By: Amy Lutz
Dr. Seuss once said, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." In regards to Barney Frank's soon-to-be-over career, I wish I could reverse that statement. I'd certainly be more apt to celebrating his departure and mourning the existence of his congressional tenure. However, every cloud has a silver lining, right? Even the dark cumulonimbus that is Mr. Frank's career can't cover up a few rays of light. He certainly gave us a few things to laugh about along the way. In memorial of Barney Frank's dissapating political career, let us look fondly upon his greatest hits. Or we can at least breathe a sigh of relief that Frank's opportunites to be in the media spotlight are increasingly growing scarce.
1.) "It is, of course, further indication that a fundamentalist right has really taken over much of the Republican Party, People might cite George Bush as proof that you can be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education."
What effects might those be, Mr. Frank? Are you perhaps claiming that President Bush was impervious to the liberal indoctrination inherent in higher education? If so, score 1 for our 43rd president.
2.) "The left and the right live in parallel universes. The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the Internet and they just reinforce one another. They have no sense of reality. I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet."
Problem Solved. Enough said.
3.) "They appear to have become so attached to their outrage that they are even more outraged that they won't be able to be outraged anymore."
He's talking about Occupy Wall Street, right? Oh wait, he was referring to Republicans. Darn, I thought Barney and I actually agreed on something.
4.) "This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to the system and it's expensive to boot." (in reference to a 1986 anti-drug legislation vote)
Again, had Barney Frank made this statement about...oh I don't know...TARP, the Stimulus Package, Obama's Jobs Bill, I'd probably have a Frank bumper sticker on my car (ok, maybe I woudn't go that far). Alas, he did not make that statement as such. Oh well, a girl can dream.
5.) "On what planet do you spend most of your time?" (to a critic at a town hall event)
Since when does political disagreement imply alien origin? Thomas Jefferson claimed that we should "question with boldness;" thus, I cannot agree that criticizing a politician is somehow inhumane. I don't know what planet Barney Frank is from, but it sure isn't Earth.
6.) "I don't begrudge Ronald Reagan an occasional nap. We must understand it's not the dozing off of Ronald Reagan that causes us problems. It's what he does on those moments when he's awake."
Funny, I was going to say the same thing about Barney Frank.
7.) "Asking the White House to support more government intervention was "like asking me to judge the Miss America contest -- if your heart's not in it, you don't do a very good job."
Wait...the Obama Administration and excessive government intervention are not compatible? Now I'm really sure Barney Frank's from another planet.
8.) You wanna talk about character?
Not many people can boast having a brothel in their basement.
9.) Frank claimed that Republicans should be embarassed for their record on Fannie and Freddie.
This coming from a guy who received $40,000 in campaign donations from Fannie Mae, the 5th largest recipient in the house. I've finally located Barney Frank's planetary origin: Planet HYPOCRISY.
10.) Finally, how could we forget this "wind-breaking" moment from the soon-to-be-retired Congressmen? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73CzXJsIatk
And with that, I bid thee farewell Congressmen Frank.