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Barney Frank’s best YouTube moments

By Ezra Klein,

We can say two things about Congress in the wake of the news that Rep. Barney Frank is retiring after this term: It’s about to get a little dumber, and a lot duller. So here, in appreciation for his years of service and entertainment, are some of Frank’s best YouTube-accessible moments:

“Madam, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.”

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Frank’s answer to whether the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” means that gay men and straight men will now shower together: “We don’t get ourselves dry cleaned.”

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Frank has, at various times in his career, been accused of pushing “the radical homosexual agenda.” In this clip, he defines exactly what that agenda is:

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In a recent Republican debate, Newt Gingrich said Frank should be thrown in jail for his role in the housing crisis. Frank responds:

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