As I pondered Barney Frank’s accusation that John McCain was appealing to anti-gay prejudice when he brought up the Masachusetts Democrat’s recent proposals to raise taxes and slash defense spending, I was struck at how quick he was to smear Republicans.
Instead of taking issue with McCain’s arguments, perhaps defending the merits of his proposed tax increases or showing how a drastic cut in national defense wouldn’t impact national security, he immediately jumped to the conclusion that a Republican would only bring him up to play into anti-gay sentiments.
Does he believe his statements are not worthy of criticism?Â Is he incapable of recognizing that conservatives might object to his ideas?Â Why does he assume that a Republican who criticizes him does so because of prejudice?
I mean, he equates McCain’s criticism of him with “past Republican efforts to raise voter concerns about the prospect of congressmen Charles Rangel and John Conyers, who are black, becoming committee chairs.“Â Um, Barney, both men come from the extreme left of your party, with the latter having “a mock impeachment inquiry over the Iraq war” (before he chaired the House Judiciary Committee) with a host of left-wing conspiracy theorists.
It seems Barney harbors similar conspiracy theories about Republicans, given the assumptions he makes about us.Â Call it his partisan prejudice.Â It’s a sad day for America when a politician so prominent and so smart harbors such prejudices about the opposing party.Â He ignores our ideas and assumes our animus.