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Frank, full of beans

By Owen Paine on Friday September 15, 2006 08:06 PM

My personal rep, blazing progressive Barney Frank (shown above with caped coffin-sleeper Tom Lantos) seems to have turned into a bit of a wet hen in a recent piece in that dashing people's tribune, the American Prostate

Barney tries mad, mad, double-mad dancing on gentle Bobby Reich's head, because in an earlier issue of the same earnest mag, Bobby R bluntly claims the donks, if they regain control of the House this fall, will do exactly what Karl Rove and I say they'll do -- that is, follow their cheap showboat instincts, and grandstand -- as in raise a hullabaloo about Bushco illegality, profiteering, etc., etc. -- you know, just generally play gotcha with the elephant's behind.

This Bobby claims they'll do, instead of helping the beleaguered middle-income jobholdery, which, to sir Bobby, is the one and only true party mission.

Well needless to say, this touches off a string of Frank firecrackers. Some of these just spring from vanity -- how dare anyone presume to instruct the likes of a barnyard B Frank -- but other pops are clearly explosions of authentic kitchen fury. After all, Bobby stepped on a corn here, right? And Barn has to play it up, with all the righteous outrage he can push through that tiny, lipless, side-sloped Buddy Hackett mouth of his. To the contrary, Mister Robert Reich -- Barnz and his liberal donk friends have no intention whatsoever of going after Bushco:

I know of virtually no support for trying to impeach President Bush among House Democrats, because we understand that this would be entirely counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish both politically and governmentally.
and as to the admonition to help the little guy -- "Why why why," Barney cackles,
I confess to some personal irritation ... when I am told that ... I should in fact think about beginning to do things that I have been doing."
If this is so, Barney -- if all you want to do is help us -- then my advice, once your feathers dry, is figure out you all have been doing, and do soemthing different.

But here's the blink passage to me. Let me set it up first. Bobby in his piece has said, among his other don't-dos, don't waste time trying to expose "nefarious links" Bushco has to [cue sinister drum roll] Wall Street. Here's the barn hen's cluck on that one:

As for myself, I have consistently said that I want to show that liberal Democrats can be fully supportive of the legitimate functioning of financial intermediaries in a responsible capitalist system, while at the same time protecting the rights of consumers and helping address the problem of growing inequality.... I have never argued that this administration has "nefarious links to Wall Street," and in fact it would be very odd if an administration had no links to Wall Street in these areas."
"An administration..." "Odd..." "No links..." So what gives, Barney? Are links to Wall Street bipartisan, with or without the monkey biz, at least "in these [undefined] areas"?

One is tempted to clown it up, and suggest to Barney that his hand-crafted line may reach a level of ambiguity that is itself manifestly nefarious and paradoxically revealing.

Comments (5)


You would think the Democrats would be happy to let Reich appear to be speaking for them, since he has a point of view, values and credentials. Democrats like to think they really try to do the things Reich recommends, only political realities get in the way. Like the Wall Street capos, or "responsible finanical intermediaries" Frank speaks of.


Impeach Bush yourself! No Joke.
This is much more than just a petition.

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the "Jefferson Manual" in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.

That's where we come in. In addition to the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial. ImpeachforPeace.org, part of the movement to impeach the president, has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.


You can initiate the impeachment process yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information in the blanks (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in.


More information on the precedent for submitting an impeachment
memorial, and the House Rules on this procedure, can also be found at
the above address.

If you have any doubts that Bush has committed crimes warranting
impeachment, read this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org/evidence/

If you're concerned that impeachment might not be the best strategy
at this point, read the bottom of this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
Bush, June 18, 2002

"War is Peace."
Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984

js paine:

thank you bobw for grasping the point of my post so tightly

wall street capos ...yes i like that

i can see barn boy here sliding around them motor mouthing like a dust buster


right on
will do

have you a form letter ??

can it be an e mail ???

i can only speak for myself on this
if there's a way to impeach tom lantos
or some other means to legally remove that that ...
coffin sleeper
(as father smiff calls him)
let me know fast and right here at "stop me.."
just like
you done with your jeffersonian house wacking of der bushpoopen
again thanx from the bottom
of my pea pickin heart

js paine:

next to my favorite 40th anniversary refrain

"no one expects the cultural revolution "

my favorite line has got to be

"world can't wait "

wait for what ???

why the meme stylings
and irradiated thought mutations
of none other then
chairman bob
robert avakian
late of the bay area
but now
operating his network of lady mao-bots
from a riviera chateau
over looking the sea
(rumored to have been used in hitch's
to catch a thief )

js paine:

world can't wait ??

shit i can't wait

lantos must go

he's a hollocast dodger

yes i accuse him
of that
and i'll state up front
i haven't a shread of evidence
to make this heinous slander up
beyond his baron von M
tale of a personal wallenberg rescue

too perfect tommy way too perfect

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