"The White House sees this crisis as a political opportunity and is committed to exploiting it for all its worth."
Excuse me? Who is trying to exploit this disaster as "a political opportunity"?
Could it be Tommy Adams, listed currently on the North Carolina Republican Party website as "Assistant Secretary" of the statewide GOP?
There seems to be a lot of LUV for this disaster from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, who suggested that maybe President Obama had the BP well blown-up deliberately; or from Texas Congressman Joe Barton, who said he was "ashamed" of the White House, lamenting that the Prez was "shaking down" BP; or from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who called the $20-billion compensation escrow fund agreed to by BP a "redistribution-of-wealth" socialist plot; or from failed Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who demanded that the feds call in the Dutch to build a dike; or from Republican Minority Leader in the House John Boehner, who first said that U.S. taxpayers should pay for the clean-up but retracted that in favor of saying that BP must pay all the costs but will not allow his Republican troops in the House to vote on lifting the federal liability cap.
Who's playing politics, Mr. Adams?
And what would Republicans support so far as action goes, anyway? Effective regulation and oversight? Noooo. They hate government.
But they sure as hell are enjoying the benefits of this particular disaster. Hope it brings down this president, if possible, if the massive unemployment and their refusal to lift a hand to help the unemployed doesn't do it first.