Think Progress Sen. Lamar Alexander Advocates A Government Takeover Of The Oil Spill Clean-Up Today, on CBS Face the Nation, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who spends a lot of his time fearmongering about various government takeovers seemed to advocate that the government simply let BP off the hook and take over the clean-up effort: Alexander: Theres one thing [the administration] could do. Under the law, they could fire BP and take it over. But the truth is the federal government probably doesnt have the capacity to do that. [...] Q: But would you favor taking over BP if that became necessary? Alexander: Sure, thats up to the President to decide.