Barney Frank, the GOPs’ favorite villain, to retire

Barney Franks casts his mysterious spell over House Republicans.

Barney Frank casts his mysterious spell over House Republicans.

Barney Frank, 71, will reportedly announce this afternoon that he will not be running for re-election next year.

On the hand, that will deprive the Republican noise machine of one of its favorite stock villains. On the other hand, it will quickly identify someone else to replace him. Elizabeth Warren, another Massachusetts liberal, comes to mind.

It will also occasion another rehash of claims that Frank, as a minority member of the U.S. House at an era time when Republicans ran the place with an iron fist, somehow managed to singlehandedly bamboozle the GOP majority into backing the destruction of the U.S. housing industry. And as always, they will have no explanation of how such a thing is possible.

As the Boston Globe reports:

“A close adviser told the Globe today that the new district in which Frank would have to run next year was a major factor in his decision. While it retained his Newton stronghold, it was revised to encompass more conservative towns while Frank also lost New Bedford, a blue-collar city where he spent a lot of time and became a leading figure in the debate over fisheries.”


– Jay Bookman

143 comments Add your comment

Joe Hussein Mama

November 28th, 2011
10:11 am

This ought to bring out the conservative commentors today.

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2011
10:11 am

“On the hand, that will deprive the Republican noise machine of one of its favorite stock villains”

Don’t bet on it. Look how long Clinton has been out of office and they still trot HIM out as a villain

Joe Hussein Mama

November 28th, 2011
10:11 am

Oh, and FIRST.

Welcome to the Occupation

November 28th, 2011
10:17 am

As Greek hard right politician Yiorgos Karatzaferis says, perfectly expressing the neo-fascist mentality :

They say that to get ahead you have to be one of three things: a Jew, a homosexual, or a communist. We are none of these

This idea goes a long way towards explaining why the hard right in this country clings so relentlessly to figures of hate like Barney Frank.

TaxPayer

November 28th, 2011
10:19 am

Being a Republican requires an inordinate amount of faith. You just gots to believe, Jay! It’s the GOP way. Facts are a hinderance.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
10:19 am

Toodles to the dirtbag

Jm

November 28th, 2011
10:22 am

I cant predict MA politics. But if her face comes into contact with the pavement (or she falls flat), I won’t be the least bit upset.

Ok, let the liberal Warren cheerleading begin for her presidency even though there isn’t any reliable evidence she stands a snowball’s chance in he’ll of ever getting that far.

TaxPayer

November 28th, 2011
10:27 am

But if her face comes into contact with the pavement (or she falls flat), I won’t be the least bit upset.

Do you cheer at Rand Paul rallies too.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
10:28 am

Jay. I think you need my sock puppets to keep your blog lively. :)

Good riddance to the windbag Frank

Jm

November 28th, 2011
10:30 am

Taxpayer
Watching someone fall is different than stomping on their head

But I wouldn’t expect you to be able to pick up on that not so subtle difference

Peadawg

November 28th, 2011
10:31 am

“Don’t bet on it. Look how long Clinton has been out of office and they still trot HIM out as a villain” – Same could be said about Democrats and Bush.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
10:31 am

Taxpayer doesn’t understand metaphors

Kamchak doesn’t vote but opines here endlessly

You liberals are a joke

Don't Forget

November 28th, 2011
10:32 am

Wish it was Dodd retiring I’m no fan of him but Frank is knowledgeable and I’ll be sorry to see him go.

USMC

November 28th, 2011
10:32 am

First Jerry Sandusky, then Bernie Fine…. Now Barney Frank… :-)

Peadawg

November 28th, 2011
10:35 am

Jm

November 28th, 2011
10:35 am

Frank is a loser

Just another politician who only likes to win easy races and plays the game from the extremist left wing instead of acting in the interests of a the moderate center

The founding fathers are doing cartwheels and rejoicing

ty webb

November 28th, 2011
10:35 am

good riddance…one corruptocrat gone, a hundred or so to go.

Jay

November 28th, 2011
10:37 am

Forget, Dodd retired already, declining to seek re-election in 2010.

You just forgot.

TaxPayer

November 28th, 2011
10:38 am

I understand your posts well enough, jm. As does Jay and anyone that reads any of your posts. In fact, as Jay points out, your reputation precedes you.

