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Barney Frank’s Partisan Prejudice

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?  Is he incapable of recognizing that conservatives might object to his ideas?  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.“  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.  Call it his partisan prejudice.  It’s a sad day for America when a politician so prominent and so smart harbors such prejudices about the opposing party.  He ignores our ideas and assumes our animus.



  1. Your give Barney Frank too much credit.

    His playing of the “gay card” is a cynical attempt to deflect criticism, nothing more.

    Comment by Dave — October 30, 2008 @ 7:16 pm - October 30, 2008

  2. I left Massachusetts at 17 never to return to live basically because of its shrieky politics. I have never liked Barney Frank because he whines against conservatism and anything he does not like and, as is apparent to the news-watching world, has pushed some very bad legislation which shakes the very core of world finances. And my 401(k).

    I doubt McCain would ever slur anyone: it is not his style. He may cringe if he thinks of the mechanics of gay sex, but I’m sure he has respect for those who are respectable.

    Even my little gay nephew, who was raised in his district and raised to believe that Frank is wonderful, saw right through it all as soon as he started college, where he went from a nominal leftie to a fiscal conservative in one year. Ain’t education grand?

    Barney, hardly anyone dislikes you because you’re gay. I dislike you because you’re gay and make me look bad by association.

    Comment by Leonidas — October 30, 2008 @ 10:03 pm - October 30, 2008

  3. but I’m sure he has respect for those who are respectable.

    Reminds me of some of GPW’s (Dan) posts within the last few months. He can provide the links if you ask nicely.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 31, 2008 @ 3:11 am - October 31, 2008

  4. This blog is way, way too concerned with Barney Frank. He doesn’t represent me literally, figuratively, or metaphysically in any sense. I can’t stand it when members of a group take credit when someone with whom they share a tentative, unimportant connection (gender, sexuality, race, etc.) achieves something admirable or when they are embarrassed at the opposite. Such thinking is barnyard politics and will likely get Obama elected. I may sense some shame that Frank is considered an intelligent human being, but his sexuality gives him no claim on my time or energy beyond this comment.

    Comment by Ignatius — October 31, 2008 @ 4:50 pm - October 31, 2008

  5. Barney Frank reminds me of my old high school: Every time some punk was nabbed for vandalism or robbery or assault, he would immediately cry “racism!”

    Comment by pst314 — November 1, 2008 @ 2:05 pm - November 1, 2008

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