Well, there is at least one sad aspect of Barney Frank’s upcoming retirement. We won’t have the unhappy Massachusetts Democrat to kick around any more. This guy is so ripe for ridicule. It has been a lot of fun mocking his various statements, not to mention his juvenile reaction to the type of questions Republican politicians face on a daily basis.
“From his relatively petty transgressions related to his personal life,” write the editors of the National Review,
to his more consequential role in enabling Fannie and Freddie, Representative Frank personifies a great deal of what is wrong with American public life. Though a highly intelligent man, he made the wrong decisions at every turn, and compounded his policy errors with the petty and vindictive style of his politics.
Barney is, in short, an embarrassment. Now, I’m sure that if I scanned the various gay blogs, I would read numerous encomia to this prominent politician. Indeed, I received one such e-mail yesterday from a gay organization.
Instead of celebrating his career and lamenting his retirement, gay people should be cheering his departure. Simply put, Barney is not a good role model for our community. We should not want such a mean-spirited, petty man, wrong about so much, unwilling to admit his mistakes, childish in victory as a face of gay America. That he will no longer be the most prominent gay politician is a good thing for gay America, a very good thing indeed.
UPDATE: Indeed, even today, Barney demonstrates his juvenile inability to handle the type of questions Republicans face on a daily basis. In the Washington Examiner, Charlie Spiering reports that the retiring Democrat “lashed out against the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie this morning for asking ‘negative questions’ during an interview about his recent retirement announcement.” (Read the whole thing — and watch the video.)
Interesting that Barney only gets tough questions from the MSM after he has announced his retirement.
This is the guy the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn once dubbed a “Minority Wit“?