Barney Frank: Distracting Again

From the Boston Globe:

Frank has found a comfortable home in McCain’s speeches in the campaign’s closing days, as one of three congressional Democrats McCain picks out by name as he warns his audience to resist Democratic control of both the executive and legislative branches. McCain mentions Frank along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Harry Reid.

For the last week, McCain has gleefully quoted from an interview Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave to the CNBC cable channel in which he laid out future budget priorities for a Democratic Congress.

“You know, we’ve already seen a preview of their plans. It’s pretty simple and unfortunately pretty familiar: tax and spend. When the chairman of one of the most powerful committees, Barney Frank, says . . .” McCain said Friday night in Durango, Colo.

“Here’s what he said, my friends, and I quote, ‘focus on an immediate increase in spending,’ we should take him at his word,” McCain went on. “And when he says there are, quote, ‘a lot of very rich people out there whom we can tax,’ it’s safe to assume he’s talking about you.”

Frank yesterday dismissed McCain’s words as “an appeal to prejudice” that he said reminded him of past Republican efforts to raise voter concerns about the prospect of congressmen Charles Rangel and John Conyers, who are black, becoming committee chairs.

“I’m flattered by this,” said Frank, who is gay. “But I don’t think I’m the single most important member of the House after Nancy Pelosi. There are also a lot of straight white men who are committee chairmen.”

Frank is the chairman of one of the most powerful committees in the House for financial issues, so his words on taxes matter a lot.  Not only that, he’s one of the foremost symbols of Democratic ineptness in overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  But, for Frank, mentioning his (highly significant within Democratic circles) policy viewpoints is just “an appeal to prejudice.”  Is that how Frank’s going to help our nation through this time of trouble—through tossing out wild accusations of prejudice in order to avoid taking responsibility and facing the facts?  I’m already getting to love this style of oversight.

For an extra-tasty dose of the new kind of Far-Left Democrat Accountability, check out Frank’s new ad, in which he celebrates his declaration that Fannie and Freddie were not facing any kind of crisis his foresight in preparing for the current financial crisis.

(Frank is not running unopposed.  Republican Earl Henry Sholley is challenging him in MA’s 4th district.)

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