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Barney Can Dish it Out, but he Just Can’t Take It

Whenever he can, the unhappy Barney Frank attacks his political adversaries, accusing them of blaming black people, hating gays and having psychological disorders. But, so used is this career politician to fawning attention from the media that he just doesn’t know how to respond when he faces tough questions.

But, I thought, he seems to whine, only Republicans get tough questions. They should get tough questions because they’re meanies.  But, I’m so smart and I’m doing good and I’m always right, so they’re not allowed to pick on me. I’m special.

In the clip below,the mean-spirited man from Massachusetts mispresents his questioner’s position, then gets all testy and ends the interview. Poor Barney, he just can’t take it.  It’s just not fair when someone tries to correct his distortions!

Can you imagine how the media would react if a Republican acted the way Barney does? He’s be subject to regular editorial excoriation.

(H/t: Instapundit.)

UPDATE:  Commenting on Barney’s adolescent behavior, Endora-Award winning blogress Tammy Bruce calls the Massachusetts Democrat “a continuing embarrassment.

UP-UPDATE:  Pundette (via Michelle) offers “Having a civil exchange of ideas isn’t something this bully is interested in.”  I agree. Barney just wants to blame right-wingers.

UP-UP-UPDATE:  Michelle calls it a “snit fit“:  “When Barney Frank doesn’t get to blubber uninterrupted on TV like he does in committee hearings and on the House floor, Barney Frank stomps off the set.”

UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Ed Morrissey wonders if this is this is the man we “want in charge of executive compensation” and adds:

Frank whines about getting cut off, but he trotted out an old Obama strawman — he accused the host, Mark Haines, of wanting to do “nothing” about the economic crisis, which isn’t at all what Haines said.  When Haines tried correcting the record, Franks (sic) played victim and whined his way off the stage.

Read the whole thing as the man formerly known as Cap’n Ed gets at the substance of the issues Barney refused to address.  Read the whole thing!



  1. “Can you imagine how the media would react if a Republican acted the way Barney does?”

    Dan, when a Republican congressman even DARES to point out something reasonable to a liberal State-Run Media newsman in a tone no higher than a normal speaking voice, they get ridiculed as being “excited.”

    Whereas overzealous anchorettes like Condessa Brewer and Chris Matthews can get as uppity as they want and nobody condemns their behavior. (“Cut the mike,” anyone?)

    And speaking of uppity – boy, talk about a drama queen! Kind of reminds me of NJ Liberal. But I digress.

    No word yet from the CNBC cameraman about how many gallons of spittle he had to remove from the lens placed in front of Ms. Fwank.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 11, 2009 @ 3:36 pm - June 11, 2009

  2. Having seen many examples now of Democrat Representative Frank doing this….namely act a fool and unhinged. When will someone suggest some kind of medication to help him interact with people, both friends and foe alike. Imagine Democrat Frank in his “unguarded moments” with hirelings or subordinates!!His disdain for the free press not of his liking, ie leftists is appaling. Now if he was a regular Congressman, without a leadership position, he can act a fool and have no one to answer to except his district. However he is a leader, and chairs high level committees and thus represents the whole country, Democrat and Republican alike. This recent embarrasment by Democrat Frank was on CNBC, the family of NBC networks that are unapoligetically pro Obama and pro leftist. I wonder if a Glenn Beck suggestion might be appropriate, Democrat Frank, use some duck tape and tape your eyes, ears and complete head to keep the top of your head from BLOWING OFF! How do you like this crew….Frank, Murtha, Biden, Pelosi, Dean, NICE. hehe

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 11, 2009 @ 4:30 pm - June 11, 2009

  3. Pathetic! Actually I’d like a lot more of that out on the airways. Can’t stand the queen, but if more people saw this – it can only help make him look more like the loser he is.

    Comment by Leah — June 11, 2009 @ 4:34 pm - June 11, 2009

  4. If per chance anyone wonders why Frank keeps getting reelected, the answer is simple, the Republican Party does NOT run anyone against Frank.
    In the 2004 election a Conservative named Chuck Morse ran against Frank as an Independent, without the support of the Republican Party. He got 22.09% of the vote, Frank got 77.74% and write-in got 0.17%. There was no Republican on the ballot.
    In the 2002 and 2006 elections the only name listed on the ballot was Barney Frank.

    Comment by The Old Man — June 11, 2009 @ 4:48 pm - June 11, 2009

  5. If I was in the leadership of the Republican Party I’d leave Democrat Frank and his like alone too. Leave them there to embarass the opposition. If his district doesn’t mind… be it. hehe

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 11, 2009 @ 4:57 pm - June 11, 2009

  6. Question, who does the best, most entertaining interviews, Democrat Frank, or Irans Ahmadinejad?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 11, 2009 @ 4:59 pm - June 11, 2009

  7. Gene in Pa.
    There is notning, I repeat, nothing that can or will embarrass the Democrat party. They are without shame.

    Comment by The Old Man — June 11, 2009 @ 5:21 pm - June 11, 2009

  8. If you really want to see what a Screaming Queen looks like, check out the vidcap from NewsBusters:

    I can just see the spittle foaming out of his pie hole…

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 11, 2009 @ 5:39 pm - June 11, 2009

  9. I’m reminded of when Hannity got Kennedy on the phone and Kennedy said he would not be interrupted. Frank must have taken some lessons from his senior Senator.

    Comment by The other Peter H — June 11, 2009 @ 5:59 pm - June 11, 2009

  10. #9 – I remember that episode. Sean was doing a live show with audience and had called Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) on her cell phone while she was in the Senate. They chatted a bit, and Sean asked her who else was in the Senate cloakroom. Kay said, “Ted Kennedy’s here – want to talk to him?” And Hannity said yes (who wouldn’t?).

    When Ted got on the phone, Sean was all nice and polite, and then asked him a question about some controversial topic (health care or something). Ted tried to deflect the question but Sean kept asking him to answer the question. Ted finally gave a really lame response and the studio audience started booing him.

    That’s when Ted lost it and said something like: “Don’t you try to fight with me, Sean! You don’t do that to me!” (You know, something really elitist like what he’d say to his butler or the leaf-blower at Hyannisport.) Then he hung up. (I would hope that he gave Kay her phone back – you know how those grubby Kennedys are.)

    If anything, it illustrated the holier-than-thou, elitist liberal mindset like nothing else. Someone needs to remind people like Fwank, Kennedy, Reid, Pelosi et al what happened to the senate in ancient Rome when the populace turned against them.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 11, 2009 @ 6:12 pm - June 11, 2009

  11. I can’t even watch videos of him anymore because he’s sooooo obnoxious! His ranting makes my skin crawl. He and Rosie O’Donnell would make a great couple!

    Comment by Annie — June 11, 2009 @ 6:25 pm - June 11, 2009

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  13. Wait a minute I remember less than a year ago when Democrat Barney Frank verbally abused the Jewish Harvard student who asked him a tough question. Remember, Barney belittled the student, refused to answer and deflected? I wonder if the recent Holocaust Memorial attacker took his lead from Democrat Frank’s anti semetic behavior?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 11, 2009 @ 9:12 pm - June 11, 2009

  14. #13 – Excellent observation, Gene. We should all blame Bawney Fwank for “inciting hatred” on those who are Jewish based upon this incident alone.

    Sputtering, weaving, dodging libtrolls in 3…2….1….

    Peter H.

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