June 19, 2010

h/t Heather at VideoCafe

It's a step into Bizarro World when Bill O'Reilly becomes a voice of sanity and defense of President Obama. He even valiantly tries to drag Crazy Michelle Bachmann with him to a place where anything the President does isn't met with instantaneous reactionary obstructionism.

Bachmann has been out everywhere she can, pushing the GOP meme that the BP escrow fund is Obama "shaking down" and "extorting" BP by demanding that an escrow fund be put up. Watch as Billo asks who else is in a position to do so and Bachmann has to step back into reality, if only momentarily.

Ever so deftly, O'Reilly deftly redirects Bachmann to back pedal on her criticism back to a level where she almost sounds reasonable. Suddenly, her only concern is that the administrator of the escrow fund not be politically motivated and get the funds to the people as soon as possible. Well, Michelle, done and done.

But I do have one fairly large reality-based quibble with the both of them: there's no way that $20 billion is going to make things "whole" again. That ship is sailed. The only thing that we can do right now is to make sure we don't have another catastrophe like this by tightening up regulations, enforcing them consistently and preferably, ending deep sea drilling altogether.

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