Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

I am relieved to hear that some on our side of the aisle in Congress are finding their spine. Kudos to Congressman Barney Frank for telling it as it is. From The Hill:

President Barack Obama's post-partisan campaign theme has only emboldened the GOP's opposition to his agenda, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said on Sunday.

Frank's rejection of bipartisanship comes at a time when many congressional liberals are calling on Democratic leaders to pass healthcare reform by a party line vote. Frank's comments are one of the few to directly take on the president.

Frank, speaking at the Oakland County (Mich.) Democratic Party Dinner, said that Democrats could not count on Republicans to support healthcare reform and new financial regulations as a result of "extreme conservatives'" opposition to the president.

"Knowing how far right the Republican Party has become, when Obama said he was going to be post-partisan president, I got post-partisan depression," Frank said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "That would empower a group of extreme conservatives and it's simply not possible to work with them on major public policy."

Bi-partisanship for the sake of bi-partisanship is simply bad politics. I'd rather lose an election based on my principles than compromise on policy to placate those who can't be placated to begin with. Stop placating the GOP and start placating the American people.

Tags: Congressman Barney Frank, conservative, GOP, Post-Partisan (all tags)

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27 Comments

Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

Barney Frank has no credibility...so its irrelevant what he says..

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-05 05:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

Ha!  What?  Please explain.

by lojasmo 2009-10-06 03:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

When Barney sat in a congressional hearing just months before the financial meltdown and insisted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in excellent financial footing and there was nothing at all to be concerned about, he lost any shred of credibility...

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-06 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

Link, or you're talking about 2003, which is, technically, "just months" but more specifically, many years.

by lojasmo 2009-10-06 07:44AM | 0 recs
2003 was just months before 2008?

Must be Republican math.

by DTOzone 2009-10-06 08:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

You may or may not be a Republican, but I do believe in the truth over spin, so you seem to be partially correct on prior financial views by Frank.

"These two entities--Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--are not facing any kind of financial crisis," said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/sam-dealey/2 008/09/10/barney-franks-fannie-and-fredd ie-muddle.html

You are wrong about the time frame. It was years rather than months. It also does not mean he is wrong here. Indeed, he is right.

by bruh3 2009-10-06 08:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

From the Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12209179 6187012529.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Are you so blinded by some bizarre loyalty to party over country that you can ignore the fact that Frank was ddead wrong on the entire matter?

As for the comments from others about my criticism indicating I am a republican...once agin, dissension isnt allowed here. Anyone who seems to take a democratic to task is attacked.....frankly I dont give a shit.....I am not blinded by party...

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-06 10:06AM | 0 recs
No

you can't take what someone said in 2003 and hold them against it five years later.

As far as you dissent, dissent all you want, but don't call yourself a Democrat when you're spewing GOP talking points.

by DTOzone 2009-10-06 10:26AM | 0 recs
Re: No

Are you kidding....for years he said everythign was fine, its all overblown and than it blew up.....so by your logic......I am not as ignorant as that...sorry.....call my comments GOP talking points , dont give a crap, I call truth where I see it....

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-06 10:34AM | 0 recs
Maybe you should be voting Republican then

by DTOzone 2009-10-06 12:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Maybe you should be voting Republican then

Fact is I vote for candidates, not parties.....

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-06 02:30PM | 0 recs
then you're voting for the wrong candidates

by DTOzone 2009-10-06 04:56PM | 0 recs
Re: then you're voting for the wrong candidates

If your voting for a candidate strictly due to their party affiliation than your doing yourself and the country a disservice. You vote for the best candidate, one whose values and goals match what are best for the community at large.....not the party

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-07 04:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

I like the casual accusation of treason implicit in the phrase "party over country" - as if, somehow, the interests of the United States hinge on whether some guy on a blog agrees that Barney Frank was wrong about Fannie and Freddie.

Regardless, even if we stipulate that Frank was dead wrong about Fannie and Freddie, it hardly makes sense to say that he has "no credibility" about anything whatsoever.  You might think twice about adopting that standard unless you have never been wrong about anything in your life.

by Steve M 2009-10-06 12:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

The difference is I admit to my mistakes....when did Frank ever admit he was dead wrong? Barney Franks only interest is self interest. He is typical of the rest of his ilk in congress on both sides, talking out of both sides of their mouth to do whatever it takes to get relected.....There is a reason we need term limits. Virtual lifetime service in congress doesnt work....these people are completely out of touch with americans...

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-06 02:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

Oh, please, you are discussing politicians. You can not even get Chenney to admit Iraq was a mistake. When did people become so naive about politicians?

by bruh3 2009-10-06 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

I dont let any of em off the hook....which is why I dotn vote for someone when they repeatedly lie or screw up.....term limits......thats what we need......limit Senators to 2 terms and Congressman to 4........than they go home....

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-06 04:05PM | 0 recs
and what

be replaced by their chosen successors? Because that's what happens where there IS term limits.

by DTOzone 2009-10-06 04:54PM | 0 recs
At a committee hearing early this year

Frank admitted that "we didn't see this coming"

by DTOzone 2009-10-06 04:53PM | 0 recs
Actually, the actual quote

was something like "We dropped the ball on this" but I guess you missed that.

by DTOzone 2009-10-06 04:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

If I were a blind partisan, I would not have written that you were partially correct. Perhaps the problem is not me with regard to being partisan.  There are a plenty of plutocrats including to some degree Frank is both parties so I am not particularly partisan about  who they are.

by bruh3 2009-10-06 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

By the way, just to follow up, I must repeat that his mistake in making that statement then does not mean he is wrong now. In fact, the opposite is true. That he understands that bipartisanship here is being use to rationalize the status quo of corporate interests in DC. It is ironic to see you use a quote wherein he was wrongly defending those corporate interest as an excuse to claim that he is wrong that reform in necessary now. If he was wrong then about the need for reform, then how can he be wrong now about the need for reform since he has reversed position.

by bruh3 2009-10-06 01:45PM | 0 recs
High time

Now if only the President gets the memo.

by tarheel74 2009-10-05 06:08PM | 0 recs
Re: High time

A memo to what end? Let's say we end bipartianship? Does that end either the plutocrats or the neoliberals that are inside the party ?

by bruh3 2009-10-05 06:25PM | 0 recs
Wow

two comments, couldn't be any further away from each other.

by DTOzone 2009-10-05 06:13PM | 0 recs
Please read this from Minnesota's fightin' fourth

http://mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/41 55/historically-bipartisan-bills-are-bad

Betty McCollum not only abandons the bipartisan B.S. but she points out where it has been horrible!

by alectimmerman 2009-10-06 04:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression

It is odd that it would take a Barney Frank to expose the obvious, but that is what he has been doing for decades. Getting the White House to listen may be something else again.

by MainStreet 2009-10-06 05:05AM | 0 recs

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