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What? Barney Frank Is Gay? I'm Shocked!

In my colleague John Stansbury's posting about Barney Frank's victory speech, quite a few commenters (four of eight) thought it would be clever to allude to Congressman Frank's sexual orientation.

That's right. He's gay. He's a homosexual. A pole-smoker. A backdoor bandit. A rump ranger. A fag. A fruit. A fegala. A pansy. A sissy. A limp-wrister. A sodomite. A cornholer. A buggerer.

Did I miss any?

(Please, that was rhetorical. Don't bother telling me more I've missed.)

Congrats. We've all established what this particularly unattractive 70-year-old man likes to do in his bedroom (or wherever else). So what?

Let's be blunt. Not only does Congressman Frank's sexual orientation have nothing to do with the reasons for which I (and so many others) despise him for, it's actually benefited him politically. The cachet of his being gay has let him skirt past some sexual scandals that would have torpedoed most politicians' careers -- and, cumulatively, would have sunk any other career pol.

In the 80's, Frank was feeling lonely, so he hired a male prostitute. Steve Gobie, who went by the professional name "Hot Bottom," soon moved in with Frank and continued to act as a male "escort" right out of Frank's home. Frank pleaded ignorance when it was discovered, and tossed Gobie out on his hot bottom.

In the 90's, Frank had a less commercially-based relationship with Herb Moses, a gay activist. Well, at least away from the office -- during the day, Moses was a top exec at Fannie Mae, the mortgage backer -- which Frank oversaw through his duties in Congress. Frank was one of Fannie Mae's (and Freddie Mac's) staunchest defenders, insisting that they were perfectly healthy and utterly incapable of collapsing -- right up until they collapsed.

In just the few years, Frank was staying at a home in Maine that was raided by the police. It seems there were marijuana plants on the premises, and Frank's current paramour was busted for possession. Frank -- who has authored numerous bills to decriminalize marijuana and legalize medical marijuana -- insisted that he didn't recognize the pot plants, and was let go.

And in the last campaign, after a debate, the same fellow -- James Ready -- was waiting outside the debate hall. He started heckling and harassing Frank's opponent, Sean Beilat. Such behavior by the domestic partner of any other candidate would at least rate a mention in the media, but we must show "tolerance" for Frank's homosexuality -- outside the blogs, it rated hardly a mention.

So yeah, Barney Frank's gay. We got it, folks. But regardless of one's opinion of gays and gay rights, take a look at Frank's career. Constantly reminding people that he's gay has done nothing but help the guy continue his decades-long rein of error over the American people. It's helped him retain his seat (pardon the expression) and continue to amass power and wield great influence. It took the crushing defeat of his party to strip him of much of his power -- Frank himself handily won re-election, and is still convinced that he's smarter than anyone else and knows what's best for all of us.

And focusing on his sexual orientation is not only not helpful, but downright hurtful. Because it only seems to help him.

So knock it off.


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Comments (26)

Grass grows, birds fly, sun... (Below threshold)

Grass grows, birds fly, sun shines and Barney's gay...

Seriously, this passes as political conversation? Really?

I mean, was 'neener, neener,neener!' not available?

I simply can not understand... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

I simply can not understand the absolute stupidity of Bwaney Fwanks constituency. Here is one of two, (the other being Chris Dodd) men most directly responsible for the housing bubble/mortgage meltdown. Destroying hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives, Lying, repeatedly to the public about the scandalous corruption and incompetency going on in the largest income distribution scheme in our life-time. This Asshat should be behind bars, yet the turds-for-brains voters of the People Republic of Taxachussetts say "mmmmmm that poop sandwich tasted great! Can I have another?" Can Congress men just simply get away with murder? Is it because he's fat gay and liberal that he gets away with murder? WTF! Where is the justice? As the reality party sparks up another blunt...If I ever witnessed someone beating the POS bloody, I'd just keep walking.

Funny how all this writer d... (Below threshold)

Funny how all this writer did was focus on Frank's gayness while lambasting others for doing the same.

Stay classy, Jay Tea.

Always do stay classy.

Next, we can talk about Oba... (Below threshold)

Next, we can talk about Obama's skin.

How thin it is.

You forgot queer. LOL... (Below threshold)
retired military:

You forgot queer. LOL

Missed fairy.I wil... (Below threshold)

Missed fairy.

I will never apologize for pointing out the obvious, no matter how dead the horse is.

