Barney Frank breaking out his secret weapon in final push

posted at 3:10 pm on October 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

How desperate is Barney Frank in his battle with Sean Bielat? This desperate.  Not only does Frank now have Michael Dukakis stumping for him in the district, he’s literally doubling down on Bush-blaming.  Dukakis isn’t content to just blame W, he also goes after Poppy in this attempt to fire up the base.  He even gets in a dig at the 2000 election, just to complete the picture of undying resentment, caught by Fleming & Hayes (which seems to be down, probably due to the traffic hit from our earlier headline link):

At its heart, Dukakis’ message is that (a) Republicans are worse, and (b) things are better than you believe, and all we need is more time to prove it.  Sounds more than a little like the message the GOP tried in 2006 — and unemployment wasn’t anywhere near today’s level then.  The problem for Frank and the Democrats is that their spending hasn’t improved anything at all, nor does anyone think Obamanomics will produce job-creating growth in the next year, either.

Who will they blame in 2012?  Eisenhower?

Update: F&H is back up, so be sure to check out their Beilat video.

Update: I wrote Franklin & Hayes when it should have been Fleming & Hayes.  Sorry about that!


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I Like Ike

Wade on October 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Please, please God. Retire this person for good.

carbon_footprint on October 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM

There should be a journalistic law against having “Barney Frank” and “Secret Weapon” in the same sentence…

bobnox on October 31, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Barney Frank breaking out his secret weapon in final push

I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I read further and discovered it was not a certain apendage he planned to break out, but Dukakis.

Careful how you wield those headlines there, Ed.

FlameWarrior on October 31, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Pwetty pwetty pweeze vote for me on Novembuh Secwond. My name is Bawney Fwank and I appwooved this message…

bobnox on October 31, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Will Rush be dusting off “My Boy Lollipop”?

Wade on October 31, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Did he borrow any $ from Dukakis? That’s the only way that loser could help Barney.

cartooner on October 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?

Well, lets not forget that much of the infrastructure in the US -in desperate need of repair mind you- is the result of the Eisenhower administration. So sure, he seems like a reasonable villain.

BKeyser on October 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Kiwl da Bwielat Kiwl da Bwielat.

esnap on October 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?

Glad I had put my coffee down…

lovingmyUSA on October 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Wow, did they do dramatic readings of Swedish Land Use Planning together?

rockmom on October 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Hey Mike, just ONE question.

Was Barney Frank right….. or wrong …..about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Friggin schmoe. Get the hell off the stage….. even in front of this pathetic excuse for a “crowd”.

JeffinOrlando on October 31, 2010 at 3:25 PM

When your entire life is built upon the idea that your miserable life, all your failures in life, all your misery is the result of someone else, that your failures are not your own, that unforeseen consequences of your decisions are not your fault, that all decisions you have every made were forced upon you, you might be a liberal.

Skandia Recluse on October 31, 2010 at 3:27 PM

It didn’t look or sound like there were many people there.

usedtobeinmich on October 31, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?

Well, he did spend a lot of time on the golf course…er, never mind.

Extrafishy on October 31, 2010 at 3:28 PM

He’s still sooo boring.

Ted Torgerson on October 31, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?

I was thinking more like Coolidge.

simkeith on October 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Hey Mike, just ONE question.

Was Barney Frank right….. or wrong …..about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

JeffinOrlando on October 31, 2010 at 3:25 PM

C’mon now. If Barney was too stupid to realize there was a prostitution ring being run out his apartment, how can he be expected to understand the consequences of credit default swaps?

trubble on October 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM

 The problem for Frank and the Democrats is that their spending hasn’t improved anything at all, nor does anyone think Obamanomics will produce job-creating growth in the next year, either.

Doesn’t matter. Folks in places like Brookline just need to hear ‘Democrats good, Republicans bad’. Silly things like facts just get in the way…

joejm65 on October 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

There should be a journalistic law against having “Barney Frank” and “Secret Weapon” in the same sentence…

bobnox on October 31, 2010 at 3:14 PM

and “final push.”

TugboatPhil on October 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I hope Barney tanks just like Dukakis did.

