Elliot will be posting the list of Sunday Talking Heads, and it contains the usual list of suspects and people whose views have proven to be so insightful in the past. We’re only missing Rand Paul, who claims to be exhausted from having to not explain himself.

So I’d like to ask all the chosen Congressional and Administration folks the following question(s):

Please consider the latest stories below concerning the BP Oil Disaster and then tell us what it is about your personal political ideology and policy positions, or any votes you have taken, that you now realize could have contributed to or prevented any/all of the conditions described? What responsibility do you accept for what went wrong?

Times-Picayune: Louisiana closes more fishing grounds.

State authorities Saturday closed the southwestern part of Barataria Bay to commercial and recreational fishing after oil began moving into that famed fishing area Friday night.

WGNO: Louisiana fisherman contemplating suicide; need mental health services; and see Bob Herbert/NYT on More than just an oil spill:

. . . an oyster fisherman whose life has been upended by the monstrous oil spill fouling an enormous swath of the Gulf of Mexico. He shook his head. “My wife and I have got two kids, 2 and 7. We could lose everything we’ve been working all of our lives for.”

AP/Times-Picayune: Cleaning wetlands may be impossible, scientists say

The gooey oil washing into the maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast could prove impossible to remove, leaving a toxic stew lethal to fish and wildlife, government officials and independent scientists said.

Officials are considering some drastic and risky solutions: They could set the wetlands on fire or flood areas in hopes of floating out the oil.

National Geographic: Oil spill puts Gulf sperm whales at risk?

NYT: Giant oil plumes may be beneath surface

NYT/Greenwire: Less toxic dispersants lose out in BP oil spill cleanup

Times-Picayune: Safety measures omitted during drilling

MMS/Seminal: Industry/regulators ignored results of own studies on plumes

NYT/Seminal: Oil regulators routinely ignored environmental laws, muzzled scientists

AP: Frustration mounts as oil seeps into Gulf wetlands

Times-Picayune: May 23 forecast size/density of spill

So here’s the question again: Do you think your views, positions, ideologies, votes, etc had anything to do with creating the climate in which all this occurred? Or was it all just an unfortunate accident?


As for the panels, what can we say? Here’s NBC’s Meet the Press lineup: Roundtable: Tom Friedman, Paul Gigot, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward.

These folks are representative of almost everything that went wrong in the last decade — they clamored for imperialist wars driven by schoolboy machismo rather than national interest, shilled for unregulated mega corporations and Wall Street banks that looted the country and then pleaded to be bailed out, ignored economic regulators complicit or asleep while economic/financial risks got out of control and put millions out of work, and worried more about the next book then doing his job. Can NBC’s producers explain why it believes the country needs to hear from these people?