Bosch

November 28th, 2011
10:39 am

Frank will always been the rights whipping boy — their hate for him is so misguided — somehow this House member in the minority was so powerful he collapsed the housing industry — yeah right. The wingnuts never give a thought to the whole picture, it’s just easier to blame the wrong person they deem a villain. I mean, he’s a gay Democrat, what could be worse to the wingnuts?

ty webb

November 28th, 2011
10:39 am

and you really got to hand it to Jay…in just a few keystrokes, the guy can turn anyone into a “victim”.

USMC

November 28th, 2011
10:40 am

“Barney Frank, the GOPs’ favorite villain, to retire”–Jay Bookman

A Victory for America!

Bosch

November 28th, 2011
10:41 am

And I have to say, not being around these parts lately, I am totally out of the news cycle. It’s nice to not know every single little tidbit of current event happening. It’s made me a better person. :)

Don't Forget

November 28th, 2011
10:41 am

Jay, I was thinking maybe he had. Should have done a quick search to verify.

Jeff

November 28th, 2011
10:49 am

After he leaves congress he should leave the country.

too little time

November 28th, 2011
10:49 am

On the hand, that will deprive the Republican noise machine of one of its favorite stock villains

Barney Frank’s consistent, incremental weakening of housing lending standards to get poor people into homeownership is well documented. History doesn’t change, and this part of history firmly belongs to the Democrats in general and Barney Frank in particular. That Republicans eventually benefited and (thus) were complicit in this weakening of lending standards that lead to the toxic mortgage backed securities that were the basis of the financial meltdown came well after the fact. Barney Frank and the Democrats made the first (and most important) incremental changes at a time when compromise was not a dirty word in Congress. That doesn’t alleviate him of the destruction that his social engineering experiment wrought. But we will always give credit where credit is due. If any single person anywhere could be held responsible for the great Recession (not really possible , but if ONE could be singled out), that man is Barney Frank.

USMC

November 28th, 2011
10:49 am

Barney Frank will go down (< probably not appropriate) as the buffoon who lied about Freddie and Fannie.

Barney Frank Caught Lying About Fannie Mae
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UZ9l_AxKjA&feature=related

Guy Incognito

November 28th, 2011
10:50 am

Bosch

November 28th, 2011
10:41 am
And I have to say, not being around these parts lately, I am totally out of the news cycle. It’s nice to not know every single little tidbit of current event happening. It’s made me a better person.

I second your sentiment…BOSCH. Spent a week making my pilgrimage to Lambeau (and having Thanksgiving w family in Milwaukee)

USMC

November 28th, 2011
10:50 am

Barney Frank/Democrats Lied and people lost their homes. :-)

Democrats were WARNED of Financial crisis and did NOTHING
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPSDnGMzIdo

Jm

November 28th, 2011
10:52 am

Usmc
Try not to remind liberals of facts

It disrupts their fantasy

Bosch

November 28th, 2011
10:53 am

“Barney Frank’s consistent, incremental weakening of housing lending standards to get poor people into homeownership is well documented. ”

And so, I’m SURE you’ll be able to provide any evidence to that :roll:

deegee

November 28th, 2011
10:53 am

Bad news. I listen to a lot of political talk shows. Barney Frank is consistently one of the most intelligent and informed politicians that appears on these shows. Instead of repeating political talking points, he will talk about an issue in depth and place it into context with other issues. He generally gives an accurate history of the issue including all of the relevant legislation that either passed or failed. You might disagree with his political views but he isn’t your run of the mill political hack. I’m sorry to see him go.

TaxPayer

November 28th, 2011
10:55 am

Kamchak

November 28th, 2011
10:56 am

Kamchak doesn’t vote…

Liar.

Intown

November 28th, 2011
10:59 am

This is a direct result of redistricting which Republican controlled state legislatures have wrought. Bad sign for the next 10 years for Dems.

Granny Godzilla

November 28th, 2011
11:01 am

I’ll miss Barney.

He’s got spunk.

Don't Forget

November 28th, 2011
11:02 am

too little time

November 28th, 2011
10:49 am

Nonsense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNqQx7sjoS8&feature=related

That was from 2002. Republican control of both houses of congress and the white house. And I’m not buying the idea that Bush wanted to help the poor. The housing bubble was the about only thing keeping the economy going during the Bush years, that and defense/homeland security.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Perhaps we need more warnings like Paul Revere with lanterns in one hand, a musket in another hand and a bull horn in the other other hand warning the British that we have not yet begun to fight.

Amazing Frank “warned” the Dems but the Republicans were not “listening” either. Probably because Newt was working that history. We seem to get too much of the south end of that north end facing horse.

ByteMe

November 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Bad sign for the next 10 years for Dems.

