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Barney Frank’s quips: He might be retiring, but his rhetoric never was

Rep. Barney Frank (shown here in a vintage 1989 photo) is known for pithy quotes. (Charles Tasnadi/Associated Press)

We’ll miss his quips and pithy, sometimes withering comments. Here are just a few of our favorites. What are yours? Leave a comment below with your favorite Frank-isms.

“On what planet do you spend most of your time? Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to have an argument with a dining room table — I have no interest in doing it.” — Town hall meetings about health-care reform in 2009 were growing heated, with lawmakers often the target of angry rhetoric. Frank, however, wasn’t about to put up with it. Asked by a woman about Obama’s “Nazi” politics, he answered in typical form.

“At a time of great crisis with mortgage foreclosures and autos, he says we only have one president at a time. I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He’s got to remedy that situation.” — In 2008, Frank called on then President-elect Obama to play a more aggressive role in the economic issues of the day.

“This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to the system, and it’s expensive to boot.” — In 1986, Frank offered this explanation for his “no” vote on anti-drug legislation.


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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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