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  1. No prison for him – he has Dem immunity. Let’s hope that Sean Bilat is still willing to go for the seat that was almost his in 2010.

    Comment by Leah — November 28, 2011 @ 11:04 am - November 28, 2011

  2. “Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin”

    Comment by Blair Ivey — November 28, 2011 @ 11:17 am - November 28, 2011

  3. Daniel Foster talks about it here as well, along with comments about redistricting.

    Comment by The Livewire — November 28, 2011 @ 11:22 am - November 28, 2011

  4. The old revolving door will send Frank straight into top dollar work for Goldman Sachs or as an MSNBC commentator on financial corruption sweeping the Republican middle class in the fly-over states. Or, maybe, he will be a voice for Looney Tunes and a Sesame Street puppet.

    Maybe we could have a Barney and Charlie (Rangle) show where they drive around the country in a Mercedes Van and rip off locals. They could call it “American Grifters.”

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 28, 2011 @ 11:23 am - November 28, 2011

  5. Temba, his arms wide!!!! :-)

    Comment by Eric Olsen — November 28, 2011 @ 11:25 am - November 28, 2011

  6. Frank was shocked in 2010 to have somewhat-effective opposition – at least effective enough to make Frank explain himself. Explaining himself… or accountability… who knows, maybe Frank decided he couldn’t take it?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 28, 2011 @ 11:33 am - November 28, 2011

  7. #6 – Making Frank “explain himself?” Would it sound something like this:

    “Wet me be bwunt with the Amewican people – I did not mean fow any cowwuption to be thwust upon the taxpayews. The ones who awe focusing on this awe pawt of a wight-wing conspiwacy.”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. ;-)

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — November 28, 2011 @ 11:58 am - November 28, 2011

  8. Glory Hallelujah!!!!!

    Comment by Leslie — November 28, 2011 @ 12:01 pm - November 28, 2011

  9. Does Maxine Waters take his pwace;-)

    Comment by SoCalRobert — November 28, 2011 @ 12:21 pm - November 28, 2011

  10. Barney Frank and Ted Kennedy were the architects of so much of what plagues us.

    Comment by Ryan M. — November 28, 2011 @ 12:34 pm - November 28, 2011

  11. What miserable corrupt socialist will Massachusetts inflict on us as his replacement? Who’s the crazy-eyed socialist dingbat running against Scott Brown?

    Comment by V the K — November 28, 2011 @ 12:50 pm - November 28, 2011

  12. Whenever one says “it can’t get worse”…it will. Guess who’s in line to replace Bawney Fwank on the House Financial Services Committee? Maxine Waters…who is to the left of Bawney. You’ll find her picture next to the dictionary definitionn of “bomb thrower”. If the Dems retake the House in 2012, she’ll be the Chair. God help us all.

    Comment by Mary — November 28, 2011 @ 1:15 pm - November 28, 2011

  13. Mary and all others,

    Is there a Democrat in Congress who is not a bomb throwing, thieving conniver who is lining his pockets and screwing the country?

    Please! I would like to meet just one. It would do a world of good for my faith in humanity.

    Somewhere out there, someone on this site has a Democrat congresscritter that he can kinda, sorta stand up for.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 28, 2011 @ 1:53 pm - November 28, 2011

  14. Maxine Waters…who is to the left of Bawney. You’ll find her picture next to the dictionary definitionn of “bomb thrower”. If the Dems retake the House in 2012, she’ll be the Chair. God help us all.

    Comment by Mary — November 28, 2011 @ 1:15 pm – November 28, 2011

    Not all of us – the Obamacrats, given that Maxine the Screaming Queen is still under investigation for ethics violations.

    An investigation in which Barney Fag was also hip-deep — and which is supposed to wrap up shortly.

    Coincidence? I think not.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 28, 2011 @ 2:15 pm - November 28, 2011

  15. Glenn Reynolds links to this great comment:

    “Looking at the MA Congressional Delegation – Frank, Kerry, Bill Delahunt, and Ed Markey, I’m left wondering why the people of that state hate the rest of the country so much…”

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 28, 2011 @ 2:20 pm - November 28, 2011

  16. Frank is not the only one that will be leaving. The money is all gone, they spent it, who wants to stay in an austere warshinton with no money to spend? Don’t feel bad for Barney though he has his insider investment profits and golden parachute to comfort him.

    Comment by Richard Bell — November 28, 2011 @ 2:43 pm - November 28, 2011

  17. There’s several factors in Frank’s sudden retirement:

    1) His original district is carved-up to include Conservative leaning areas within the new district.

    2) Democrats will remain the minority party for the next several election cycles; therefore, he does not want to be in the minority status again post-2012 within the House of Representatives.