And racial demographics are a bad sign for longer term for Republicans.

Thomas

November 28th, 2011
11:05 am

He is not a villain- he simply (was allowed to) maximize himself over many decades off the taxpayer. Very intelligent individual. With proper controls, he and a handful of others in Congress would have been a great benefit to the country.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:05 am

Kammy sport

Four options
1. Obama
2. McCain
3. Didn’t vote
4. Write in

You said 1 didn’t happen. If you picked #2 u have some splainin. If it was 4 you wasted your vote for the most part since game theory dictates your vote will be inconsequential.

So you either didn’t vote or in essence didn’t vote.

Why don’t you tell us which instead of hiding, sport.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:07 am

TaxPayer

November 28th, 2011
11:09 am

Jm is trying to spin his lie about Kamchack. :lol:

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:09 am

Kamchak would make a good politician

He doesn’t like to tell the truth

Jimmy62

November 28th, 2011
11:10 am

I think it’s more that he was supposed to be regulation Freddie Mac, but instead was sleeping with an executive there while Freddie Mac helped destroy the housing market. I’m sorry if you think that’s ok, I’m sure if he was a Republican you would be upset. He also helped make sure a lot of money that could have been directed toward productive things was instead given to misguided poverty programs that enriched supervisors and politicians involved while helping create more poor people.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Kammy the critic can’t fess up to facts

Another liberal hypocrite

Don't Forget

November 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Jimmy62, Freddie/Fannie was involved with about a quarter of the sub prime loans. How do they get the blame for this mess?

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Barney Frank still has a chance to redeem himself to the extent that he suggests that all the other long serving corruptresentatives step down and make room for fresh ideas and agenda’s.

His tenure was truly no different from others.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS HE WILL END UP AS LOBBYIST OR SPECIAL ADVISOR TO POLITICALLY CONNECTED DONOR?

I’m betting a 95% that he will within a month of the effective date of the end of his tenure…Anyone want some of this action??

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:14 am

Boy

Rough day for liberals

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:15 am

Stevie

He should be banned from DC and use of any phone or email

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:18 am

Frank will probably make a living advising banks on how to get around Dodd frank

It was both dodd’s and frank’s permanent employment acts

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:18 am

16 terms are 10 too many.

Demand term limits to end career pols.

kayaker 71

November 28th, 2011
11:19 am

“Fannie and Freddie are in good shape”….. Bwarney Fwank. Old Bwarney is leaving office with a net worth of close to 2M plus a gazillion dollars in campaign contributions which he gets to keep tax free. His salary is about 174K and change. For some of the things that he did to influence the housing debacle, he should be in jail, along with his buddy Franklin Raines.

Kamchak

November 28th, 2011
11:20 am

Why don’t you tell us which instead of hiding, sport.

You are the only one asking, and it seems to piss you off so much that I won’t tell you.

You said, “Kamchak doesn’t vote but opines here endlessly”.

I was born when the new car smell was still on the Ike administration.

I’ve been voting since before you were even old enough to make a mess in your pampers, little boy.

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:21 am

kay,

Yet you give newt a free pass for lobbying for them.

TruthBe

November 28th, 2011
11:22 am

Jay, More proof of the corruption of Obama administrations State Department funds given to America’s enemies. Check out the PLO’s use of the monies given them. Even Congressional Democrats are wanting an investigation. Check it out in the Jewish Nespaper Posts and the Washington Post.

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:22 am

My 95% prognostication does have some underlying data support. I think that some 90% of DOD folks who retired or left and continued to work became employed or obtained consulting contracts with Boeing and the like….

Who will it be for Barney? Brown Brothers Harriman, Royal Bank of Scotland, BOFA, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley or American Bankers Association?

TruthBe

November 28th, 2011
11:23 am

An GREAT example for why we need term limits NOW.

TruthBe

November 28th, 2011
11:24 am

Can we say CORRUPTION.

kayaker 71

November 28th, 2011
11:25 am

getalife,

I haven’t given Newt a free pass for anything. I am against lobbyists of any stripe, no matter what party they belong to. It is wrong and always has been. I am not proud of the Tom Delays, the Jack Abramoffs and some of the practices that Newt and others like him, on both sides of the isle, engaged in. You think that Republicans are the only ones who engage in this nonsense?

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:25 am

TRUTHBE;

Wow, be careful or you will be outed as an anomaly on this post suggesting that our flawed system is only capable of flawed outcomes…don’t expect any cogent responses or meaningful debates if you happen to be a thoughtful free thinker:-) Of course, I couldn’t agree with you more…

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:26 am

Getalife 11:18 I agree

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:27 am

truther,

Now you are getting it.

