ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Rep. Joe Barton today learned that he gets to keep his post as ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Then he promptly set a new, Twitter-aided record for apologetic contortions. After apologizing for his initial apology to BP last week, Barton today Tweeted a link to an American Spectator article from his verified Twitter account. Headline: “Joe Barton Was Right.” That story commended Barton for telling what the author saw as the truth – that BP was subjected to a White House “shakedown” in being pressed to establish a $20 billion compensation fund: “Rep. Joe Barton of Texas broke an iron law of Washington last week. He described the elephant in the room that no one was supposed to see,” Peter Hannaford writes. You might say – as Democrats immediately did — that Barton, R-Texas, unapologized for apologizing for his apology. And then … he removed the Tweet. It’s no longer in his public Twitter feed, but The Washington Post grabbed a screenshot. So, to recap: Barton has unapologized for unapologizing for apologizing for his apology.
Barton’s communications director, Sean Brown, e-mailed ABC News after this item posted to say that he posted the Tweet without Barton’s knowledge. “Without thinking about it much, I added a headline from one of the daily news clips to a website that is, in turn, linked to the congressman’s Twitter account. Mr. Barton was not aware of the Tweet,” Brown said.