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Joe Barton (R-idjit): 'I want to be George Patton' in battle against W.H.
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Barton: 'I want to be George Patton' in battle against W.H.

From NBC's Shawna Thomas and Luke Russert

When Rep. Joe Barton, R-Calif., speaks before the GOP Steering Committee later this week to make his case for leading the House Energy and Commerce panel, he will present himself as the General Patton to Presumptive Speaker Boehner's Eisenhower -- ready to do battle against the Obama administration.

Barton's nine-slide PowerPoint presentation, sent to NBC by a Democratic aide and confirmed by Barton's office, reads like a laundry list of accomplishments and GOP priorities -- that is, until the last slide.

That slide, titled "What's in Store for the Obama Administration, states that "Speaker Boehner is our Dwight Eisenhower in the battle against the Obama Administration. Majority Leader Cantor is our Omar Bradley. I want to be George Patton - put anything in my scope and I will shoot it."

With those parallels, Barton aligns himself and congressional Republicans with American military heroes of the Second World War. By that comparison, he could be perceived as likening opponents of congressional Republicans to Germany's Nazi regime.


While two senior GOP aides see this as a "tone deaf" move by Barton, Republican House leadership declined to comment on the matter on the record.

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