You finally admitted your party is corrupt too.

Lets see the rest of the cons admit it too.

TruthBe

November 28th, 2011
11:28 am

Jay, Just for you .http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=246918

USMC

November 28th, 2011
11:29 am

Not a great week for the Gay Community…

First Jerry Sandusky, then Bernie Fine…. Now Barney Frank… :-)

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:29 am

KAYAKER,

You, like TRUTHBE are in grave danger of developing your own opinions on each issue as opposed to possessing the most popular pastime herein…SHEEP behavior….See Pink Floyd animals lyics for shi@s and giggles. Be ready to endure weak beef, name calling, and generally sophmoric, flimsy debates….

TruthBe

November 28th, 2011
11:30 am

Both parties are corrupt but the Democrats are masters at it.Obama
is the leader of corruption.

kayaker 71

November 28th, 2011
11:30 am

getalife,

To say that any one political party is more corrupt than the other is pure folly. They are both complicit in bribery, under handed deals, back room politics and non-disclosure. We just have someone in the WH who has taken it to new heights.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:30 am

Kammy sport
It doesn’t bug me at all

You just look ridiculous. Kammy the non voter who defends Obama constantly. How funny

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:30 am

“I haven’t given Newt a free pass for anything. I am against lobbyists of any stripe, no matter what party they belong to. It is wrong and always has been. I am not proud of the Tom Delays, the Jack Abramoffs and some of the practices that Newt and others like him, on both sides of the isle, engaged in. You think that Republicans are the only ones who engage in this nonsense?”

No, both parties are playing in our corrupt system. I think today’s secret bailout news is the final straw.

I call on all cons to join the OWS movement and actually do something about it.

We need unity to fix our corrupt government.

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:32 am

GETALIFE,

They are all corrupt because we allow them to operate in an environment where insider trading, cronyism and net worth expansion while in office are legal….Until we get some reform on this issue, our interests, whatever they may be, will never be truly represented and the polarization will continue to expand..

TruthBe

November 28th, 2011
11:33 am

Throw them ALL out now. America would be better off with non-politicans for office.

Welcome to the Occupation

November 28th, 2011
11:33 am

Jm: “Rough day for liberals”

Really trying to understand what it is you’re talking about there. Care to expound?

Something tells me if you start scratching around too much there in the way of definitions you might pull out one of the pillars holding up your entire mental/moral universe. And we don’t want that now do we.

Midori

November 28th, 2011
11:34 am

USMC – Your level of ignorance is astounding.

Lumping pedophiles and gays together is not only wrong, but viciously so.

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:35 am

Great examples is Harry Reid who put earmarks in latest stimulus bill to install bridge/roadways to enhance value of property he owned…Pelosi earmarked in same bill money to install streetcar like project near property she owned in SF…the list goes on without prejudice to either party. BO has been too obvious as was Bush…

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2011
11:35 am

“An GREAT example for why we need term limits NOW”

We already HAVE term limits. They’re called “elections”

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:35 am

stevie,

I hear reform of this and that everyday.

We need unity for government reform.

Now is the time to do it and whining on a blog does nothing but make yourself feel better about our corrupt government.

Lord Help Us

November 28th, 2011
11:35 am

‘We just have someone in the WH who has taken it to new heights.’

Way worse than selling arms to Iran, negotiating with terrorists (Iran/Contra), enabling Saddam Hussien in the 80’s, enabling the Taliban/OBL in Afghanistan in the 80’s, the S&L taxpayer bailout, Iraq war II, the 2007 Wall Street Bailout…

Solyndra is WAY worse than any of these…

Midori

November 28th, 2011
11:36 am

Welcome -

I’m with you.

The only thing I’m having a rough time with is reading his jack@ssery.

Recon 0311 2533

November 28th, 2011
11:36 am

“Demand term limits to end career pols.”

getalife is spot on.

kayaker 71

November 28th, 2011
11:36 am

New figures show that Paris Hilton has a better approval rating than our Congress. And they are spending our money and making our laws. Only 17% of the electorate believes that this country is headed in the right direction and approval of our Congress is in the single digits. Yet they still keep electing people like Barney Frank, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and Maxine Waters. Go figure.

carlosgvv

November 28th, 2011
11:36 am

“they will have no explanation of how such a thing is possible”

They do not need to explain. All they need to do is make the accusation. They know their electorate believes anything they are told, no matter how ridiculous. They can openly cater to the top 1%, throw the other 99% under the bus and still get millions of votes. With those kind of voters, they can be as deceitful and lying as they like and still get elected and re-elected.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 28th, 2011
11:37 am

Well, seems to me this Frank guy should move to Buckhead to be with the rest of the Gays. There’s so many of them they could elect their own Congressman. And there’s so many unsold houses and condos there he might could talk Congress into passing a special law to let them get bundled up and sold to stupid investors. There’s enough of them around, that’s for sure. They’d buy Frigidaires at the North Pole.

