Barney Frank does have a habit of offering an opinion on legislation and legal briefs that he hasn’t read. Even his erstwhile supporters on the left are catching on. Blogger John Aravosis reports that
After criticizing the DOJ’s anti-gay DOMA brief this morning, Frank did a 180 this evening and lauded the brief, which invoked incest and pedophilia. Frank now thinks the brief is just super.
Frank claims that he gave a newspaper reporter his negative opinion of the brief without actually having read it.
(H/t Glenn.) Emphasis added. While doubting the unhappy Congressman’s explanation, Aravosis wonders “How many other issues has Barney opined on about which he’s been knowingly willfully ignorant?” Some on the right might contend that that question defines the public pronoucements of the mean-spirited man from Massachusetts.
But, I do know of at least one time where the Democrat changed his position on an issue he once supported. Then, he claimed he was mistaken. Guess he hadn’t read the amendment for which he had already voted in favor. This past April,
Frank withdrew his support from an amendment offered by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) that would forbid groups like the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) from receiving federal grants if any of their employees have been indicted for voter fraud.
After approving the amendment by a unanimous voice vote, Frank announced Thursday he was mistaken to back the bill, and said he’d offer a substitute that would apply the amendment only to groups with employees who are actually convicted — not just indicted.
Seems Barney realized that doing the right thing might cost his party the money and other support ACORN provides.
Seems that Barney has become a lickspittle to the Democratic Adminisration. Aravosis’s latest posts show that he at least has some integrity, not falling into line with the President merely because of the (D) after his name.
If the Massachusetts Democratic Congressman really wanted to go to bat for our community. He’d defy the Administration and push for legislation repealing DOMA instead of kowtowing to the President who would rather delay consideration until it’s politically more convenient.