Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Barney Frank: "Just Because You Yell Doesn't Mean The Facts Aren't Going To Get Out"

All the heat and fire comes right at the top of this video, when Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), at a town hall meeting in Dartmouth, responds to a woman brandishing a picture of President Obama made to look like Adolf Hitler, but if you've got the time you should watch the whole thing: He handles the crowd well, and he's remarkably cogent and, yes, frank, in discussing the issues. My favorite line is probably still when he admonishes those in the crowd trying to hush an unruly questioner to "please, let him yell," but "I disagree with you that it's socialism to help people who, through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs" is a close second. It'd be nice if some other Democrats took note. It's not gonna happen, but it'd be nice.

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andre (#1,380)

"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.” Zing!

sigerson (#179)

Don't forget the "ma'am" at the begging of that zinger! That mock politeness makes the whole smackdown that much more delicious.

mathnet (#27)

"Sir, I haven't had a secret for 23 years."

Abe Sauer (#148)

Ha ha. Remember when Dick Armey called Frank a "fag?" Ha.

I think there's something to that. I wonder if, because of his "lifestyle," Frank is prepared to deal with public hostilities (without resorting to hostilities himself-the 'high road') more than most other politicians who haven't basically had to spend a lifetime being yelled at in some fashion?

There's something else both exceptionally simple, and far more subtle going on here. They mixed the audio in this meeting. Namely, Congressman Frank's microphone is turned up much louder than the that of the audience members. Furthermore they've had the startling foresight to have a tech somewhere in the wings riding the faders on the mixing board, so they can turn down the volume on the crazies when they start to go off the rails. The effect is that you can always hear the Congressman, and rarely hear the nutjobs.

mathnet (#27)


NicFit (#616)

I don't see any point in even entertaining these lunatics anymore. Force through the public option and let these crazies with apparently no job to go to during the day…uh, join it. You know they will, if they aren't already on "disability".

Abe Sauer (#148)

Too late. The Dems can't rein in their one party anymore so here is no longer a single front through which to force anything.

andrea (#1,025)

Used to live in his district. Hoping to move back one day. He continues to be a rare example of a politician who's actually interested in doing the right thing for his constituents in particular, and the country at large.

atipofthehat (#797)

I wish they all could be like Barney.

EvilMonkey (#1,063)

The man possesses titanium testicles, and the intellect to match. How he restrains himself from yelling, "Go Fuck Yourselves" at the slack jawed yokels is beyond me.

smmrblnkt (#1,383)

I loved this. I agree with a few of you who think that other Dems should be taking note. While it seems astounding to most of us with our marbles intact that there are people in our country that actually believe this nonsense, I think its a good thing that, as Americans, we give them a voice… it's almost like a pat on the head, "Ok, you've been heard, but don't worry, even though you obviously don't understand what's going on, we'll still make decisions that will take care of you, too."

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