Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former oil lobbyist, thinks that oil remaining in the Gulf is a-okay, poison-wise. It's fine! Really. And if any water critters get smothered in it, well, toothpaste would have had the same effect.

Haley "Boss Hogg" Barbour may very well run for president, which, as we've documented previously, would be kinda fun for everyone. Because, for example, what the hell is he talking about here? Via Mother Jones:

Barbour has also said the risk to wildlife from oiling is not as bad as some have been saying.

"Once it gets to this stage, it's not poisonous," Barbour said. "But if a small animal got coated enough with it, it could smother it. But if you got enough toothpaste on you, you couldn't breathe."

Not everyone is so sure about the oil's current toxic impact, first of all, which is why they're doing major studies now and for the foreseeable future.

As for the thing about getting smothered in toothpaste, well, we don't need to know about unfortunate experiences from his sex life.

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