Spill could hurt the Democrats

THE GULF of Mexico oil spill could damage the Democratic Party’s electoral chances in November’s mid-term Congressional elections, after Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis was widely criticised.

Late last week Obama denied claims that BP had shown more initiative than the government in regard to the spill. And he said it was “not true” that the US government had been plagued by indecision and confusion over how to deal with the worst oil disaster the US has seen.