It’s about time. A columnist at the Boston Globe (other than Jeff Jacoby) calls the unhappy Barney Frank to account for his boorish behavior:
For the last three decades, the political establishments in Boston and Washington have excused Frank’s consistently obnoxious behavior as Barney being Barney. Maybe they’ve done it because he was unique as an openly gay congressman. Maybe it was out of deference for the way he unapologetically and effectively carried the flag for the most liberal of causes. Maybe it was out of fear that he’d train his quick wit and substantial intellect against anyone who happened in his path.
The paper and either ignored or downplayed his abuses of the long-time incumbent’s congressional power:
Congressman Frank has never hesitated to use his power ruthlessly. On one occasion, he threatened bankers with summoning them before his committee and forcing them to reveal their home addresses — which would of course put their spouses and children at the mercy of any kooks that might come along.
Guess that what happens when you face an energetic challenger. To keep the spotlight on Barney’s record in Washington, support the man who’s calling this career politician to account for his mean-spirited exercise of authority.