Joe Barton: ‘I want to be George Patton’ in battle against White House
BP’s favorite apologist, Joe Barton, has decided that he wants to be George Patton (or, more accurately, the right-wing fantasy of who Patton was) in the epic battle against the White House for…something. Maybe. I still can’t figure it out.
Oh, and memo to MSNBC— Barton’s from Texas, not California. A bit of proofreading would be nice:
When Rep. Joe Barton, R-Calif., speaks before the GOP Steering Committee later this week to make his case for leading the House Energy and Commerce panel, he will present himself as the General Patton to Presumptive Speaker Boehner’s Eisenhower — ready to do battle against the Obama administration.
Barton’s nine-slide PowerPoint presentation, sent to NBC by a Democratic aide and confirmed by Barton’s office, reads like a laundry list of accomplishments and GOP priorities — that is, until the last slide.
That slide, titled “What’s in Store for the Obama Administration, states that “Speaker Boehner is our Dwight Eisenhower in the battle against the Obama Administration. Majority Leader Cantor is our Omar Bradley. I want to be George Patton - put anything in my scope and I will shoot it.”
With those parallels, Barton aligns himself and congressional Republicans with American military heroes of the Second World War. By that comparison, he could be perceived as likening opponents of congressional Republicans to Germany’s Nazi regime.
Barton’s office confirmed the contents of the slide, so it’s real. He’s really going there.