“Pugnacious” Barney Frank

This gathering of FrankNPug moments compiled by The New Republic was too good to pass up.

Here’s the recent “dining room table” commentary:

He’ll be uncharacteristically nice:

Mr. Speaker, does whining come out of my time?

Robert’s Rules Rugby:

Boorish with Bill O’Reilly:

Go visit the TNR to catch their commentary on these top five.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    He’s no Barney Fife, that’s for sure. He’s probably the only Congressman in office whose live-in lover ran a prostitution service from the basement of the congressman’s home.

  2. J. Strupp says:

    Not a fan of Franks but I did enjoy this quote from him in David Wessel’s column in the WSJ:


    “Not for the first time, as an elected official, I envy economists. Economists have available to them, in an analytical approach, the counterfactual. Economists can explain that a given decision was the best one that could be made, because they can show what would have happened in the counterfactual situation. They can contrast what happened to what would have happened. No one has ever gotten reelected where the bumper sticker said, “It would have been worse without me.” You probably can get tenure with that. But you can’t win office.”