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.
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!