As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Barton is the country's most powerful politican when it comes to telecom and Internet law. Barton is AT&T and the telco's best friend. They shower him with campaign contributions, and he does what they tell him.
Even for Barton, equating net neutrality with pornography is a new low. But that's the way they play politics in Texas, I guess. So far, it's paid off for him. Whether it will in the long term remains to be seen.