I have a confession (and I ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I have a confession (and I feel like a need to go to Confession just for confessing this, believe me). I support the Big Grey Homo on one issue: repealing the major portions of the ridiculous Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), which "prohibits the transfer of funds from a financial institution to Internet gambling sites."--aka, online poker sites like FullTilt and PokerStars. This entire act is a huge "miss" of tax revenue for the gov't, and I, as an avid online poker player, appreciate Frank's support in looking to repeal it. Even so, if I lived in mASS. I still wouldn't vote for the Big Grey Homo.

God, I feel dirty. Can I go home and take a bath now?

Jay, (if you are really si... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Jay, (if you are really sincere?) where were you when Frank was asking for the GOP to censure some of the extremist tea partiers for allegedly calling Frank a "homo commy" in DC at their spring protest?

Even so, Frank's gayness is all a little old hat-I'm sure even Frank is bemused, or immune to the slurs- but what is more relevant and has a certain Frank understated ring to it, perhaps stemming, from his 'Oscar Wilde lifestyle' is his statement:

"Any movement in which the intellectual leader is Michele Bachmann is obviously going to be problematic,"

Now after the GOP have won the election, tea partiers such as Michelle Bachmann have become the GOP's problem, and not the Dems. see House Republicans sabotaging Michele Bachmann's dreams"

"Frank was asking for the G... (Below threshold)

"Frank was asking for the GOP to censure some of the extremist tea partiers"

Still don't 'get it', do you Stevie?

As for Barney:


Barney has used his "gayness" since day 1 to cover his fat ass and large ego. You can't "attack" Barney, he's gay. Barney is all about "equality" for everyone. Until you point out his faults - because, you know, HE'S GAY!

For being 'smart as a whip', he sure does stupid things.

Can we point out that Barne... (Below threshold)

Can we point out that Barney Frank has had not one but two (that we know of) criminal enterprises run out of his house? Oh, but he had no idea, don't you know. So, he's either OK with criminal activity, or he's stupid. Neither one seems to be too much of a selling point, but MA keeps electing the guy. Thank God I got out.

You forgot fudge packer. LO... (Below threshold)

You forgot fudge packer. LOL

Sorry, Steve, I was too bus... (Below threshold)

Sorry, Steve, I was too busy pointing out that no one was called a nigger at that event to get into the details about what might have hurt Congressman Frank's feelings.

Besides, "homo commy?" Isn't truth (even inartfully worded) an absolute defense?


I think I can safely say th... (Below threshold)
C J:

I think I can safely say that I'm not biased against gays (I happen to be gay).

I am, however, disgusted by Barney Frank, and he, along with Harry Reid, were the two I'd most hoped to see go down in flames.

Barney Frank is a disgrace on many levels, and I do feel that the media was unfairly "covering" for him. I think his sexuality was an excuse more than the real reason though... and as proof, I offer this; do you think a gay republican would get this kind of a pass from the media? Hell no.

I'd say you forgot "Crickmo... (Below threshold)

I'd say you forgot "Crickmore" as another nickname for homosexuals, but I wouldn't want to imply that they are all girly little whiners with poor logic skills.

CJ, you're right. Many in the media wanted to give Frank a pass because of his politics. His sexual orientation gave them the cover to do so without admitting the real reasons for doing so.

Just look at any minority or female Republican... they are attacked with the vilest of slurs by the very people that claim to be their champions.

I have never understood the... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I have never understood the vituperation for homosexuals And as for any personal insults. I couldn't care less. As a matter of fact, I could take it as compliment. The most hetrosexual men are normally the most tolerant. Anyway characterizing Frank as homosxexual is like charaterizing Noel Coward, or Cole Porter or William Shakespeare as homosexuals. It is sort of meaningless and doesn't give them full meaasure.

Frank is routinely described and surveryed as the wittiest member of Congress, year after year. In one famous quip he said he was unable to complete his review of the Starr Report detailing President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, complaining that it was "too much reading about heterosexual sex".

His wit and sense of humor rather than his homosexuality, gives him a pass from the msm. Because he is so disarming with his candor, they fail to take him as seriously as they should. I'd agree to that.

Just another lib on a missi... (Below threshold)

Just another lib on a mission. No smarter, no dumber.

All I wanna know is where i... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

All I wanna know is where is his damn teeth? You think he could afford a new set of dentures already.

Steve, I don't think there ... (Below threshold)

Steve, I don't think there were too many people ROFLTAO over that quip. You maybe. Its more a form of arrogance. Which might be why you have trouble recognizing it as such.

