I have long believe that the unhappy Barney Frank could lose his seat this fall.
And now others are drawing attention to his (possible) electoral woes. You gotta wonder when one of the most mean-spirited, self-righteous members of Congress starts acting nice as Margery Eagan reports:
Here’s how I know that Barney Frank’s re-election race is tighter than he’d like.
Yesterday I asked him some questions. I was bracing to get hammered by his reply.
This time, though, he didn’t tell me I was asking something dumb. He didn’t get mad. He didn’t lecture me on what I should be asking instead.
What’s up? My guess: Barney’s on good behavior because the country’s angry. Lots of voters in his typically adoring 4th District are angry too.
So, Barney can no longer act like a two-year-old and storm off the set when someone ask him a tough question.
And note how the 15-term Congressman normally responds to his critics–by talking down to them, as if he gets to tell reporters how to cover him because he’s so smart and so important and has served so long in Congress and even, golly gee whiz, chairs a committee.
Barney’s no longer lecturing. Guess he knows the mood of the country is going against him. And people in his district are considering other options than being served by the man who has represented them in Congress since the dying days of the Carter Administration.