That Sound You Hear is Joe Barton Getting Tossed Under a Bus

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After his “misconstruction” apology apology and his “retraction” apology apology, Joe Barton is still in the doghouse with House GOP leadership.

Reps. Boehner, Cantor and Pence just sent out a stern reprimand stating unequivocally that “Congressman Barton’s statements this morning were wrong.” But that might not be the end of it. The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward hears it could cost him his plum committee post:

“He was told, ‘Apologize, immediately. Or you will lose your position, immediately,” a House GOP leadership aide said, describing a meeting between Barton and House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

“Now that he has apologized, we’ll see what happens going forward,” the GOP aide said.

Meanwhile, chuffed Democrats are cheerily sending out missives with Barton’s name and face plastered everywhere and Robert Gibbs has reverted to campaign mode.

Gulf Coast Dems will be circling back to this one plenty of times before November.