05/11/2010 11:01 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Oil Spill Hearings Bring Out the Political Drama: 'Spill, Baby, Spill'

The Gulf Coast oil spill engendered its share of Capitol Hill drama Tuesday, beginning with the moment executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton took their seats and waited for Senators to grill them about what caused the disaster.

It was befitting that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee moved the first hearing on the spill to the recently renamed Kennedy Caucus Room. The late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat, was a master in the art of political theater and outrage.

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