Eugene Robinson’s column (TNT, 6-22) is very much taking the news and twisting it to put conservatives on the defense. From all the reports I have heard and read about, BP was ready to put the $20 billion to compensate the victims of the Deepwater Horizon spill long before the president suggested it, and then took credit for getting it.
What most Republicans are saying is let’s not bankrupt BP in the process of investigating and prosecuting them. Robinson is so concerned about the thousands of fishermen, shrimpers, oil-rig workers, restaurant owners along the gulf coast. His question should be what took Obama so long to come to the realization that this spill is a huge and serious disaster.
President Obama has been golfing and having weekly parties at the White House. He has made a few trips to the Gulf Coast, which turned out to be photo ops for the most part. Obama had turned down offers from other countries a few days after the oil spill started. Why ? He had a chance to help all the fishermen, shrimpers, etc., but continued to refuse help from many sources. Now, over 50 days into the spill, he seems more willing to at least listen to the folks with ideas on how to clean the spill.
What this is all about is liberals like Eugene see a severe blowout coming in the November elections against the Democrats. They are doing all they can to help the Democrats hold on to their majority.