Have a good Monday everybody.

Kamchak

November 28th, 2011
11:37 am

Kammy the non voter who defends Obama constantly.

Constantly?

If that is the case, then I’m sure that you’ll have no problem substantiating that claim with at least two of my postings here.

Thanks in advance.

But I don’t think you can or will do it.

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:38 am

TRUTHBE,

What about national referendums for issues like bailouts, abortion, gay marriage, congressional ethics, and others of most derision. According to Americaselect, bailouts not accepted, abortion acceptable, gay marriage acceptable and congressional ethics resoundingly acceptable…

Anyway we can pull that off????

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:38 am

kay and truther say our President is corrupt too..

Yes, it takes a billion to run for President so all the candidates are corrupt.

It’s the system stupid.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:39 am

“We already HAVE term limits. They’re called “elections”

Doggone is a broken record. She must be a politician because only a politician would defend the corrupt system we have.

Getalife, doggone is the one you need to convince. Not the cons.

kayaker 71

November 28th, 2011
11:42 am

“it takes a billion to run for President”….. sure does. And do you think that all of that money is free and given with no strings attached? These idiots are in someone’s hip pocket even before they are elected.

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:42 am

At least we are making progress and our cons are finally admitting the gop are corrupt.

Baby steps for change.

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:43 am

GETALIFE,

Where exactly does reform start and I do get jollies picking fights with the know-it-all SHEEP but I am also involved in Americanselect and other groups attempting to make the push for reform. I’m not sure why you decided to attack me as a whiner so please know that your opinion of me is not my business.

I think a blog is a terrific means to reiterate how ridiculous those who don’t feel reform is the primary priority. Those who draw lines in the sand on pure party postions need to have the message repeated so hopefully some sort of grass root effort or better yet, radical candidate takes this on….

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:43 am

Forget OWS

What we need is Occupy Congress

And a different quality of people than OWS. Oh wait, they’re called the Tea Partiers. :)

kayaker 71

November 28th, 2011
11:44 am

getalife,

Now if we could just get these diehard liberals to admit that something, even just a little bit, is wrong with our present President, we might just be getting somewhere. Want to give it a try?

Mr Sunshine

November 28th, 2011
11:44 am

MA has spawned, The Kennedys, Frank, Kerry, Dukakis…what a group of crooks.

Stevie Ray

November 28th, 2011
11:44 am

Is REDNECK seriously the gay bigot suggested or is he being sarcastic?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 28th, 2011
11:45 am

Hmmm… Kam is a non-voter. Why I bet the poster suggesting that is purely ignorant. Kam has stated a number of times how he voted in 2008 althoughthere is no requirement to do so and he ever needs to explain his vote to some sockpuppeter. Me thinks most know who looks ridiculous, Lambchops. :D

And a new meme: Rough Day for [Hated group from the right].

Perhaps the righties are ducking the real $7.7 trillion bailout of the banks with their anit-Frank nonsense.

Beep! Beep!

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:45 am

Getalife
Cons are all for term limits. Your fellow liberals need convincing. Not cons

Get to work

Kamchak

November 28th, 2011
11:45 am

Doggone is a broken record. She must be a politician because only a politician would defend the corrupt system we have.

Not intended to be factual statements.

Don't Forget

November 28th, 2011
11:46 am

I’m not so sure term limits is the solution. The real problem, it seems to me, is the political gerrymandering that virtually guarantee’s the election of one party or the other in a certain district. Term limits may get rid of the “career politician” but as long as we have districts where there is absolutely no oppostion we will just get clones of the ones we term limit.

Jm

November 28th, 2011
11:46 am

I think doggone is an Atlanta City Council member

getalife

November 28th, 2011
11:47 am

““Demand term limits to end career pols.”

getalife is spot on.”

It is amazing.

When I blogged at Luckovich’s I said the same thing and was ignored.

I guess it took a couple of years and a collapse for Americans to see the obvious.