‘HOW REPUBLICANS WOULD GOVERN’…. Last week, the DNC acted pretty quickly, launching a television ad going after Republicans in light of Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-Texas) apology to BP. It was pretty well received — so the DNC is taking another bite at the apple.

If you can’t watch clips from your work computer, the ad starts with Barton’s apology, and a voice-over says, “The Republican Party, standing up for big oil and apologizing to BP. What do they say about holding BP accountable?” At that point, it shows Rand Paul describing criticism of BP as “really un-American.”

The voice-over adds, “That we shouldn’t be so hard on BP” at which point Eric Cantor says the president should “absolutely” stop demonizing BP. “And Republicans call BP’s escrow fund…” with video of Barton calling it a “shakedown,” and Michele Bachmann calling it “extortion.”

The voice-over concludes, “Apologizing to big oil: This is how Republicans would govern.”

As with the first ad, note that the spot doesn’t bother with names — most Americans have no idea who Joe Barton is — but emphasizes the Republican Party and its decision to side with BP. The closing line is the important one: if you want to know how a GOP-led Congress would operate, we’re getting a good look right now.

Last week’s ad generated donations in the “significant six figures,” and the DNC clearly hopes to keep the momentum going.

Indeed, as far as the politics are concerned, Democrats reportedly consider this “the best stretch for the White House on the oil spill since the saga began,” all because Republicans chose to back the foreign oil company responsible for the worst environmental disaster in American history.

Once in a while, a team is blessed by inept opponents.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.