I hadn't previously read th... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

I hadn't previously read the comments of John's post, so I had to go see what the hubbub was about. Meh. Nothing wrong with a good homo joke, as long as it's funny. I'd fault most of them for just being very weak in the funny department. Although that one about the butt plug to Frank's pie hole does make for an amusing mental image.

Sober up. Mr. Frank is not... (Below threshold)

Sober up. Mr. Frank is not gay. He is bitter. Mr. Frank uses his homosexuality to avoid being held responsible for his arrogant and rude behavior.

Wit and humor? Seriously? ... (Below threshold)

Wit and humor? Seriously? Spite and tantrums do not equal wit and humor...

Now is it time for investig... (Below threshold)

Now is it time for investigations by the House? Freddie, Fannie, Fed Reserve, ad nauseum?

Frank has got a bad rap on ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Frank has got a bad rap on Fannie and Freddie. If people would take the time to read the politics involved. and what could and could not be passed at the time because Bush (43) was the president. Read 'Barney's great adventure' by Jeoffrey Tobin:

Frank's experience in city hall in Boston led to an impatience with abstractions. He recalled a comment by Lawrence Summers, the former president of Harvard, who will be the director of the National Economic Council in the Obama Administration: "Larry said, 'Oh, well, in the history of the world, nobody ever washed a rented car.' Well, people wash leased cars all the time. And, secondly, poor people don't rent cars. It's just one of those irrelevant things." Frank went on, "In 2004, it was Bush who started to push Fannie and Freddie into subprime mortgages, because they were boasting about how they were expanding homeownership for low-income people. And I said at the time, 'Hey--(a) this is going to jeopardize their profitability, but (b) it's going to put people in homes they can't afford, and they're gonna lose them.'(In a recent op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Lawrence B. Lindsey, a former economic adviser to President Bush, wrote that Frank "is the only politician I know who has argued that we needed tighter rules that intentionally produce fewer homeowners and more renters.") Frank recalled with disdain a Bush Administration proposal to allow time limits on rental vouchers for poor people. "They said, 'Well, don't you agree that we should limit the amount of time people have a voucher?' I said, 'Yes, if you limit the amount of time they can be poor--"I'm sorry, you can only be poor for four years." ' "

In 2005, while the Democrats were still in the minority, Frank contributed to a bipartisan effort to put his objectives--tighter regulation of Fannie and Freddie and new funds for rental housing--into law. At the time, Fannie and Freddie were regulated by a small agency within the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the bill proposed to create an independent agency to monitor their operations. Frank and Michael Oxley, who was then chairman of the Financial Services Committee, achieved broad bipartisan support for the bill in the committee, and it passed the House. But the Senate never voted on the measure, in part because President Bush was likely to veto it. "If it had passed, that would have been one of the ways we could have reined in the bowling ball going downhill called housing," Oxley told me. "Barney, to some extent, is misunderstood--with this image of him as a fierce partisan. He is an institutionalist. He believes in the House and in the process. He eschews the grandstanding style that so many members use and prefers to work behind the scenes and get something done."

Frank seems to enjoy self-... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Frank seems to enjoy self-deprecating gay jokes too. From the same Newyorker profile, i linked to,

Frank no longer censors his ribald sense of humor. Not long ago, Paul Begala, the political strategist, was speaking at a fund-raiser for a gay-rights group and said, "When I told my father, back in Texas, that I was speaking to an L.G.B.T. group, he said that sounded like a sandwich." From the audience, Frank called out, "Sometimes it is!"

But on the more serious subject on the house subprime morgage crisis, Frank is one of the few poliiticians with the courage to say some unpalatable truths:

According to Frank, at the root of the real-estate crisis was a misguided notion that homeownership should be available to all people--what President Bush has called "the ownership society." "The 'I told you so' here is that homeownership is a nice thing but it is not suitable for everybody," Frank said at Boston College. "There are people in this society who don't have enough money to be homeowners, and there are people whose lives are not sufficiently integrated for them to take on the responsibility to be a homeowner. And we did too much pushing of people into inappropriate mortgages and into homeownership." He said that many people would always be renters, and that there was nothing wrong with this. "We need to get back in the business of building rental housing and preserving the housing we have,"

Thanks for putting up "rump... (Below threshold)

Thanks for putting up "rump ranger" my personal favorite(used it here many times) and kudos to Keith #11, I had forgotten another favorite "fudge packer". BUT lets please stop, too many mental images trying to pop up of Barney taking and giving "fudge plunging" is grossing me the heck out. (VOMITING >:-0--------#)

The essence of Barney Frank... (Below threshold)

The essence of Barney Frank in a few seconds:


I really thought Bielat was going to beat him this year.






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