Reading about Barney Frank’s grandstanding on the AIG bonuses, then later about his hectoring AIG president Edward Liddy, I realized that he was using his power as Chairman of a congressional committee to bully corporate executives to score political points.Â This behavior is entirely consistent with his manner in addressing ideological adversaries, demonize them so as to more readily dismiss their arguments.
Why is it that someone as smart as this Massachusetts Democrat would resort to this level of argument?Â Why does he refuse to take issue with their arguments, preferring instead to insult their persons?Â I mean, it’s highly likely that he, perhaps due, in some degree, to his intelligence, was a victim of similar behavior, bullying, on elementary and middle school playgrounds?
As I wrote nearly three weeks ago, describing Bush/Rush hatred as a kind of “Revenge of the Liberal Nerds.”Â Like Barney, the Bush-haters
. . . were themselves not the popular kids.Â They were more likely to be the geeky kids whom the popular kids (the cool crowd) picked on.Â And they so hated George W. Bush because he reminded them of the guys who seemed to glide through high school socially while they struggled.
Similarly, Barney bullies corporate executives and conservatives.Â Perhaps, he’s not doing to wreak revenge.Â Perhaps, he just needs to vent his inner demons.Â But, whatever he’s doing, it’s clear, Barney Frank, by dint of the way he has exercised his power as a chairman of a congressional committee, has become a bully.
And the mainstream lets him get away with it.Â Indeed, they continue to applaud his actions.Â And maybe that’s why he continues to bully.