Barney Frank Has a Way With Words

December marks Barney Frank’s last full month in Congress, ending his 32-year run as the counterpunching champ. Here are a few of his greatest verbal hits.

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Barney Frank photo by the World Economic Forum/Flickr

1986: “I’m afraid this bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to our system, and it’s expensive to boot.”

On voting against a $6 billion anti-drug bill

1996: “I’m used to being in the minority. Hey, I’m a left-handed gay Jew. I’ve never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.”

In a New York Times interview

2004: “Moderate Republicans are reverse Houdinis. They tie themselves up in knots and then tell you they can’t do anything because they’re tied up in knots.”

Commenting on Roe v. Wade in the Washington Post

2009: “Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to have an argument with a dining room table—I have no interest in doing it.”

Handling a heckler in a town-hall meeting

2012: “I’m…inclined to think they’re called the Log Cabin Club because their role model is Uncle Tom.”

Speaking about LGBT Republicans

  • agingcynic

    In 32 years, I would expect some bon mots from anyone articulate enough to make it to Congress. If he had been a Republican and done the same damage to the economy and its crucial housing segment, would we still be engaging in the valedictories? (Rhetorical question. “Some animals are more equal than others”.)

  • libertyfreedom

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    Frank’s only regret is that he didn’t rip off enough from middle-class taxpayers.
    Frank’s philosophy is from the “we’ll get ours” school of thought.
    There is nothing warm and fuzzy about a crooked Marxist who created the real estate housing mess and whose goal was to disenfranchise the American middle class.
    He used the letter of the law to fast-forward banking foreclosures. And now he is hiding behind the letter of the law to save his own skin and obscure how he has profited.
    Massachusetts voters are sick of the Champagne Socialism Frank represents. As a representative, Frank refers to his constituents as “nobodies” who are “pieces of furniture.”
    The twelve million Americans who are facing foreclosure want to know when Frank is going to be convicted.
    If Frank had the guts to visit the people whose homes he has put into foreclosure, they would SPIT on him.