If it is true that some Tea Party protesters hurled anti-gay insults at the unhappy Barney Frank, then we should condemn the individuals spewing the bile. Even though Mr. Frank may himself issue much mean-spirited invective against his Republicans adversaries, accusing his Republican colleagues, in one memorable instance, of having a “psychological disorder,” it is wrong (and counterproductive) to level anti-gay attacks against him–or any gay individual for that matter.
Given Mr. Frank’s partisanship and the scorn he has expressed for conservatives and their ideas, please forgive me for remaining skeptical of his accusations. It was particularly rich yesterday when the self-righteous Massachusetts Democrat demanded that “his GOP colleagues . . . do more to ‘differentiate themselves’ from the hateful speech spewed in the healthcare debate’s final hours.” This from a man whose own staff deemed it a “useless conversation” to discuss whether or not the career politician had ever criticized anti-Bush hate speech during the previous Administration. (I called Mr. Frank’s office earlier today to ask if they had any record of such statements.)
Not one reader responded to my challenge to provide examples of his standing up for civil discourse and against anti-Bush invective during when we had a Republican in the White House. For Barney Frank and the media ever eager to echo his plaints, this is not about civil discourse, but about his favorite past time, attacking Republicans.
In Barney’s mind, only Republicans can be guilty of hate speech. That’s how this mean-spirited man can get away with demanding Republicans differentiate themselves from statements they never made while he refuses to apologize for hateful statements he actually did make.