While oil flows into the gulf, Democrats have seized the opportunity to attack Republicans over Rep. Joe Barton's so-called "gaffe" with a series of new attack ads. They ask Republicans to "stop apologizing to Big Oil." Even if his comments were politically clumsy, Rep. Joe Barton hit the philosophical nail on the head. The United States is supposedly a nation of laws. Seizing a crisis as an opportunity to extort $20,000,000,000 from a business has no place in such a nation. Democrats retort that BP's actions were voluntary. They "chose" to establish this fund. But how much of a choice is it when the Vice President leans in and tells them, "