Terrie on October 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Well, Halliburton, not Bush, is supposedly one of the “Top 10 Excuses Democrats Will Make for Why They Were Destroyed in the Midterm Elections.”

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/10/31/top-10-excuses-democrats-will-make-for-why-they-were-destroyed-in-the-midterm-elections/

We have already seen our trolls, concerned or otherwise, trot out a few of these beauties.

Bookmark these. You will be sure to hear them after the Nov. 2 bloodbath.

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Dukakis? Did he arrive in his tank?

ladyingray on October 31, 2010 at 3:35 PM

What are the polls saying? I realize he hasn’t had to campaign in upteen years, but he’s in no real danger is he?

Some of the Dems look like beginners. They’ve had such easy reelection campaigns in the past that they don’t know how to really do the deal.

AnninCA on October 31, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Barney Frank breaking out his secret weapon

It’s his lovely little black cocktail dress.

Emperor Norton on October 31, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Kennedy faced one actual reelection threat. He was, according to the story, panicking and called the Clintons in to campaign for him.

They did.

I always personally resented the way he repaid them.

AnninCA on October 31, 2010 at 3:39 PM

What, was Carter busy?

scalleywag on October 31, 2010 at 3:40 PM

OT – I hope Ed or Allah promotes Dr. Zero’s farewell article from the headlines to the main page. He certainly deserves it…

joejm65 on October 31, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Well, Halliburton, not Bush, is supposedly one of the “Top 10 Excuses Democrats Will Make for Why They Were Destroyed in the Midterm Elections.”

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/10/31/top-10-excuses-democrats-will-make-for-why-they-were-destroyed-in-the-midterm-elections/

We have already seen our trolls, concerned or otherwise, trot out a few of these beauties.

Bookmark these. You will be sure to hear them after the Nov. 2 bloodbath.

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2010 at 3:34 PM

What’s so bogus about the Halliburton angle is that Democrats have cozied up to the company too, not just the evil Rethuglicans. Hell, Lyndon Johnson was in bed with KBR before Dick Cheney was even born.

And many Halliburton folks, including a couple of higher-ups, donated to O’bama in 2008.

Del Dolemonte on October 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

did he mention the SR-71 trip to Iran too?

joeindc44 on October 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Justice for Barney Fwank.

petefrt on October 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

What are the polls saying? I realize he hasn’t had to campaign in upteen years, but he’s in no real danger is he?

The last poll I remember seeing put Frank’s opponent within the MOE. I think.

joejm65 on October 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?

Why not? After all, wasn’t Ike the one who coined the term “military/industrial complex”? Wow, that sounds so sinister! Every socialist (including Mr. Fwank) could relate to it

alwyr on October 31, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Do cock kiss?

Pelayo on October 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I Like Ike

Wade on October 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM

My dad still has one of those pins.

Ugly on October 31, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t that economy he speaks of during the Clinton administration improve once a republican congress was put into place? Does he really want to go there?

DethMetalCookieMonst on October 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

If Barney Frank wants to find anyone to truly blame for his present predicament, I cordially invite him to stare long and hard into the mirror of his choice. He will find his answer staring right back at him.

pilamaye on October 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

You know what, being a conservative in Calif I want Boxer out bad, but I would rather see Frank out. Of course both would be awesome!

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on October 31, 2010 at 4:10 PM

But, but, I have made nice over the last few months. You people are supposed to have forgotten about my abrasive, snide, and generally demeaning attitude towards you – Barney Frank

Tell it to your heckling boyfriend Barney, I so hope Bielat costs you your 200K. If you fought so hard over a single of your own dollars (Ferry) I am guessing they had a defribulator on hand for you to write that big check.

bluemarlin on October 31, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Michael Dukakis – proving once more that “Mr. Irrelevant” isn’t the name of the last person picked in the NFL draft.

Branch Rickey on October 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM

When your down to rallying the miniscule crowd who doesn’t believe Bush was actually elected you are toast.

txhsmom on October 31, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Ducaca will just stink things up.

CWforFreedom on October 31, 2010 at 4:18 PM

It would be sweet to say good-bye to Barney.

texasconserv on October 31, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?

