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So long and thanks for all the hits

There it is; one of my biggest getter-of-hits. It’s the numero uno on a Google images search of “does Barney Frank have any teeth?”

The answer is no. He doesn’t. Not one. He’s as edentulous as a chicken.

Also, he’s not running for another term in Congress.

Well. Seventy is a bit young for a politician. I wonder if he hears the incoming whistle of dropping shoe.

Dude has had nothing but political jobs of one kind or another his whole life, but his personal fortune is getting on for $5M? Hm. Between that and his longtime partner heading up Fannie (or was it Freddie?) the years it injected the poison into our financial system…maybe he sees Congressional financial reform on the horizon and wants no part of it.

I have another theory, if you’ll permit me a moment of conspiracy nuttery. What if he didn’t win the last election (maybe more than one)? What if the crooked party apparatus is starting to creak under the strain of cheating him back into office time after time?

Remember, when he won last time, he gave a victory speech as bitter and angry as any concession speech. For no obvious reason.

I have never understood why the blue-collar union Manly Men who make up the Democrats in his district would turn out to vote, time after time, for a corrupt, nasty, toothless old queen.

Perhaps they didn’t.

Comments


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 28, 2011, 5:42 pm

No discussion of Frank is complete without mentioning Steven Gobie — aka Hot Bottom — who was running a gay prostitution service out of Barney’s Congressional apartment in the…Eighties, I think. He was censured for that, though Congress bought the notion they were “just friends.”


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 28, 2011, 5:56 pm

His colleagues consistently uprate him for being funny, but I suspect it’s because he is savagely rude to the press. If you’re a Congresscritter, that’s probably an automatic knee-slapper.


Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: November 28, 2011, 6:16 pm

Dancing in the aisles here in MA-4!


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 28, 2011, 6:21 pm

Just heard this on the radio and damn near wrecked the car ’cause I was dancing with joy. Of course that wouldbe small ‘taters compared to this bastard’s role in wrecking the economy. Why does the press never report that W wanted to clean up Fannie and Freddie back when times were good and we could have had an (economic) soft landing and this brothel keeper said no and stopped it?

Hope he and Teddy end up in the same part of Hell. Just sayin’


Comment from Randy Rager
Time: November 28, 2011, 6:30 pm

Read somewhere that someone connected to him was whining about him being unable to win in the re-drawn district.

What a fucking pussy.

I’m not one for conspiracy theory, S. Weasel, but yours definitely appeals to my “Ordinary people can’t POSSIBLY be that damned stupid, CAN they?!?” urge.


Comment from steve
Time: November 28, 2011, 6:44 pm

All I have to say about this is:

Sean Bielat, (R) MA-4


Comment from steve
Time: November 28, 2011, 6:51 pm

@ Randy Rager:

Now that the stockpile of pre-marked “Barney Frank” ballots are officially past their expiration date….

That “more fair” election that the Dems in Massachusetts fear so much, is just about to occur!

And I cannot help but reflect on the last minute need that Barney had to pledge $750,000, or so, of his own money to his campaign to hurl his campaign across the finish line….and he won by a fair amount, as I recall…..around 20%.

Which makes that last minute pledge seem a lot more like a requirement for payola than any need to get lawn signs and direct mail campaigns jump started….


Comment from Dennis
Time: November 28, 2011, 7:05 pm

What’s really happening is his District is being re-districted(?) out of existance and he’s too old to sell his old wrinkled prancing self to a bunch of strangers. That and he’s probably 2 steps ahead of several indictments


Comment from steve
Time: November 28, 2011, 7:15 pm

His district, just like a bundle of MA districts, had been Gerrymandered to fit…. (The term “Gerrymander” was coined in Massachusetts….where else?)

And when the re-districting came around, it was John Olver who “lost” his district…but bundles of other folks were forced to accept some more conservative enclaves within their newly gerrymandered borders….

Barney’s was one such district….

The 6th District (Johnny “Pockets” Tierney’s district) is another that has been on the receiving end of sme more conservative voters….

I did get the decided impression, however, that Barney found retail politics (ie. the actual requirement that you get out there and actively campaign for re-election) to be a decidedly unplesant experience for a man… …err…. an individual, of his delicate breeding.


Comment from mojo
Time: November 28, 2011, 8:26 pm

Another one bites the dust. Or, in Barney’s case, gums…


Comment from 16920502
Time: November 28, 2011, 8:39 pm

“Between that and his longtime partner heading up Fannie (or was it Freddie?) the years it injected the poison into our financial system…”

No comment.


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 28, 2011, 9:05 pm

My take on it. If I may [and if I may not, Stoatie, just delete this post] I am going to quote part of a longer piece I did elsewhere:

3. yet, he is bailing, based on announced redistricting factors that are false.

4. thus we are reduced to the initial 3 factors of force majeure.

5. there is no way that he is not going to be re-elected. This is, after all, the Peoples’ Republic of Mass. Further, there is not any indication that he has any terminal illness; although that may change later. Being a not-nice person, I am hoping for something lingering and painful; and a sudden personal revelation that there is an umbribable Deity that he has to account to would be a bonus.