    3) Frank did not want to defend Dodd-Frank in another re-election bid given it is toxic along with Obama’s other policies of ObamaCare & Porkulus.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 28, 2011 @ 3:10 pm - November 28, 2011

  18. I’m glad to see Barney Frank flush himself out of DC.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 28, 2011 @ 3:13 pm - November 28, 2011

  19. After all the damage he’s done? Now he runs his fat, crooked, a** out of Congress?? He’s leaving chaos in his wake.

    Comment by Scherie — November 28, 2011 @ 3:28 pm - November 28, 2011

  20. “Oh Happy Happy Day….”

    Not only for his private crony-capitalism while masquerading as popular socialist, but for his rather sour and mean-spirited leadership of the House Gay/Lesbian Caucus. Jared Polis will be a much better visible-spokesman on our behalf (for G/L citizens supporting either parties) to the membership of the House.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — November 28, 2011 @ 3:42 pm - November 28, 2011

  21. #5 I thought that sounded familiar. Had to go to Memory Alpha to check.

    Comment by TGC — November 28, 2011 @ 3:59 pm - November 28, 2011

  22. This just in from Nicolo Machiavelli:

    Take then, your Magnificence Bawney of Fwank, this little gift in the spirit in which I send it; wherein, if it be diligently read and considered by you, you will learn my extreme desire: Just go away.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 28, 2011 @ 4:30 pm - November 28, 2011

  23. I’m wondering if he thinks there’ll be too few Dems left in the House to protect him from an ethics investigation.

    Comment by DaveP. — November 28, 2011 @ 4:36 pm - November 28, 2011

  24. His resignation comes after the House Page program was ended.

    Coincidence? I think not.

    Comment by V the K — November 28, 2011 @ 4:51 pm - November 28, 2011

  25. He seeks to leave with his CV stamped “undefeated” before his boss’s world turns into a squirting sea of dysentery.

    Comment by perturbed — November 28, 2011 @ 5:52 pm - November 28, 2011

  26. @Sebastian: #4: He’s been in the House of Representatives for 30 years. Retirement after three decades doesn’t really need much further rationale.

    Also, because I liked it and because most others here will hate it and because I really haven’t been antagonistic enough recently:

    Barney Frank’s Best Video Moments

    A fitting tribute I think. I am having so much fun right now.

    Comment by Serenity — November 28, 2011 @ 6:28 pm - November 28, 2011

  27. This clip is a much better example of Barney Fudd’s intellectual heft.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2bUsVQYKxA

    Comment by V the K — November 28, 2011 @ 6:51 pm - November 28, 2011

  28. Barney fag is a disgrace. he is a pompous, egotistical maniac that would never admit he was ever wrong.

    Comment by davinci — November 28, 2011 @ 7:14 pm - November 28, 2011

  29. a pompous, egotistical maniac that would never admit he was ever wrong

    i.e. a liberal.

    Comment by V the K — November 28, 2011 @ 7:18 pm - November 28, 2011

  30. he is a pompous, egotistical maniac that would never admit he was ever wrong.

    Call Harmony.com, I see a perfect match for Pomposity.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 28, 2011 @ 7:27 pm - November 28, 2011

  31. I’m glad to see him go – finally. I hope there will be more old timers like him on both sides that are given the boot next year if they don’t decide to leave on their own before next November. The folks at Freddie & Fannie are no doubt in mourning at the news. Perhaps someone can refresh my memory but the only good thing I can recall him doing is helping to push DADT repeal. I’m grateful for whatever help he gave in that, but that mission has been accomplished and the rest of his record is more than enough to give him the ol’ heave-ho. Bye-bye Barnie.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — November 28, 2011 @ 10:08 pm - November 28, 2011

  32. One possible replacement for Elmer Fudd would be Curt Schilling — considering a plunge into Massachussetts politics, I’m told. As a rabid Diamondbacks fan from Day One, I would love to see that. Not just because he won us a World Series, either. He’s a Republican, and seems to have some good ideas.

    Comment by Lori Heine — November 29, 2011 @ 1:10 am - November 29, 2011

  33. ICYMI (I did): Bo Smedley asked Rush if Barney was going to coach football.

    BOOSH!!

    Comment by TGC — November 29, 2011 @ 2:22 am - November 29, 2011

  34. Supposed to be “Snerdley”. Freaking auto-correcting mobile keyboard.

    Comment by TGC — November 29, 2011 @ 2:25 am - November 29, 2011

  35. Why does your Keyboard have “Smedley” memorized?

    He can be a ref at this year’s Kiddie bowl. Being played by Penn State and Syracuse, sponsored by NAMBLA.

    Comment by The Livewire — November 29, 2011 @ 7:42 am - November 29, 2011

  36. I do bet he worried if the 55% he got last election (lowest he ever got) was going to offset the new more conservative areas he would have had to convince (or scrape up fake vote from) to get elected yet again. This allows there to be no fight for the seat in party as well because they lost one.
    Good riddance to that moron.

    Comment by JP — November 29, 2011 @ 9:54 am - November 29, 2011

  37. Good riddance to bad rubbage, as my mother used to say.

    Comment by DottieLaird — November 30, 2011 @ 1:38 pm - November 30, 2011

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