Great News for Joe Barton, BP, Democrats

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Texas congressman Joe Barton, who felt compelled to publicly declare his heartfelt sympathy for the least sympathetic entity in America last week, will retain his position as the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Expect to hear Democrats explaining how this signals the party's endorsement of Barton's sentiments for, oh, the next four months. [TPM]