One might think that the tabloidish revelations of Barney Frank's abuse of office in helping his hooker-housemate Stephen Gobie would have humbled the Massachusetts lawmaker. It emboldened him, and the cantankerous congressman found himself immersed in more scandals with more boyfriends. Rather than own up Barney lashed out. More than thirty years after his election to Congress, Barney Frank has decided to call it quits. His constituents should have quit him years ago. Read my piece @ City Journal on how a fawning constituency only fuels a narcisisstic politician.
When the going gets tough; Barney gets going. There IS an upside to Massachusetts losing population after all.
Good riddance to this dangerous, arrogant, aberrant, corrupt reprobate!
Stay tuned on how I really feel. Happy would be one way to describe it.
How much of a one-party, establishment-fawning, static state is Massachusetts? It took the Democrat clique on Beacon Hill (who redistricted him) to get this guy off of Capital Hill, when no scandal and no Republic could do so.
Could not disagree with any of that.
Took them a while, but even the soft powers that pretend here got that BF was not only a local embarrassment but a national one.
And as more people flee the state, the Congressional Delegation from Mosco....eh, Massachusetts will dwindle.
Don't let the door - oh. Come to think of it, he might rather like that....
I know it's the way our government works, but it's dangerous in many cases that a member of Congress who gets voted to high office by a constituent base that may not be capable of exercising good judgment or stability can force one of their own on the American people nationally. To understand this completely, think of (crazy) Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and wielding the enormous power of that appointment. Put into and kept in power by, arguably, one of the most left leaning off the chart leftist constituencies in the country.
She was two (depending on how you look at it) catastrophes away from the Presidency of the United States! And even though Barney would never have been that kind of threat he still had too much power for his own good.
I read your article and listened to your KSFO interview about Barney Bye-Bye.
Here are a couple of recollections from 1980, when he won his first term.
Back then the district was gerrymandered westward, from Brookline to Waltham to Leominster, Fitchburg, and Gardner.
Barney beat Waltham mayor (Clarke?) in the primary. The Republican candidate was Dick Jones, a U.S. Army dentist from Fort Devens.
I volunteered with the Jones campaign and spent many afternoons holding Jones and Reagan signs at busy intersections in Leominster. I canvassed a lot of Lancaster and placed a lot of yard signs. I distributed literature in Gardner.
On Election Day, I was astounded to see sound trucks driving around Leominster pushing the Frank campaign. Their team was so organized.
We Jones people were a ragtag bunch of amateurs. We did what we could with what little we had, which included zilch from the state and national Republicans, as far as I could tell.
Barney was a bad fit for the western end of the district but enough mindless automatons voted for the "D" after the name to put him over the top. He even won Gardner, probably on union and factory workers' votes.
Overall I think he got less than the 54% he got against Sean Bielat in 2010. In the 1982 redistricting he was gerrymandered 90 degrees away into the narrow district that brought him into New Bedford.
Any kind of serious support for Jones could have prevented the thirty years of damage that the 1980 election launched.
And I think Republicans still haven't learned their lessons from elections like that. The Republican ruling class I've seen while living in Pennsylvania and in the Deep South don't seem to get it, either.
The Tea needs to be stronger.
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