Why Barney Frank Can Stick His ‘Republicans With Hurt Feelings’ Remark

Yesterday, just before the House vote on the $700 billion bailout, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered a speech in which she essentially called Republicans corrupt and stupid, laid the entire blame for the financial disaster at Bush’s and Republicans’ feet, and told Republicans that they would get all the blame and Democrats would take all the credit.  And then she asked Republicans to join her in a bipartisan vote.

In an outcome that was apparently astonishing only to Democrats, Pelosi’s ridiculously partisan approach backfired.

If Nancy Pelosi were a homeless bag lady (one can only dream), her marketing approach would be to slap you in the face, call you a stupid pig, and then ask you for money.

Democrats, partisan ideologues to the core as they are, simply could not admit that “Madam Speaker” said anything that was in any way inappropriate.  Barney Frank said:

“We don’t believe they had the votes and I think they are covering up the embarrassment of not having the votes. But think about this: somebody hurt my feelings so I will punish the country. I mean that’s hardly plausible. And there were twelve Republicans who were ready to stand up for the economic interest of America but not if anybody insulted them. I’ll make an offer: Give me those twelve people’s names and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them and tell them what wonderful people they are, and maybe they’ll now think about the country.”

Well, let me just say this:they were 12 votes away from passing this thing, and if there actually were 12 Republicans who WOULD have voted for it if Nancy Pelosi hadn’t opened her big damn mouth – and passing the bill really was a really such a vital thing for the country – then maybe, just maybe, Nancy Pelosi shouldn’t have opened her big damn mouth.  Maybe a good leader doesn’t attack the people she needs to come through for her right before a huge vote.  I’m just sayin’.

But there’s something else.  It turns out that 12 Democrats on Barney Frank’s own Housing Financial Services Committee – of which he is chairman – voted against the bill he chided Republicans for voting against.  So I have an idea: maybe, just maybe, if Barney Frank had spent less time being a fat, arrogant, condescending, smarmy-mouthed little pervert ridiculing 12 Republicans after the vote; and more time getting his own damn Democrats on his own damn committee in order before the vote, he would have got his bill passed.

So if someone brings up the “Republicans with hurt feelings” retort, all you need to do – after pointing out the fact that Nancy Pelosi is the worst Speaker in history for smack talking Republicans immediately before a vote she wanted when she knew she needed heavy Republican support – you just bring it back home to Barney Frank and the fact that he really needs to shut his fat mouth about any lack of 12 votes.

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4 Responses to “Why Barney Frank Can Stick His ‘Republicans With Hurt Feelings’ Remark”

  1. Old Stupid GA Admirer Says:

    Michael you are my star for ever. I love a good laugh and you gave me one. Well, it turned into a roaring attack of a laugh. I was shaking through my whole old body and had to wipe my eyes six times. “Wish I wrote that” I believe to be the words used by a famous writer on reading a masterpiece by a contemporary. Well, I ditto that. I have learned I have the ability to visualize [I can’t create things but I can form and see pictures in my mind’s eye] and I saw “little Barney” reading your piece. Poor sod; he will never get over it and will hate your guts for the rest of his life and yours. I see a picture of him sitting there and saying to himself: “Now how in hell did I mix up the wrong twelve guys?” Well done! In blue letters so our friend Mark who quoted David Letterman can read it too. You are quite something. Wow! You need to start a cartoon section in your Blog. I love cartoons and “little Barney” [how I like that description?] will make such a nice one. I can see it clearly in my mind’s eye but I can’t draw a matchstick figure to save my life. Once more, well done!

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Sometimes you’re funniest when you aren’t trying to be. I’m seeing red over this unrelenting attack by the very people who caused this disaster against the people who tried to stop it. You can blame Republicans to the extent that they weren’t more tough about reigning in Democrat excesses that caused this disaster.

    But I like to make friends laugh, be it inadvertently or otherwise.

    The thing that sets me off more than anything is hypocrisy, and little Barney and Nancy are rank hypocrites of the most loathsome form.

  3. Mac Says:

    Whoa! I think you were as pissed at me about Pelosi and her progressive pig pen blaming republicans for the bailout bill failure. Never mind the fact that over 40 percent of her own little piggies failed to rally around the liberal hog trough.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    I’m not mad at the 40% of Democrats who voted against the House bill, any more than I’m mad at the 66% of Republicans who voted against it. What I WAS mad at was Nancy Pelosi playing hard core partisan politics, and then having Barney Frank come out and talk smack about how important the vote – that Pelosi had just poisoned with her partisanship – was so important to the country. If it’s important, and if it needed to be bipartisan, then don’t make the single issue hard-core partisanship. Pelosi displayed her incompetence.

    Everybody fixated on the 777 point DOW drop on Monday; everybody ignored the 485 point recovery the next day – with the bailout having failed. And a lot of people don’t realize that 300 of those 777 points that dropped had done so prior to the vote.

    I just wish we’d take a breath and spend more time trying to do the right thing. I AM glad that the Senate version passed in a truly bipartisan fashion.

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