Bush. And Bush. And Gingrich. And Bush. And Quayle. And Bush. And Cheney. And Halliburton. And Nixon. And Ford. And Eisenhower. And Bush.

And right now there are probably opposition researchers looking through trash cans in Alaska to see if they can blame Palin for any of it, too.

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 31, 2010 at 4:45 PM

One of my early Tuesday wishes is for Frank to be GONE.

*crosses fingers*

It would be the start to a fabulous evening.

lansing quaker on October 31, 2010 at 4:55 PM

When your down to rallying the miniscule crowd who doesn’t believe Bush was actually elected you are toast.

txhsmom on October 31, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I loved how they thought it was so clever and they all clapped and laughed when he mentioned the 2000 election.

PatMac on October 31, 2010 at 4:55 PM

When your down to rallying the miniscule crowd who doesn’t believe Bush was actually elected you are toast.

txhsmom on October 31, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Especially when those same liberals, eight years later and rechristened as Obamatrons, screamed that the popular vote meant nothing when it was Hillary v. Obama.

Rife. with. Hypocrisy.

lansing quaker on October 31, 2010 at 4:56 PM

The problem for Frank and the Democrats is that their spending hasn’t improved anything at all, nor does anyone think Obamanomics will produce job-creating growth in the next year, either.

According to the CBO and similar economic models run by Wall Street economists, the stimulus saved or added 2-3 million jobs last quarter while adding 1.5 to 3.5% to GDP. In other words, without the stimulus GDP growth might have been negative last quarter. It’s hard to say just how much worse the economy would be today without stimulus spending- and very easy to imagine that things may become much worse once the stimulus spending ends.

There’s a reason why even Republican-appointed economists from the Fed, including Greenspan and Bernanke, supported the first stimulus package. It’s the same rason why many counties such as Germany and China passed either comparable or larger stimulus packages (in the case of China, stimulus was about twice the size of the US as a % of GDP). In the face of massive capital destruction and panic among consumers and businesses, public spending is the only option known to prevent the economy from falling off a cliff.

No one has the clear set of answers when it comes to recovering from a once-a-century crisis that nearly topples the American economic system. But to worry that Obama’s plan has been idiotic, and that everyone in the world is an idiot except for those who subscribe to Tea Party economics, is pretty arrogant and close-minded.

bayam on October 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I had read earlier today that Barney is limiting his campaigning to small groups and not announcing the venues because the hostility towards him brings out anti-Barney groups to the events.

Meanwhile, ObaMao and BiteMe were only able to haul in a little over 8,000 in an arena that holds over 13,000 in Cleveland. The thrill is gone, folks.

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Vote Barney Frank! He has the seal of approval from MA Governors who let killers out of prison so they can kill again!

Dusty on October 31, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?

Why that’s easy, it will be the Republican controlled House. Every problem, fault, pothole, and imperfection will be the fault of the obstructionists in the House. If the Senate is close to Republican control, even at 50-50, they will also be blamed.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2010 at 5:14 PM

The libs are going to ride this blame Bush all the way into the sunset and the days are getting shorter.

Kissmygrits on October 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

In the face of massive capital destruction and panic among consumers and businesses, public spending is the only option known to prevent the economy from falling off a cliff.
bayam on October 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM

http://gohmert.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=211186

Red State State of Mind on October 31, 2010 at 5:20 PM

THE CURSE OF FRANK-ENSTEIN!

Mutnodjmet on October 31, 2010 at 5:23 PM

In the Bielat video over at F&H….was that Scott Brown campaigning with him?

d1carter on October 31, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Yes,DoCaulkis is correct,Liberals have a short memory,and they want to forget who Obama is,and what they have done over the course of the last two years,er,40-60 years to be
more accurate!

So,the Lying,Spinning,Planting and Seeding of Impression of,
Narration History Re-Visionist Re-Do of Ad-Nausem President
Bush its His Fault Failed Policies Propaghanda OverDrive is
in Full Swing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I do hope they`re in a life boat,or seek higher ground come
Tuesday!!!!!!

canopfor on October 31, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I predict in 2012 that the Democrats will be blaming Abraham Lincoln in the campaigns.

