Ace reminds us that the unhappy Barney Frank is running scared this year, so scared that he’s cutting the condescension and trying to make nice. But, we know that, when mean-spirited guys like Barney make nice, it’s a sign not of confidence, but of desperation:
He was unchallenged forever. And acted that way. Acerbic, nasty. Not caring what his actual constituents thought. No, freed of the need to respond to constituent wishes, he could instead cater to the national liberal audience — his real constituency, even though they don’t live in his district. . . .
Jonathan Strong reminds us that the real Barney doesn’t normally mind his manners. At a town hall meeting in August 2009, the 15-term incumbent
. . . relied on condescension for crowd control. “I’m just curious,” he said to one voter, “Do you really think that’s thoughtful conversation? Do you really think that advances your argument?”
“What’s the matter with you all?”
“What’s the matter with you all?” That’s how this career politician treats his constituents when he assumes they’re not going to vote him out?
The real question is what’s the matter with Barney? Why can’t he show a modicum of respect for his constituents and his adversaries. But, let’s not consider ourselves overmuch with Barney’s problems. Let’s support his opponent and send the unhappy Democrat packing.