Earlier today, when I linked Scott Ott’s satirical post, that Supreme Court Justice “Scalia Urges Patience with Barney Frank’s Heterophobia,” I did not realize that the unhappy Massachusetts Congressman called the Justice a “homophobe.” What is it with Barney that he has to label all those with whom he disagrees as bigots?
Brainy Barney may be, but narrow-minded he is as well.
Last fall, he accused conservatives of racism for linking the financial meltdown to the Community Reinvestment Act and the mismanagement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
When, on the campaign trail, then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain made an issue of the Massachusetts Democrat’s proposals to raise taxes, increase domestic spending and gut the defense budget,* Barney called the attack on his statements, “an appeal to prejudice.”
Smart as Barney is, he has shown little capacity to understand conservative ideas, smearing his ideological adversaries rather than countering their arguments.Â Is this the kind of man we want as the “most prominent openly gay politician in America”?
Now, do you have a better idea why I think he’s bad for gay people?
*Frighteningly, it seems what Barney hoped would come to pass in the Obama Administration is coming to pass.
UPDATE:Â Ed Whelan and Mark Hemingway have been having a field day with this issue at the Corner.Â Whelan called the attack “inane,” with Frank using the word, “homophobe. . . . to cut off serious discussion, not to promote it.“Â Not sure I agree with him there, but I do share his distaste for the word.Â (He, like me, would prefer a term like “anti-gay animus.”
Mark Hemingway agrees with Whelan that “the context of Frank’s remarks seems to betray his casual slander of” Justice Scalia.