Conservatives are starting to pinch themselves. Could Barney Frank, the arrogant, twerpy congressman from Massachusetts, be among the casualties of Election 2010? Some are beginning to dream the impossible dream.
First, Scott Brown carried Frank’s district narrowly, suggesting that Frank’s constituents could be persuaded to vote for a Republican. Then Barney Frank drew a strong, attractive opponent by the name of Sean Bielat, a Harvard-educated Marine who builds robot that disarm IEDs, thus saving the lives and limbs of American servicemen. Then the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided to consider putting some money in the race, the first time it has done that in at least three decades.
The history of Barney Frank in Congress is well-known, from the hectoring lectures on the House floor to the screaming on television talk shows to the more recent ungentlemanly behavior in a recent debate with Bielat, according to Robert Stacy McCain:
“Sean Bielat has first-hand knowledge of Barney Frank’s stomach-turning arrogance. Bielat debated Frank three times in the past two days, although “debate” is perhaps not the correct word. Frank does not debate, he lectures, and no matter what outrageous claims he makes, his opponent cannot be permitted to object.
“‘Mr. Bielat, please stop interrupting me,’ Frank said during a Monday debate on Boston’s WRKO radio, after the Republican had objected to one of Frank’s numerous distortions. Before the debate was over, as Jonathan Strong of the Daily Caller noted, Frank complained eight time about being interrupted. It was as if Frank thought he was back at Harvard — where he taught undergraduate course in the 1960s — and his GOP opponent was an impertinent sophomore.
“Bielat yesterday summed up Frank’s attitude: ‘”‘Don’t talk. I’m talking. I’m the congressman. You’re here to listen to me.’ That’s the way he’s approached his constituents. That’s the way he’s approaching this race. And that’s the way he was approaching me [Monday].'”
Townhall meetings with Congressman Frank have proved to be equally annoying to constituents who have had the misfortune to question Barney Frank’s awesomeness. Frank is not shy about giving one of his own constituents, upon whose vote he depends on for his title of congressman, a severe tongue lashing if he feels affronted by a question.
And let’s not forget the nauseating Stephen Gobie scandal, in which a male prostitute operated a brothel out of Frank’s Washington apartment. For that little indiscretion, Barney Frank was reprimanded by a vote of the House.
The biggest indictment against Frank has been his involvement in the collapse of Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
“During the housing bubble, Frank repeatedly denied that there was any problem with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the federally sponsored agencies that fell under the oversight of the House Financial Services Committee where he was the ranking Democrat. Bielat points out how Frank scoffed at claims that Fannie and Freddie were engaged in unsound lending practices. Frank dismissed ‘”disaster scenarios’ of those who warned that the problems could lead to ‘serious financial losses,’ and said he wanted to ‘roll the dice a little bit more’ with subsidies for low-income home ownership.”
Barney Frank is annoyed that he has to defend his behavior during the housing crisis. Nevertheless, if he had been more proactive, it is possible that the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would not have occurred, alleviating or perhaps avoiding altogether the current economic crisis. The Cook Political Report has downgraded Barney Frank’s district from “Safe” to “Likely Democrat.” Frank remains somewhat ahead of Sean Bielat in the polls. But that deficit could easily be made up in the next 20 days. And that could mean that Barney Frank could become blessed history.
Source: Barney Frank, Interrupted, Robert Stacey McCain, The American Spectator, October 13th, 2010