the actions, (or inactions) of the Administration and why the regulatory agency in charge of oversight was asleep at the wheel while BP was cutting corners. Every party involved should be held fully accountable.
In political-speak, “having time to think about it” means taking some serious, cuss-filled phone calls from party bigwigs demanding that you clean it the f– up, NOW.
After a fun day of mailing out links to articles clobbering Ms. Angle, the DNC now issues their official response:
“What Sharron Angle doesn’t understand is that guaranteeing BP set aside funds to help Gulf Coast families who were hurt by BP’s recklessness is not ‘extortion.’ It’s accountability. It’s not a ‘slush fund.’ It’s the right thing to do. And while it is easy to dismiss Sharron Angle as someone with wacky views, her comments aren’t those of an outlier of the Republican Party. They reflect the same apologetic attitude shown to big oil that we saw from the man Republicans put in charge of energy issues – Joe Barton. Sharron Angle isn’t a Republican outlier. She’s the Republican mainstream,” said DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.