British Petroleum took some lumps yesterday at a hearing in the House.
It was no surprise.
Elected officials look powerless in this situation. Naturally they want to whomp the BP guy a time or two while he’s sitting right in front of them with his arms tied to the chair. He can’t fight back because it would only make his company look worse, which would be an amazing achievement in itself, but not worth the trouble.
Our representatives had a free swing, and many of them took it. The real hazard for any Congressman wanting a piece of this fun was that some other solon might use their favorite string of insulting terms first, rendering their outrage repetitive.
That’s why it is so vitally important to hold a few extras in reserve.
Come on, Congressman Babooner! You might make it on to the evening news if you follow the script to develop your own unique bit of executive scolding!
Sir, I am appalled at the magnitude of this disaster and the …
… way that your …
Circus of Fools
Brainless Collection of Oafs
… moved so quickly to …
… responsibility for what is sure to be remembered as the most profound example of …
Bad, bad publicity
… in this, or any other …
chamber of horrors!
Sir, at long last, have you no …
Are you an effective scold? Be nice!