SELECTIVE OPPOSITION TO ‘DEMONIZING’…. The party that apologized to BP after its oil spill disaster still believes those mean ol’ Democrats should leave the oil industry alone.

President Obama and Democrats in Congress should stop demonizing the oil industry, a top Republican on economic issues said Wednesday.

Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas), the top House Republican of the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he hoped a Republican majority in the House would end the scapegoating of the industry.

“I sure hope so, because energy’s still a huge part of our economy,” Brady said during an appearance on the Fox Business Network when asked if GOP control of the House could stop the demonization of oil.

Brady added that “this White House and this Congress” is “demonizing” oil companies, and he’d like it to stop.

Perhaps, when Republican leaders have time, they can provide a handy list for everyone, detailing who is and is not eligible for “demonizing.” For example, the GOP has made clear the demonizing Muslim Americans is fine. Demonizing immigrants? Also acceptable. Demonizing gays? No problem.

But criticizing the oil industry is obviously beyond the pale — and obviously the kind of thing that won’t be tolerated if Republicans regain the majority. Good to know.

By the way, if the combination of Brady and Big Oil sounds familiar, it may be because in May, during the first BP hearing on Capitol Hill, Brady skipped the testimony to attend an oil and gas fundraising breakfast, thrown by industry lobbyists in his honor.

That’s Kevin Brady, a congressional leader and man of the people — people who happen to be executives at ExxonMobil.

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