6. that leaves the possibility of an indictment that cannot be dodged. Factors: a) Breitbart, I understand, has announced that he is going to release “something big” on December 4. b) if electoral politics are in fact operative in 2012 [Democrats have been indicating the other possibility]; it is pretty sure that the Republican majority in the House will increase and that the Senate majority will switch to the Republicans. That later point may [not definite because much of the Institutional Republican Party are Vichy-ite collaborators with the Democrats] indicate that the Democrats in the Senate will not be able to stall investigations of the thefts and corruption for the last few decades. Such would not be conducive to a long and quiet retirement. c) not being in office makes it easier to take himself, his ill gotten gains, and his boy-toy of the moment out of US jurisdiction.

This is well worth watching.

Subotai Bahadur


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 28, 2011, 9:27 pm

I hear that he’s retiring because he was offered a new assistant coaching job at Penn State…..


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 28, 2011, 10:01 pm

I hope you’re right, Subotai, and the arm of Congressional investigation is long…


Comment from MIke C.
Time: November 28, 2011, 10:15 pm

He’s not going to be prosecuted for one damned thing.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 28, 2011, 10:24 pm

No. I know, Mike.


Comment from Oldcat
Time: November 28, 2011, 11:28 pm

Rats deserting a sinking ship.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 29, 2011, 12:01 am

With the loss of Kennedy and Frank and so many of their generation, it’s going to pull the center of American politics way, way rightwards. Even if the Dems keep the same or near number of seats, they’ll never be able to recruit electable lefties as rabid as those leaving.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 29, 2011, 12:30 am

Something about Massachusetts is definitely wrong, look at who they put in congress over and over again.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 29, 2011, 1:03 am

I hope you’re right about losing these wretched, corrupt anchors of the left from congress, but I’m just not confident.


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Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 29, 2011, 3:11 am

One has to wonder at what point the Democratic Party will begin to rupture. The Republicans have begun an internal split with the Tea Party.Surely the Democrats will face something similar -

How long can the white blue collar worker taxpayer continue to co-exist with the minority welfare receipt? How long can the Black social conservatives et al co-exist with the gay liberation front et al?

As long as the old famous faces were around this old folks voted straight Dem - Teddy’s brother was a saint ya know till they shot him but will they turn out for some new kid?

When Harry Reid loses control of the senate will the powers be so interested in saving him again?

One can only hope that some of these conflicts will start to play out.

I believe that the American public has gotten rather tired of old-time-politics. Obama and friends misread the meaning of the election. It wasn’t a vote -for- liberalism: it was a vote against business as usual. The same in the 2010 elections. The politicians have had two warnings from the people. Will they listen?


Comment from beasn
Time: November 29, 2011, 5:37 am

Will they listen?

No, they don’t care. As long as their are pockets to pick…..

which brings me to my theory…ain’t no mo’ money to pick, time for ticks to jump off their dead host. So what does this PoS know about the coming DoOM, that we don’t know?


Comment from Oh Hell
Time: November 29, 2011, 5:37 am

They never listen. The common people may have to “go Ceaușescu” before they pay attention. I hope it doesn’t come to that.


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 29, 2011, 7:05 am

Some Vegetable: …W wanted to clean up Fannie and Freddie … and this brothel keeper said no and stopped it?

With the complicity of Republicans Denny Hastert and Mike Oxley.

In 2004, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) started a probe into Fannie Mae’s accounting with his House subcommittee. Then-Speaker Hastert pulled jurisdiction from Stearns’ subcommittee and gave it to the Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Mike Oxley (R-OH).

Oxley was supposed to be a reformer (co-author of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to tighten corporate accounting and reporting). But Oxley was also a major recipient of campaign funds from Fannie Mae; Fannie Mae execs organized 19 fundraisers for him. Also, Frank was the ranking Democrat on the Committee. Between them, Stearns’ probe quickly died.

So the cover-up was bipartisan.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 29, 2011, 3:06 pm

So the cover-up was bipartisen… sigh. Excuse me, I have to go sharpen my pitchfork.


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: November 29, 2011, 6:02 pm

No teeth? Oooo, I didn’t need to know that.


Comment from Andy
Time: November 30, 2011, 4:17 am

>> I have never understood why the blue-collar union Manly Men who make up the Democrats in his district would turn out to vote, time after time, for a corrupt, nasty, toothless old queen.

As a resident of MA-4, neither do I.


Comment from Paul in BarneyFrankistan
Time: December 2, 2011, 9:31 pm

Skeptic & I both live in the district (He’s in Sharon, and I’m in Brookline) which gives you a hint of the Gerrymandering involved.

The new district lines drop New Bedford, which provided most of Barney’s victory margin in 2010, and added a good chunk of Scott Brown’s old state legislative district. The redrawn district voted for Scott Brown by 10%. Since Barney only beat Sean Bielat, running in his first election, by a bit over 10 % last time, the handwriting was on the wall.

Barney’s has been whining about the “unfair” new district lines in the local media. If Sean runs again, he has a pretty good shot. All his volunteers are still around, and we all learned from our last attempt.

Besides, I still have my “Bielat for Congress” yard sign.


Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: December 4, 2011, 9:26 pm

I may have found evidence of some choppers on Barney Frank. Lowers, at least. In the side-bar pic here:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/hendrikhertzberg/2011/11/barney-bolts-nation-mourns.html


Comment from Bill (the .00003% of your traffic from Af-Stan) T
Time: December 9, 2011, 6:38 pm

I have never understood why the blue-collar union Manly Men who make up the Democrats in his district would turn out to vote, time after time, for a corrupt, nasty, toothless old queen.

They did it for the same reason they kept sending Teddy the K back — to keep them away from their kids.

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