The house is on fire in the Gulf of Mexico. And Congress wants to hold the arson investigation while it's still burning?

It’s pretty hard to make BP CEO Tony Hayward look good. But several members of the House subcommittee investigating the spill are doing their level best.

nasa satellite photo of BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

What a sorry spectacle we saw on Capitol Hill Thursday, as Hayward faced a House subcommittee grilling before the global television cameras.

Both the timing and the tone of this hearing are all wrong. An analogy: The house is on fire in the Gulf of Mexico. And Congress wants to hold the arson investigation while it’s still burning?

Sorry, fellas, but no. There will be plenty of time for political posturing and blame-laying once the Deepwater Horizon well is plugged and the clean-up can begin. For now, though, the focus should be 100 percent on putting this fire out and getting the central Gulf Coast back on its feet.

Ridiculing Tony Hayward for the sake of the cameras does little to solve the problem. It only makes it worse. We would be the last to defend the performance of BP and its CEO, but pulling Hayward and others away from the front lines so that they can be publicly ridiculed by posturing members of Congress borders on irresponsible.

First things first.

via First things first: Congress has it backwards: Get the BP spill problem fixed before holding hearings | Editorial | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

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