MeAlice on October 31, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I cordially invite him to stare long and hard into the mirror of his choice. He will find his answer staring right back at him.

pilamaye on October 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Somehow I doubt “long” and “hard” describe Barney.

leftnomore on October 31, 2010 at 6:12 PM

One loser backing another loser.

GarandFan on October 31, 2010 at 6:29 PM

In the face of massive capital destruction and panic among consumers and businesses, public spending is the only option known to prevent the economy from falling off a cliff.
bayam on October 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM

http://gohmert.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=211186

Red State State of Mind on October 31, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I wish I could believe those guys… but you should wonder why preeminent economists like Greenspan and Bernanke have never advocated that type of policy response.

If the experience of other modern economies isn’t enough, where tax cuts during deep recessions have failed to stimulate spending (when in deep dept or panic, consumers save), look at more recent history. When the US started serious tax cuts in 2002, you didn’t see a broad expansion of the economy outside of the housing bubble. While tax cut advocates promised a rising tide to lift all ships, it’s clear now that the wealthy become wealthier while middle class incomes fell across the board.

bayam on October 31, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Buh-bye, Barney.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq7yDwNP_wI&feature=youtu.be&a

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Had to shut it off at 1:15.Actually my decision was less about Dukakis and more about the zombies standing around him.

DDT on October 31, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Who will they blame in 2012? Eisenhower?
Why that’s easy, it will be the Republican controlled House. Every problem, fault, pothole, and imperfection will be the fault of the obstructionists in the House. If the Senate is close to Republican control, even at 50-50, they will also be blamed.

AZfederalist on October 31, 2010 at 5:14 PM

In his last-fling, anemically attended stump speech in Cleveland, ObaMao accused the Republican of getting “cocky”. A little projection much, ManChild?

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Barney bringing in his big buns…er I mean guns.

Hummer53 on October 31, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Who to blame in 2012? Republicans of course, in fact Bammie has already blamed Republicans for his dismal incompetence in the first two years, in spite of the fact that he had an absolutely history supermajority in Congress that saw him as the messiah.

If he can do that and get away with it without being laughed out of office, he can certainly blame the Republicans in 2012 as well.

slickwillie2001 on October 31, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I hate Barney Frank with every fiber of my being. My only wish is when I die and go to hell Barney is there with me so I can help torment him for all eternity.

Daveyardbird on October 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

If Frank loses this election and gets investigated, he is going to jail for a loooong time.

…And I’m sure he’ll be really popular there.

logis on October 31, 2010 at 10:12 PM

If Frank loses this election and gets investigated, he is going to jail for a loooong time.

…And I’m sure he’ll be really popular there.

logis on October 31, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Never happen, because he is gay, he cannot be prosecuted for anything.

slickwillie2001 on October 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM

At its heart, Dukakis’ message is that (a) Republicans are worse,

4.6% unemployment last time Rep’s had both houses.
and

(b) things are better than you believe, and all we need is more time to prove it. 

How does that saying go “Stop pissing on my shoes and telling me its raining!”

Tea minus 32 hours and counting (PST)

DSchoen on November 1, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Barney Frank breaking out his secret weapon in final push

I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I read further and discovered it was not a certain apendage he planned to break out, but Dukakis.

Careful how you wield those headlines there, Ed.

FlameWarrior on October 31, 2010 at 3:15 PM

NOTE TO ED: Please don’t use “breaking out” and “secret weapon” in future stories about Barney Frank.

It gives us all the creeps…

landlines on November 1, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Barney thinks he’s going to lose, so why shouldn’t I?

dogsoldier on November 1, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Sooner or later there will be generations of young Massachusettsites(sheesh, it looks awful in print)who will/do not know who Dukakis was or is. Many probably do not right now. Who?

jeanie on November 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Dukakis wasn’t that bad…he was no McGivern 2.0. Yeah, he was a democrat. But he was also pro-business and pro-entrepreneurship. He was serious about budgets. These three things are lacking in the current Dem leadership.

purpleslog on November 1, 2010 at 10:50 AM