BILL MINOR: Barbour handles BP issue like other big business: Softly

You can always count on Haley Barbour to defend the big corporations when things go wrong. So it’s no surprise that the Mississippi governor has consistently downgraded the seriousness of British Petroleum’s deepwater well uncontrollably spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Even Barbour’s four fellow Gulf state Republican governors have become openly critical of BP or have distanced themselves from the oil giant as the scope of the disaster has grown more menacing to the economy and ecology of the Gulf region.

Several of the other GOP governors have changed their minds about allowing offshore drilling. But not Barbour. “A bunch of liberal elites were hoping this would be the Three Mile Island of offshore drilling,” Barbour had told the Mississippi Manufacturers Association in Biloxi a week ago.

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